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PA Wilds Mtn Cabin, 8 pvt acres in state forest, near Elk Herd & 2 State Parks


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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 3
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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PA Wilds Mtn Cabin, 8 pvt acres in state forest, near Elk Herd & 2 State Parks

Bedrooms 3
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Clearfield Cabin Rental Photos and Description

3BR 1 bath, sleeps 6-9, Mountain Cabin, near I-80, Clearfield, PA Wilds, USA

Cedarwood Lodge is a mountain cabin on eight forested acres surrounded by the Moshannon State Forest with access to thousands of acres for exploring nature directly from the grounds. Only 4 miles off PA I-80, Exit 111, the cabin provides easy access to Parker Dam and S.B. Elliot state parks and the nearby Elk Herd and Elk Scenic Drive.

The Lodge is completely equipped including linens, all kitchen needs, microwave, gas cook stove and gas grill, coffee maker, toaster, TV/VCR/DVD with family movies (no TV reception), phone, wood burning stove/fireplace, and full bath with tub and shower.

Homemade bread, and sweet rolls or muffins are provided for your first morning's breakfast. Coffee and tea provided.

Deer, turkey, foxes, and an occasional bear can be observed making their way past the Lodge. Enjoy dark skies & complete privacy - easy access to the 'middle of nowhere' - just 15 minute drive (12 miles) to Clearfield or DuBois.

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It is easily accessible from the main highway, yet completely private and secluded. The Lodge is a great place for family get-togethers, a romantic get-away for two, or a gathering of friends.

Some comments from our guests:

'...But the best things were the walks along the logging roads, beaver ponds, flowers starting to bloom, and the peace and tranquility of the backwoods.' Ralph, Nancy, Tucker, Keisee and Marlie, from Novelty, Ohio

'Our drive was 5.5 hours, but it was worth it. We are sad to leave this hideaway to return to the stress of the city.' Amy and Pete from New York City

'We wanted to renew our friendships, enjoy nature, and escape the hustle and bustle of life. We wanted to laugh and talk late into the night. Here at Cedarwood, it all happened.' Barb, Ruth, and Diane from Evans City, PA

'We enjoyed three of the best days of our lives here! This is an absolutely wonderful place.' Chuck and Lori - newlyweds

Chuck and Lori - newlyweds

Although there is not onsite swimming, the cabin is located 2 miles from two state parks which have swimming, boating, nature center, hiking trails of all degrees of length and difficulty. There are beaver dams within walking distance of the cabin.

More Pictures at our website: Check out the Area Attractions and more pictures of Cedarwood Lodge at our website -

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Peggy (Owner)
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Guestbook comments from the owner

From the Journal: "Our children were part of the Region 22 Championship for the World Tang Soo Do Association. We're from the Pittsburgh Area and with 3 kids our goal was to find a more private place to stay instead of a hotel. This place was perfect. We loved our stay! The breads provided were delicious! The kids loved the upstairs room - it was like a tree house! We would definitely love to come back sometime - maybe kid-free - lol. Thank your for such great hospitality. God bless you and yours."
Apr 2014
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PA Wilds Mtn Cabin, 8 pvt acres in state forest, near Elk Herd & 2 State Parks
average rating of 4.5 based on 43 reviews


  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a relaxing, peaceful, beautiful, and clean place to stay with trustworthy tenants......this is the place for you!!! We HIGHLY recommend it to anyone!!! Many things to do around the area or sit and relax in the comfort of the home. The owner had fresh baked goods upon our arrival!! How cool is that??

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Great Stay!

  • 5 of 5

Peggy responds very quickly! She is very informative and precise with all the information regarding the cabin. A group of friends and I stayed at the cabin for a weekend and it was a great experience. The cabin felt like home. It was very clean and cozy! I definitely plan on making another trip out there during the summer!

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you and your friends enjoyed your stay at Cedarwood Lodge. We have many repeat visitors and would be happy to have you return for a warm weather visit! There are many things to see and do in the spring, summer and fall that just aren't as accessible in the winter. Thank you for submitting a review and for taking the time to share your experience at our cabin in the PA Wilds!
Greensburg, PA

Nice place, nice people!

  • 5 of 5

A friend and I stayed here (with my dog) mostly on a whim. The owner was very accommodating despite my last-minute reservation and uncertain time of arrival. The place was warm and clean, and there were delicious muffins and bread waiting for us. It is not so much a cabin in a rustic sense, as it is very tidy and comfortable through and through, but the location - along with the optional use of the wood stove - give it a nice cabin feel. It is true that it is near a major road, but this didn't bother us in the least bit. There are hiking trails right out the door whenever you want to explore far from the highway, and there are a couple of very nice parks within a ten minute drive.

