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Big Rock Log Cabin Secluded Yet 5 Minutes From Natural Bridge & Red River Gorge

Bedrooms 2
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 - 4 nights

About the property

Cozy Secluded Log Cabin Tucked Under Towering Cliffs Flanked By Massive Boulders

Nestled under the sandstone bluffs that nature carved out of Rocky Hollow, things are quiet, easy going, and perfect for your holiday away from it all. Here lies Big Rock Log Cabin tucked away in the Kentucky mountains yet only minutes away from Natural Bridge State Park, Red River Gorge and the Daniel Boone National Forest. After a day of fishing, hiking, or rock climbing, Big Rock is a wonderful place to come home to. Relax on a large covered porch complete with comfortable lounge chairs and table. Come ready to grill out on the porch at the gas grill and eat out under the trees at a picnic table nestled up in Big Rock Hollow. Big Rock Log Cabin beckons you to slow down, relax, and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature, all in the comfort of a cozy & well furnished log cabin, or lean back in a lounge chair inside Big Rock’s own rock shelter. Big Rock Cabin is fully furnished with new furniture and antiques, creating a cozy, comfortable feeling. All linens, blankets and towels are furnished so all you need to bring are food, drink, and personal items. Central air and heat will keep you comfortable any time of the year. Big Rock Cabin has a bath and a half plus a Jacuzzi. Do you like to cook? We just finished the new galley style kitchen that is fully furnished with refrigerator, electric stove, dish washer, microwave, toaster oven, coffee pot, and all the utensils you need for cooking, eating, and drinking. Don’t want to cook? During the season Big Rock is only 5 minutes away from great pizza, subs, or a full buffet dinner. That’s the nice thing about Big Rock, it’s close to everything, but when you top the ridge and drive down into Rocky Hollow you are suddenly away from it all. Natural Bridge State Park is only 5 minute drive where you can enjoy hiking trails, swimming pool, fishing lake, or dinner in the resort lodge. Five minutes more and you are in the Red River Gorge Geological Area and the Daniel Boone National Forest with it’s forest and mountain trails leading to huge natural stone arches and fantastic views of cliff lined valleys. You can even enjoy the trails with your dog in the National Forest. This is a wonderful, undiscovered part of nature where you will see breath taking views without hoards of people. There isn’t a stop light for 20 miles. Come to the Kentucky Mountains and stay at Big Rock Log Cabin. This is a family cabin and not for parties so no spring breakers please.

John Glover
Member since: 2014
Speaks english
Response time
Within a few hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
25 February, 2017

About John Glover

Originally an archaeologist but for many years I have dealt in antiquarian books and historic documents with my bookstore Glover's Bookery. I live in downtown Lexington, KY but am a nut for the great outdoors, thus Big Rock was born [my life saver].

John Glover purchased this cabin in 2005

Why John Glover chose Natural Bridge

Big Rock is only a hour from Lexington yet located in the most beautiful deep woods natural area in Kentucky surrounded by cliffy wilderness. I bought Big Rock specifically because it is a Log cabin (a must), was unfinished (so I could finish the inside like I wanted), is under the cliff (my golden retrievers don't know what a cliff edge is), the property has interesting features (massive block boulders, a rock house, and gorilla rock), and lastly is close to Natural Bridge and Red River Gorge (Natural Bridge State Park shares a back property line with Big Rock). Fell head over heels for it the moment I saw it.

What makes this cabin unique

New log cabin yet cozy, rustic, and inviting. All wood everywhere, not a drop of paint or sheetrock to be found. Nestled under a 40 foot sandstone cliff with flanked by block boulders the size of a house. Just steps from a huge rock shelter (the rock house) and Gorilla Rock. The cabin if full of unique Folk Art from all over rural American as well as from my travels.

Guestbook comments from the owner

As my husband said, He brought me here for my birthday and it was one of the best surprises I ever had. This place is magic. So many thing to appreciate (the cabin, the design, decoration, camp fire outside, every thing clean, cozy, prepared with so much love!..). The natural beauty surrounding the cabin is just surreal. I barely went to sleep. The excitement of being here was great. Now we are leaving I almost feel depressed, I don’t want to go back to reality but also a feeling of joy and hope we will come back soon!

I live in Stanford, KY but I’m originally from Sad Paulo, Brazil and this is one of the most beautiful place I visited, love U all, Thanks for everything
Jul 2013
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Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(38 traveller reviews)

Big Rock Log Cabin Secluded Yet 5 Minutes From Natural Bridge & Red River Gorge
average rating of 4.8421054 based on 44 reviews

Comfortable stay in the Kentucky mountains

  • 4 of 5

Our family, 4 adults, enjoyed a lovely 3 night stay over Christmas. Much to our surprise the house was totally decorated for Christmas! The weather was rainy and overcast so we did not venture from the cabin. We did enjoy roasting marshmallows at the outdoor fire ring under the rock ledge. The cabin has all that one needs for sleeping, playing board games, cooking and eating. If it is especially cold you might want to bring extra blankets. It is a well used cabin but comfortable.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your stay at Big Rock. Sorry the wintery weather kept you from enjoying the beautiful sights in Red River Gorge and Natural Bridge State Park. The blankets in the cabin seem to get moved around. It seems most of them made there way into the trunk upstairs at the foot of the bed. We'll get them redistributed. I too have noticed the sleeper sofa is getting a bit worn and have moved it high of the list of replacements. Already for this year we have new chairs coming in for the dining area table. Last year we put in new mattresses, bedding, and towels. Just last week we replaced the kitchen cook ware. We are constantly upgrading and decorating the cabin with new but also with old folk art and unique items that sets the charm of Big Rock.
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  • 5 of 5

