Hidden far away from Pinney Woods, hidden in the hill country, or on the edge of a quiet body of water, the charm of a simple cabin has kept the Texans of all kinds remote throughout the state for generations. I was drawn to. .. However, finding the perfect escape can be difficult.After crossing Texas in search of naive loneliness For this magazine In 1987, Jonnick Patsky concluded: “The difficult reality is that a good Texas cabin is as rare as an Alaskan surfboard.”

Today’s travelers are facing the opposite problem. There are too many options to browse online and can quickly be overwhelming. Search for Texas cabins on Airbnb and scroll through thousands of choices, from $ 50 austerity per night to the finest luxury goods. Thankfully, we have done a survey for you and selected 11 favorites by region, price range and style. Each cabin on this list has essentials such as a suitable bed, a nearby bathroom, a kitchen (but primitive), and perhaps the most important views. Some come with much more. It features a jacuzzi tub, exotic animals, a floating sundeck, a s’more station and is close to the sunbathing vineyards. Frankly speaking, calling such a cabin broadens the definition of the term, but we are not here to draw a line in the sand.

Some of these cabins, especially those in state and national parks, are somewhat “overrated,” as Patsky said, and are difficult to secure unless booked as soon as they become available. It remains. For example, reservations for a historic cottage in Chisos Basin in Big Bend National Park are held on January 1st of each year, and by January 2nd, the following spring and autumn dates are usually full. (If you’re willing to survive the heat of the summer, it may take a little longer, and if the dates are flexible, you’ll often use cancellation.)

Still, if you have a Texas destination in mind, there’s probably a cabin nearby. Thirty-five years after the last cabin summary, from Palo Duro Canyon to Baffin Bay, and from Chisos Basin to Big Sikit, Texas has a lot of cozy cabins. Here are some of our favorites.


Chinati hot spring

Louis Dosa
Price: From $ 135
Sleep: 2–4

Colorful huts and mineral springs deep in the Chihuahuan Desert Chinati hot spring, The farthest destination on our list and worth the (long) journey. Each of the seven on-site cabins has heating and air conditioning, some with a private bathtub. Guests prepare their meals by packing food in the communal kitchen.Soaking in a tub and admiring the scenery is enough, but slot canyons and endless trails Big Bend Ranch State ParkDespite the spectacular scenery, it’s a great detour while you’re in the area, getting far less visitors than a national park.


Chisos Mountains Lodge

Big Bend National Park
Price: From $ 165
Sleep: 2–6

Escape from the true mountain, Chisos Mountains Lodge It is located in Chisos Basin in Big Bend National Park. This is an iconic spot with the best sunset views in Texas. Some, if not all, of the southwestern part of the state’s most scenic hikes are the stairs outside the lodge doors. Climb the park’s highest point, Emory Peak, or down the window trails for views of the desert below. Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1940s, stone cottages are the most popular product. However, every room is worth a look, as the setting is the real selling point here.


Contigo lunch

Fredericksburg
Price: From $ 178
Sleep: 2–9

When European settlers emigrated to Hill Country in the 19th century, they built sturdy stone log houses. Contigo LunchJust north of Fredericksburg, there are five cabins dating back to this era, all of which have been elegantly refurbished. Chitals, red foxes and Watushi cattle are one of the many creatures on this 4,000-acre ranch. The property also has 10 modern cottages and an event space for frequent weddings. You can stroll along the property’s nature trail or head out to the nearby Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. With its stylish design and modern finish, these buildings blur the line between rustic cabins and trendy resorts.


Floating cabin

Baffin Bay
Price: From $ 300
Sleep: up to 6

For a long time, the floating cabin was the last frontier of a trip to Texas. Until 2001, owners of these buoyant escapes were able to tow them into the bay and leave them there without permission. For some, it was a remote fishing base camp. Permanent residence for others. Currently, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Service is granting permits to these cabins.And private fitting outfits are beginning to lend out unique spaces to those who like bay fishing and are serious about it. true Escape from everything. Sleeping on the water means that you can fish spotted seatrouts day and night. Buffin cabin Is a “fisherman’s and fisherman’s costume” and rents two structures in the bay. There are bunk beds and you have to bring your own linen, but don’t expect luxurious furniture. However, falling asleep on the water is a rare and unusual experience.Includes other nearby options Laguna Adventure When Buffin Bay Floating Cabin..

A hut in Baffin Bay. Courtesy of Baffin Cabin
Fossil rim lodge.
Fossil rim lodge. Courtesy of the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

Left: A hut in Baffin Bay. Courtesy of Baffin Cabin

Above: Fossil rim lodge. Courtesy of the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center


Fossil rim

Glen Rose
Price: From $ 225
Sleep: 2

and Fossil Rim Wildlife CenterBiologists are conducting wildlife research and joint conservation programs to protect endangered species. Red wolf.. The center is also a safari park where families can stop by for a day or weekend. Giraffes and zebras graze on grass pastures not far from the camp’s seven cabins. This cabin has two twin beds, an AC, and a bathroom. The enclosed camp overlooks a popular drinking fountain, allowing guests to spy on a variety of native and exotic species. Visitors can also book suites at Fossil Rim Lodge, book guided tours, or drive their own car on the self-guided Gosdin Scenic Drive.