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm glad you called at the "last minute". Sometimes the urge and/or the opportunity to getaway is last minute and can't be helped. We are happy to accommodate a reservation request, no matter how close to arrival assuming availability. When it is possible to accept a late booking there is serendipity for guests and hosts alike. As you discovered during your stay, the Moshannon State Forest provides over 188,000 acres of trails, little country roads and forested mountains to explore directly from the cabin property. It doesn't take long to leave all traces of civilization behind. It is a good idea to take a compass along for the hike though as cell service can be spotty in the mountains. It sounds like you personally experienced the reason the region has been dubbed the Pennsylvania Wilds! Thanks for coming and for submitting the review. It is appreciated!

Wonderful weekend retreat!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent two wonderful nights at Cedarwood. We were so pleased with how charming the Lodge was with the adorable accomodations. Everything was very clean and tidy. Peggy does a great job stocking the kitchen, even leaving little treats to nibble on during the stay! I appreciated all of the notes explaining how to take care of the Lodge while we were there....from how to get wood for the fire pit to how to find a great place to get groceries/ supplies. The locatation is just perfect-completely secluded. We enjoyed the area by biking, hiking, and making the drive to Benezette to watch the elk. For dinner, we went to Luigi's in Dubois which is always personal favorite! Such a great, refreshing, and relaxing weekend! We can't wait to go back.

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to host your visit to the PA Wilds! This has been a great season for elk viewing - every guest we hosted at the cabin and at the bed & breakfast in town had successful sightings. Another recent guest shared a video he took on his phone of two bull elk repeatedly clashing while a field full of female elk and calves looked on. Thank you for taking time to submit a review. It is very much appreciated. I am so glad you enjoyed your stay and would be happy to welcome you back any time.

Not What I Expected

  • 2 of 5

This cabin was not at all what I expected, or as advertised. It sits about 100 yards from the main road (Rt. 153) so all you hear - day and night - is tractor trailers going up and down the hill. It's neither quiet or secluded. I could see the neighbor's house from the cabin; again, not as advertised.

I don't see how anyone could possibly snow mobile, sled ride or do much of anything except hike directly from the cabin because there is so much dead-fall in the woods, and the ground is so boggy it just doesn't seem possible. The front yard of the cabin is not big enough or steep enough to actually do any sled riding.

The interior of the cabin was clean for the most part, however, the kitchen left a LOT to be desired. The wooden counter top was so sticky that anything you set down on them sticks; I tried cleaning them but the varnish is old and in really bad shape. The refrigerator had rust on the outside of the door, the stove is so tiny I doubt you could actually get a cookie sheet in there, and the microwave was ancient. The dishwasher is a portable one and you have to roll it across the kitchen to hook it up to the sink. ALL of the appliances were at least 25 or 30 years old. For the price, I think this is inexcusable.

The beds and couches were comfortable, however the cabin looks much bigger than it actually is in the pictures. Also, the screen porch was so dirty and filled with cobwebs I wouldn't use it and the water smelled like iron. Although, to be fair, they did have a filtration system in the kitchen sink.

For the cost per night I expected a little better than what I got. Appliances from this decade or even the previous decade would be a good start. I would not recommend this cabin.

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: From your party in the cabin journal: 10-24 - 10-26 "It was just a few days not really far from home but it was WONDERFUL (underlined)! This is a lovely place and just far enough in the woods to feel secluded. Saw 100 - 130 elk! Bucket list mission accomplished." Our goal is to meet or exceed guest expectations. I am sorry you were disappointed in your stay. I'm glad you found the cabin clean and rated some things highly. It seems the elk viewing was very successful. I trust everyone enjoyed the homemade bread and muffins along with the coffee, tea and firewood provided. October is a busy month for the PA Wilds. Rt 153 is the main road from I-80 to the elk and foliage viewing areas. The cabin is 2/10ths of a mile from Rt. 153. This scenic federal byway comes closer to the back of the property. The amount of traffic on Route 153 varies. The cabin is well insulated to sound proof the interior. The cabin is on 8 acres nestled up against 188,000+ acres of the Moshannon State Forest. The lane dead-ends just past the cabin, so there is no through traffic. Sledding is a short walk away, cross country skiing and snowmobiling within 1/2 mile. Homeaway requests that we indicate activities that are within a 15 min. drive and these fall well within that range. The appliances are visible in the photos. The appliances perform the jobs for which they are designed. The dishwasher is next to the sink. A gas grill and a fire pit both may be used for cooking. The wooden cabinet is more than 100 years old and not intended for use as a counter. There is counter space by the sink and a 8' X 4' table for food preparation. I appreciate learning of the rust spots. Both issues will be assessed and attended to promptly. The cabin is 1100 sq. ft. It is cleaned thoroughly between guests. Spiders create webs overnight, dust & leaf particles can blow into the porch after a cleaning. We have plans to re-stain the cedar siding. What the reviewer calls mold is lichen on the shady side of the cabin. Our pricing is discounted for weeknights with deep discounts for stays of 5+ nights. For this 2-night rental - the nightly cost was $42.00/per adult. Inquiring in advance to determine if expectations would be met might have avoided disappointment for both of us. I would have liked to be informed at the time of the stay of concerns. I appreciate that you submitted a review. Your comments will help us determine areas of possible improvement.

