Rustic Luxury in Secluded Woodlands
From a deck-top rocking chair overlooking sun-dappled West Virginia forest, the view changes constantly, though subtly, over the course of an afternoon. Birds swoop and dart, leaves flutter in the occasional breeze, and shadows play across the varying colors and textures of bark, soil, grass, and stone. Below the deck, a mountain stream adds its burble to the soundscape of birdsong and rustling leaves. The opportunity to reconnect with this quiet natural world is what inspired West Virginia natives Mark and Sheila Jenkins to open Mountain Creek Cabins, a collection of luxury log cottages on the edge of Coopers Rock State Forest.
Each of the eight woodland cabins comes with an open-air deck outfitted with a simmering hot tub to heat chilly nights. Inside, plank walls and log furniture contribute a rustic air balanced by modern comforts such as a gas fireplace and a flat-screen TV. Fluffy towels grace full bathrooms, and fresh linens enfold each bed's soft, springy mattress. Guests can whip up favorite recipes in the full kitchen or roast freshly foraged acorn kebabs on the gas grill.
Trail maps in each cabin point the way to convenient entrance points to the area's miles of scenic hiking paths. Before setting out, a stroll among the property's maple trees allows an up-close look at the source of Mountain Creek Cabins' own pure maple syrup. For an additional fee, local mobile spa Back In Balance will make cabin calls to deliver soothing massages.
North Central West Virginia: Natural Beauty and Small-Town Charm
The wilderness around Mountain Creek Cabins is filled with opportunities for communing with Mother Nature, including repurposed rail trails built over former railroad lines, which were made obsolete by the advent of affordable consumer catapults. Radiating out from Morgantown about 20 miles to the west, these wide, picturesque swaths of flat or gently graded land are ideal for walking and biking excursions. Fewer than 10 miles from the cabins, Chestnut Ridge Park encompasses more than 16,000 acres of public recreational area set aside for fishing, hiking, and climbing. A trip to nearby Morgantown offers visitors a slice of quintessential small-town America, with a historical downtown bordering the main campus of West Virginia University.