Getaway Piny Woods

LaRue
Price: From $ 109
Sleep: 1–4

Based in Brooklyn since 2019 run away We have opened three outposts in Texas, Piney Woods, Hill Country and Brazos Valley. The company is building small, thoughtfully designed cabins throughout the country, relatively short drive from major cities. All getaway cabins have large windows overlooking nature from a comfortable bed. Getaway Piney Woods, Texas’s first and perhaps most scenic location, is a collection of 40 cabins near Larou, about 90 minutes southeast of Dallas. Each site is a dog-friendly, one-bed or two-bed cabin with a bathroom, cooking space, outdoor fire pit and picnic table. Explore the nearby Party Creek State Park and Tyler State Park, or relax in or around the cabin.

Getaway piney cabin with large windows.
Getaway Piny Woods Cabin with large windows.Getaway courtesy.

Ink Lake State Park

Burnett
Price: $ 55
Sleep: 4

The 22 cabins in Inkslake State Park are simple concrete block structures with one very important asset: air conditioning. Paddler exploring the lake and swimmers jumping off the pink gneiss cliffs of the Devil’s Water Hall can spend the night in the park relatively comfortably during the summer thanks to the temperature-controlled cabin. Each site has an outdoor grill, a picnic table, and a shared bathroom nearby. This isn’t the quietest and most luxurious cabin on the list, but it has miles of hiking trails, boat rentals, and lots of fishing, but it’s enough to keep you busy.


Naturalist Budwar

Lumberton
Price: From $ 203
Sleep: 2

Located in the heart of Big Sikit, just 8 miles south of Village Creek State Park, 300 acres Rock Dollar Lunch in Lumberton is an event venue for renting 4 cabins and 2 homes. The original structure, Naturalist Boudoir, is a high-ceilinged cabin full of light, with beds hanging from rafters and outdoor hot tubs and showers. The other three cabins follow a similar design. Bring hiking boots and canoes to explore miles of trails and waterways. Big Sikit National Reserve..

Lumberton's Naturalist Budwar Cabin.
Lumberton’s Naturalist Budwar Cabin. Courtesy of Naturalist Budwar

Palo Duro Canyon State Park

Canyon
Price: From $ 60
Sleep: 2–6

Palo Duro Canyon State ParkThere are three types of accommodation in the flatness of Texas High Plains, flooded with a series of canyons just south of Amarillo. Above the edge of the canyon are three stone huts built in CCC, with vast views of the valley below. The park’s cow camp loop has four rustic stone cabins with all the essentials. If you are looking for something a little more luxurious, Palo du log lamp On the canyon floor, we operate a “lamp site” with hammocks and board games.Pack your mountain bikes and hiking boots to explore the second largest canyon in a country with painters inspired by the pastel desert lights. Georgia O’Keeffe..

Paradise on Lake Texoma

Pottsboro
Price: From $ 99
Sleep: 2–4

Located on the shores of Lake Texoma near the Oklahoma border, just 15 minutes from the Huggerman National Wildlife Refuge. Paradise on Lake Texoma In addition to a small number of cabins, we offer four “cabanas” and six “casitas”. Most of the trendy little buildings are remodeled vintage railcars with an outdoor kitchen and fire pit. The site also has a community bar and a hammock garden. You can rent a stand-up paddleboard or kayak to paddle out to the islands of the lake. Another option is to go hiking and monitor bird and butterfly migration in the Wildlife Refuge or nearby Eisenhower State Park. Flocks of geese pass through in winter, and monarchs and hummingbirds arrive in spring.


River View Cabin at Camp Finfo

New Braunfels
Price: From $ 114
Sleep: 2

The lower Guadalupe River is considered a sacred body of water in this part of the state, thanks to generations of Texas people floating between the cypress-lined coasts. With a 1,000-foot river frontage just downstream of the Canyon Dam, there are few better places to stay along the embankment than this 180-acre campsite. The campsite has 250 RV sites, but there are also coyote cabins, 3-bedroom cottages with kitchenettes, and rental cabins such as private patios. However, the place to stay here is one of the three riverview cabins. A small black A-frame with air conditioning, mini fridge and Scandinavian chic aesthetics. Camp Fimfo is a derivative of the family-friendly Jellystone Park campground brand, but with a more sophisticated feel. There is still a water park and waterslide, but the property also has a poolside cabana and a swim-up bar. You can also play pickleball and cornholes, and hiking trails are planned for later this year. However, the river is the main attraction. You will be returned by shuttle service on the tube in Guadalupe directly from the hotel. At sunset, there is a restaurant and tavern on site where you can enjoy homemade Texas Pecan ice cream and specialty cocktails, and all campgrounds or cabins have a fire pit. Of course, describing what you’re doing at Camp Fimfo as “camping” may be a generous definition of the term. Whatever it is, it’s certainly fun. — Ryan Clog