Coopers Rock State Forest in West Virginia got its name from a story about a fugitive who hid out in the woods near a rocky overlook. The fugitive was a cooper by trade, and legend has it that he soon resumed making and selling barrels and continued to live in the woods for several years. The boundary of the forest named in his honor comes right up to Mountain Creek Cabins, a collection of luxury log cottages owned by West Virginia natives Mark and Sheila Jenkins. The quiet, tree-filled countryside still makes for a nice place to hide out from the world.
Each of the five woodland cabins available for this Getaway—Black Bear, Maple Tree, Bobcat, Shawnee, and Mountaineer—comes with an open-air deck outfitted with a hot tub. Inside, plank walls and log furniture contribute to the rustic atmosphere, which is balanced by modern comforts including a gas fireplace and a flat-screen TV. Use the full kitchen to whip up home-cooked meals or roast freshly foraged acorn kebabs on the gas grill outside. Each cabin has its own personality—the Shawnee cabin looks like an A-frame ski lodge, whereas the Maple Tree cabin is more snug, with a traditional log-cabin design and a lofted area reachable only by ladder.
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 for an up-close look at the source of Mountain Creek Cabins' own pure maple syrup.
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The wilderness around Mountain Creek Cabins is filled with opportunities for communing with Mother Nature, including hiking paths made from repurposed railroad lines. Radiating out from Morgantown about 20 miles to the west, wide, picturesque swaths of flat or gently graded land are ideal for walking and biking excursions.
Less than 10 miles from the cabins, Chestnut Ridge Park spreads across more than 16,000 acres of public recreational area set aside for fishing, hiking, and climbing. A 30-minutre drive east brings you to downtown Morgantown, which offers visitors a slice of quintessential small-town America next to the main campus of West Virginia University.