Cozy 1850’s Log Cabin: Hike & Explore the Outdoors

Sleeps 52 BR1.5 BA


This 1850’s hand-hewn Chestnut log cabin will transport you back to a simpler time on historic Balsam Mountain. The furnishings and décor are a mix of antique and new to give the feeling of a time long ago while being cozy and comfy. The cabin has several modern conveniences like heat/air and a whole house generator. Sitting at 4,500 feet on the mountain, enjoy panoramic views all year. This 2-bed, 1.5 bath vacation rental is close to outdoor activities so you can get the most out of your stay!


  • Essentials
  • Central Air Conditioning
  • Free Parking
  • Wireless Internet (WIFI)
  • Deck
  • Kitchen


Location Details

ATTRACTIONS: Wheels Through Time Motorcycle Museum (16.7 miles), Ghost Town In The Sky (18.4 miles), Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort (26.2 miles), Museum of the Cherokee Indian (27.5 miles), Santa's Land Fun Park & Zoo (27.8 miles), Great Smoky Mountains Railroad (29.2 miles), Oconaluftee Visitor Center (30.3 miles), The North Carolina Arboretum (38.7 miles), Biltmore (41.6 miles)

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: East LaPorte River Access Park (19.8 miles), Cataloochee Ranch (21.3 miles), Cataloochee Ski Area (22.3 miles), Soco Falls (23.3 miles), Oconaluftee Island Park (27.2 miles), Fire Mountain Bike Trail (27.6 miles), Great Smoky Mountains National Park (29.6 miles), Nantahala Outdoor Center (40.8 miles), Pisgah National Forest (60.2 miles), Ober Gatlinburg (63.5 miles)

LOCAL FOOD: Clyde's Restaurant (6.6 miles), Maggie's Galley Seafood Restaurant (7.7 miles), Haywood Smokehouse (7.7 miles), Bogart's Restaurant & Tavern (8.4 miles), Ian and Jojo's Pizzeria (8.7 miles), Sweet Onion (9.0 miles), Church Street Depot (9.1 miles)

NEARBY TOWNS: Balsam (1.1 miles), Waynesville (8.6 miles), Sylva (12.6 miles), Maggie Valley (17.7 miles), Canton (19.0 miles), Asheville (38.8 miles), Gatlinburg (61.7 miles)

AIRPORT: Asheville Regional Airport (43.0 miles)


21 reviews
  • Lazy Bear Cabin


    This is a great older cabin that has been updated. It has everything you need for a short or extended stay. Host is great with communication. Neighbors and area are quiet and safe and town isn't too far if need be. My son spent lots of time outside exploring around the cabin. Easy day drive to many hiking trails and towns to explore. Will definitely stay again.

    *This review was originally posted on Vrbo

    Cassie B.
    Published April 13, 2022
  • The Be/mountain experience


    The best cabin/mountain experience. The cabin was amazing!!! The history of the cabin was an added benefit. Very cool to stay in an 1850’s cabin. We really liked the touch of some modern conveniences like wifi, etc., however enjoyed the cabin experience. The cabin had such great details like the deer and the fish on the wall and the bear on the front porch. I can go on and on. It was perfect!!! I highly recommend this cabin.

    *This review was originally posted on Vrbo

    Michelle W.
    Published April 13, 2022
  • February '22 @ Lazy Bear Cabin


    Beautiful 19c cabin relocated to it's current location with stunning views from a lazy, chair rockin' front porch that's complete with a wood burning stove. Very nicely decorated throughout with all necessary amenities provided. Centrally located between Sylva and Waynesville in Balsam, 15min to either one, 25min to Cataloochee Ski Ranch, 40min to Asheville. Owners are very responsive to inquiries and gave excellent last mile directions as well as instructions for use and care of the property. Highly Recommend!

    *This review was originally posted on Vrbo

    David R.
    Published March 16, 2022
  • Great time!


    Great time getting away somewhere quiet. Towns were close enough to get what we needed. Plenty of outdoor activities right around the corner

    *This review was originally posted on Vrbo

    Henry B.
    Published December 17, 2021
  • Beautiful and serene


    The cabin is beautiful and not difficult to access. As with any mountain driving going slowly is a must. The owner is great and contacted me beforehand to ensure we knew about a few little cabin quirks and how to locate the cabin via GPS. This was a great touch and during this conversation he recommended great restaurants and places to see. My husband and I were looking for quiet and serene and this cabin is perfectly that. There’s a great little fire pit area and a wood burning stove on the porch for enjoyment. The gas fireplace inside is cozy and warms the cabin amazingly. The owner (and the welcome guide) explained the mini-split Heating/AC unit well but since we didn’t need to use the second bedroom we completely forgot about the third unit when trying to sync them at first! So if for some reason you can’t get heat or air to come on, remember all three units must be set to the same setting :) I love that there’s some great history with the cabin and the area. Lots of thought was put into making every area in the cabin convenient and usable! The view is the BEST from the upstairs window seat. It’s also great from the front porch but that seat is a great indoor view and area for reading. There are stone stairs leading up to the cabin that are a bit steep so be careful if it’s wet! I never felt unsafe but as with any part of a mountain stay just made sure of each step especially when coming down. The area is cute as well, we enjoyed walking around downtown Waynesville and even drove over to Bryson City to take advantage of the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad (highly recommend!). I wouldn’t hesitate to choose Lazy Bear Cabin again!

    *This review was originally posted on Vrbo

    Amber A.
    Published December 8, 2021
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