Camp Creek State Forest opens remote guest cabin

Camp Creek State Forest opens remote guest cabin
The mountaintop cabin requires a hike of more than three miles to access. (Photo courtesy W.Va. Dept. of Commerce)

A remarkable remote cabin that requires a 3.3-mile hike to access has been opened at , providing guests the opportunity for an unmatched off-the-grid experience in West Virginia.


The Ranger Outpost Cabin is the first of its kind to be offered at Camp Creek, which is both a state park and forest renowned for its variety of camping accommodations.

Stephen McDaniel, director of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, haled the cabin as an ideal addition to the forest with vast areas of uninhabited mountains.

"We're excited to get this cabin open and offer something unique to folks looking for a secluded place to enjoy an adventure in the mountains," McDaniel said.


"I want to thank everyone at the park and the good folks at the Camp Creek Foundation for their hard work on this project. We look forward to seeing the impact this cabin is going to have on tourism in Mercer County and the surrounding area."

Like the park's Pack-It-In,-Pack-It-Out campground, the Ranger Outpost Cabin is located on the forest side of Camp Creek and provides a rustic experience away from modern facilities.

Though the park entrance is a drive of fewer than two miles from Interstate 77, park superintendent Frank Ratcliffe said the venue is ideal for those who wish to escape the hustle and bustle of civilization.

"This cabin is really special and perfect for people who want to escape to the mountains and experience what cabin life was like a century ago," Ratcliffe said.


"We're already getting reservations and expect this cabin to be popular because when you get up on that mountain, breathe in the fresh air, and hear nothing but silence, you won't want to leave."

Before making a reservation, guests should note that the Ranger Outpost Cabin does not have electricity, running water, or a kitchen.

The cabin features a studio-style interior with four bunk-style beds and a loft with a twin bed. Mattress pads are provided, though guests are encouraged to pack their own bedding, lights, water, and other items needed for an overnight stay.

There is a cooking grate, fire ring, picnic table, and toilet located outside. Guests who make a reservation will be contacted with directions on where they can park their car during a stay.


The Ranger Outpost Cabin may be reserved by calling West Virginia State Parks at 1-833-WVPARKS.

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