Great Anniversary Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I were celebrating our 10 year wedding anniversary and we decided to get out of the city and stay the weekend at Cedarwood Lodge. We had a few ideas to choose from but boy did we make the right decision!

The cabin was awesome. It was very peaceful, beautiful, quiet and scenic which was a great escape from the chaos of city-life here in Pittsburgh. It gave us exactly what we needed... Time to ourselves to reflect back over 10+ years together with no interuption, no kids (sorry guys), no internet & no phones ringing off the hook. We simply focused on one another and had a beautiful moment in time at a beautiful place.

Peggy is, hands down, one of the best hosts we ever had the pleasure of booking from. She is a "real person"...someone who is caring, hospitable and who cares about the comfort of her guests. When u call her, SHE answers and not a robotic or automated system that keeps u waiting on hold forever.

Along with the wonderful cabin itself and the beautiful forest surrounding it, Peggy also gave us many suggestions to take advantage of while we were up there. We went to Parker Dam, Bilgers Rocks and the Elk visitor center. But it was her recommendation to eat at Moenas for an anniversary dinner that really hit the nail on the head. What a night with my wife....

We will always remember this trip. It might sound trivial to others but to us, it was and always will be, a time to cherish forever. And we have the many pictures to prove it.

Thanks Peggy!

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I wish there was a venue for reviewing guests....then owners of vacation rentals could give 5-star reviews to guests like you and your wife! I am so pleased that you enjoyed your time at Cedarwood Lodge. The PA Wilds region has more attractions and activities than most people realize as you discovered during your weekend here. And though the area is becoming more popular for vacationers, it is not crowded or overly commercialized. Which makes it nice for visitors who want to have a get-away that really feels like they are getting away! Thank you for celebrating your 10th anniversary at Cedarwood Lodge and sharing some of the highlights in your very kind review. Do come back!


Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Treasure Lake
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
PA I-80 Exit 111 & PA 153
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Over the Mountain
Nearest Ski
2 Miles
Groomed Cross-country Ski trails
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Parker Dam State Park
Car: necessary

Located on 8 acres surrounded by the Moshannon State Forest, just 4 miles north of PA I-80, Exit 111 on PA 153. Two miles from S.B. Elliot State Park and Parker Dam State Park. Minutes from the only wild elk herd in Benezette, Elk County, PA. Map & GPS co-ordinates provided with reservation.

Twelve miles from Clearfield, PA and DuBois, PA; Thirty miles from Punxsutawney, PA, home of Groundhog Day and Punxsutawney Phil on Gobbler's Knob. About 50 miles west of State College and Penn State University. Two to three hours from Pittsburgh, Cleveland & Erie. Four to five hours from NYC, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC. and Toronto, CA

Other Activities: hiking, 4-wheeling, snowmobiling, cross-country ski


Rates & Availability

From $185 Per night

Clearfield Cabin Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $10.00
Tax Rate 9.0%
Notes Add 3rd & 4th nights to weekend for $150/night.
3-4 weeknights - $155/night.
5-6 nights - $145/night
7-13 nights - $140/night
14+ nights - Call for quote

Children ages 3 to 17 - $5/night
Pets - $10/night first pet; $5/night each additional
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Clearfield Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Loft Bedroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • Queen-sized air mattress available; Person-sized couch in LR. Cabin sleeps up to 9.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 6 garden chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting big game
  • hunting small game
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
There a 20-inch with a DVD & VCR player but is no TV reception, satellite or cable TV available.

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