We’ve come a long way since the humble log cabin of homesteading days, although there’s still a comforting simplicity to a home on the range made from a lattice of sturdy wood beams. These days, however, even the most remote and secluded log homes are filled with luxury interior trimmings that befit their purpose as full-time residences as well as exquisite retreats. We admit, plenty of log homes out there skew toward the McMansion school of design, but there are still those that exude character and timelessness—as well as unbeatable locations. Here’s a roundup of some of our favorite log homes and cabins for sale around the country.
TRAVIS COUNTY | TEXAS | $3,995,000 | PROPERTY ID: 3043773
A world away from the nearby high-tech hustle of Austin, Texas, the five-bedroom log home at Fall Creek Ranch stands as the centerpiece of this 68-acre natural wonderland threaded by its namesake creek. Built in 2004, the ranch lodge was constructed from reclaimed wood including antique shiplap and lumber from a late 18th-century cotton mill and a church constructed in Taylor, Texas, in 1901. For good reason, this beckoning Hill Country log home was featured in the April 2016 issue of Cabin Living magazine.
SAN MIGUEL COUNTY | COLORADO | $9,750,000 | PROPERTY ID: 2904588
Tucked in a secluded canyon beneath southern Colorado’s Uncompahgre Plateau, Cascabel Ranch is a trophy fishing property that lives up to its billing as the “crown jewel” of the San Miguel. Over three miles of the trout-rich San Miguel River flows northwest through the 318-acre property, offering private trout fishing that is second to none. As if not to distract from its enviable natural setting, the Peter Dominick-designed main log home and adjoining guest cabins offer discrete mountain living that’s luxurious yet never overbearing. Dominick was the architect for Walt Disney World’s Wilderness Lodge and Animal Kingdom Lodge, themselves frontier-evoking representations of the log-cabin aesthetic.
PARK COUNTY | MONTANA | $8,500,000 | PROPERTY ID: 2965656
Strawberry Creek Ranch is an all-deeded property that borders the remote and wildlife-rich slopes of Montana’s Absaroka Wilderness Area. The property sits between Strawberry and MacDonald creeks, a pair of scenic mountain streams that tumble out of the wilderness area (and which power a hydroelectric plant that provides incremental ranch income through an annual energy lease). The property features a newer two-story hand-hewn log home, plus a 1,800-square-foot home remodeled from a late 18th-century homesteader cabin. Over a thousand square feet of porches in the main log home offer plenty of space on which to enjoy spectacular sunset views over the Yellowstone River Valley.
GREENBRIER COUNTY | WEST VIRGINIA | $1,800,000 | PROPERTY ID: 2632679
Purchase your own slice of mountaintop seclusion with this 543-acre estate in the wooded hills of West Virginia’s Greenbrier Valley. A custom-built 2,450-square-foot log home affords sweeping views of the area’s surrounding mountains, with interior amenities including a state-of-the-art kitchen, welcoming great room with stone fireplace and large wraparound porch area. The property includes 22 miles of trails open to ATVing, hiking and mountain biking.
HUERFANO COUNTY | COLORADO | $3,995,000 | PROPERTY ID: 2597065
Indian Creek Ranch’s expansive 16,544-square-foot log home has been restored from a century-old log cabin that originally housed the ranch’s cowboys. Today, eight bedrooms are equipped with private kitchenettes and bathrooms, while upscale living amenities include a home theater, light-filled great room and well-appointed kitchen. Beyond its beautiful log home, the property affords epic views of southern Colorado’s Spanish Peaks, as well as access to an 11-acre trout lake and Indian Creek.
DESCHUTES COUNTY | OREGON | $8,570,000 | PROPERTY ID: 2256187
Diamond Bar R Ranch’s massive 10,275-square-foot log home is the striking centerpiece to a striking piece of land amidst the lush pine forests and meadows of central Oregon. The great room’s huge vaulted ceilings and floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace beckon visitors in, while the upscale log home’s four bedrooms, family room, library, game room and wine cellar make this a dream residential retreat. Outside, a stocked pond with its own white-sand beach and over three miles of Deschutes River frontage promise recreation and adventure for the future owner of this unique 700-acre estate.
GILES COUNTY | VIRGINIA | $1,277,000 | PROPERTY ID: 2755085
This custom-built three-bedroom log home takes full advantage of its bucolic setting in the rolling hills of southwestern Virginia, with almost a mile of river access to Walker Creek for fishing, tubing and other summer fun. Located close to the college town of Blacksburg, Virginia, as well as within range of Roanoke, the property would make for an ideal residential investment or second home for residents of the bustling Washington, D.C. metro region.