We spent 2 wonderful nights at Big Rock Log Cabin. We decided to take the trip to the cabin on very short notice. To my delight and John (owner) answered our questions and booked the cabin for us immediately. When we arrived, found the home better than expected (you never know with pictures). Quaint, cozy, clean, charming....just beautiful. The cabin was fully stocked with everything needed to prepare meals. We even put steaks on the grill one night. Internet, cable, cell service worked perfectly. Art work in the cabin also kept the stay interesting. We could tell a lot of thought went into every piece of decor. It was even nicely decorated for the Christmas holiday. Outside, we roasted marshmellows over the fire pit at the big rock, and hiked. Also hit up the lodge for lunch. Great food, good people.

I can't say enough good things about Big Rock!

We enjoy and will defiantly be back!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wonderful to have you with us and to hear you enjoyed your stay at Big Rock Log Cabin. We look forward to having you again. John
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Louisville, KY

Perfect family getaway

  • 5 of 5

This cabin was just perfect for my family of four. It is comfortable and homey. The kids thought the rock shelter and fire pit were the coolest thing ever, so we had s'mores every night. The location is great, as it feels secluded and off the grid, but has amenities like cable and wifi, and is ten minutes from places to eat and shop.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for cooing Big Rock for your visit to Kentucky's best kept secret, Red River Gorge. Ya, s'mores in the rock house is really special. Hope to see you again. John
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Great Get-away

  • 5 of 5

Well maintained and clean, a very nice property. Private location was a prefect get-away. And as everyone else has said the art is awesome!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for coming to Kentucky's Red River Gorge and choosing Big Rock for your accommodations. The Art is special. Most of it is by Southern and Appalachian artists, some right in the local area. Folk art by untrained artisans is special. Hope to see you again, John
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  • 5 of 5

We three couples enjoyed our 5 nights at this special cabin. The location is very close to all that Natural Bridge State Park and the Red River Gorge National Park area. We have rented several homes around the world through HomeAway/VRBO, all have been as advertised and better; however, this one has a special feel about it because of it's location, under a rock wall and all of the display of unique art. It is especially well equiped and if anything is missing, just call the owner and he will be glad to help. We hope to rent it again.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for coming to Kentucky's Natural Bridge, Red River Gorge and chosen Big Rock Log Cabin. I fell in love with Big Rock the moment I saw it's setting under the cliff and the cabin size bolders that it gets it's name from. We look forward to your return. John
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Columbus, Ohio


  • 5 of 5

My husband and I just spent this past week celebrating our anniversary at Big Rock Cabin. It could not have been more perfect. From the comfort of the cabin to the weather- it was a perfect week.

John - thank you so much for sharing your cabin! We absolutely loved the seclusion and the quiet. We hiked every day and this was a convenient location for accessing the Red River Gorge and Natural Bridge areas. The cabin is very clean and the beds are comfortable. It was just the 2 of us - but the cabin accommodates more if needed. We did actually use one of the upstairs beds ( this was our 32nd anniversary and we get along fine- but sleep much better if we have separate beds- LOL- someone tosses and turns and maybe snores- not saying who) My husband appreciated having a bathroom available upstairs as this is where he slept. Typically when we have stayed in a cabin where the beds are up in a loft there is not a bathroom in the loft- so this was a real plus in the middle of the night.

The kitchen had everything we needed. We made breakfast and dinner there almost every day- except 1 night we got Miguel's pizza- highly recommended. There was plenty of seating in the living area and it was very comfortable for reading or watching TV.

Lastly, we love the art! John has a fabulous collection. My favorite is the salamander above the patio door.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Lexington Bluegrass Airport
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Martha Lane Collins Mountain Parkway
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Rock House Restaurant
Car: necessary

At Big Rock Log Cabin you are surrounded by deep forest, towering cliffs, and you'll have your own large rock house just outside the backdoor of the cabin. The are boasts some of the most beautiful hiking trail east of the Mississippi, most leading to stone formations or natural stone arches. An undiscovered bit of heaven.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cabin in Slade, Kentucky

Rental Basis:
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Memorial Day
26 May 2017 - 28 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
4th of July
30 Jun 2017 - 3 Jul 2017
4 night minimum stay
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Labor Day
1 Sep 2017 - 3 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
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Nightly Rate
6 Oct 2017 - 13 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
23 Nov 2017 - 26 Nov 2017
4 night minimum stay
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22 Dec 2017 - 24 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
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New Years
29 Dec 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee A$33 + Tax
Tax Rate 7.06%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin rental in Slade, Kentucky

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure
  • Full bathroom off great room with tub shower combination and in the loft a sink, toilet closet, and a Jacuzzi jet tub.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 large double bed
  • Queen size bed in Master bedroom off the great room, 2 queens in a large loft, and a queen sleeper sofa in the great room.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • festivals
  • forests
  • recreation centre
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
Come to a secluded cabin in the woods yet only 5 minutes from Natural Bridge State Park Lodge and 10 minutes from Nada tunnel into Red River Gorge. Area hiking trails go to some of the most beautiful cliffty wilderness east of the Mississippi with most trails going to large natural formation and stone arches. The is a real get away from it all vacation.