PEACE-IN-THE-FOREST RETREAT offers singles, couples, artists, writers, forest lovers and others a reprieve from the rat race by providing privacy and quiet in a very beautiful and comfortable, custom-built cabin, immersed in hardwood and pine forests of the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Located near the Blue Ridge Escarpment – that incredibly beautiful transition between the blue ridge mountains of the Appalachians and the SC foothills. The cabin is located on 100 acres of forested land with many hiking trails that we are fortunate to be stewards of. It is also located within 15-30 min from Table Rock, Keowee, Devils Fork, Ceasars Head, & Jones Gap St. Parks; 30-40 min from Hartwell, Lakes Keowee & Jocassee as well as DuPont STate Forest(NC); less than an hour from whitewater rivers (Chattooga, French Broad & more), & many trout streams & waterfalls. It is 30 min from Greenville, SC; 40 min from Brevard, NC; 40 min from Clemson ; 45 min from Hendersonville, NC & 1 hour & 15 min from Asheville, NC.
THE CABIN - [more images avail.upon request] We built the cabin in 2004 from pine trees that we cut and sawed here on the property; its surrounded by 100s of acres of privately owned forest land with scattered homes. This provides a rare kind of quiet, broken by the sounds of animals, the wind and rain. The dark night skies also allow for great star gazing. The exterior of the cabin is made of white pine board and batten while the interior consists of white pine paneling and sheet rock, yellow pine floors, and tall cathedral ceilings throughout. Original oil paintings, quilted wall hangings, stain glass and other art impart a pleasant aesthetic quality to the cabin.
LOCATION, LOCATION... - The list of “Activities” below – with the exception of hiking, biking, and wildlife viewing - are not actually onsite but within easy driving distance. For example, there are many fine golf courses, fishing and boating opportunities within 10 - 45 min. While nearby Pickens and Easley offer some restaurants and cultural/entertainment opportunities, Greenville clearly offers the widest and finest selection of these. The beautiful downtown district has many fine restaurants, the Peace Center (plays, ballet, music), museums, galleries and shopping. One of the recent additions is the restoration of the Reedy River Falls area in West End, the centerpiece of which is a curved suspension bridge (walking only), truly an architectural wonder, which overlooks the falls, downtown area and park. Other local cultural attractions include the Pickens County Museum of Art and History, located 10 min away in Pickens. The museum also operates the restored Hagood Mill site, one of the few active grist mills in the region. Most Saturdays there is music and more at the Hagood Mill, celebrating the early history of the area in terms of music, storytelling, blacksmithing, quilting and more. Its open for tours Wed-Sat.
DAVID'S FEATURE FAVORITE SWEET SPOT – I highly recommend kayaking, canoeing or swimming on Lake Joccasee - one of the most beautiful lakes in the Southeast. I will rent canoes and kayaks depending when available. This deep, clear lake is literally perched at the edge of the mountains – and is thus fed by clear mountain streams, whose waterfalls, in some cases, actually fall directly into the lake. The surrounding mountain landscape with rich forested slopes and coves, coupled with the wide, deep waters provide a uniquely beautiful scene. Only one small area of this large lake has been developed - a small amount of private land and a small amount that is part of Devils Fork State Park but the rest is undeveloped forest belonging to Duke Power, SC/NC, or US the Forest Service.
ECOLOGISTS DELIGHT - We are located in the Upper Foothills Physiographic Province where we have a blend of Piedmont and Mountain species. This area is the southern tip of the range for white pine, Eastern Hemlock, rosebay rhododendron and other woody and herbaceous species. Much of the land is classified as ranging from oak-hickory forest to various pine-hardwood mixes (white, Virginia and Shortleaf pines) to cove hardwood-hemlock forests. Historically, this was Cherokee land – points and other artifacts can still be found today. It was settled mostly in the late 1700s and 1800s by white settlers. Scattered homesites can still be found from this period. Cotton and corn was planted on much of the land in the area as late as the 1920s and 1930s but most was abandoned at that time. These cultivated and terraced lands, once abandoned, eventually reverted to forest and are now dominated by 70-80 year old Virginia pines and mixed hardwoods. Evidence of old terraces and erosion gullies are still evident in the forest. Other parts of our property were never plowed historically. Rather, these somewhat more steep lands were periodically harvested for timber and other wood products; heavily grazed by cattle (woodland grazing) and burned periodically. These disturbances were mild compared to cultivation impacts. The result is a much more productive and ecologically healthy forest. These forests are dominated by chestnut oak, white and red oaks, hickories, maples, interspersed with yellow poplar, shortleaf pine and large white pine. Deciduous magnolias, Silverbells, basswood, beech, sourwood, dogwoods and other species are also also prevalent. Common on some sites are ‘laurel slicks’ – thick patches of mountain laurel that appear as shiny, green, ‘slicks’ from a distance. In the spring, nothing is finer than the bountiful white blooms of Mt. Laurel. These forests support a wide array of birds, reptiles and mammals. Some of the common mammals include – deer, turkey, squirrels, fox, skunk, bear, raccoons, bobcat and, more recently, coyote
I am a Forest Ecologist, Old-time musician (fiddle/banjo/guitar), folk dancer, gardener, shiitake mushroom grower, father and more.
David White purchased this cabin in 2004
I built a house on this same property in 1990 but it wasn't until 2003-04 that we built the rental cabin (which is located on the opposite side of the ridge from where we live). It wasn't until later in 2006 that we decided to use the cabin as a vacation rental. I love the forest and land here and have invested time and energy to help others be able to enjoy it. The rental cabin is a way for others to see this piece of paradise at a very affordable price.
Exceptional, custom built cabin. Quiet. Comfort. Privacy. Long walks on trails through beautiful forest. Great location in the center of paradise (I'm biased!). Close driving distance to many trout streams and other great recreation. Incredible rural roads for cyclists. Close to the very fine cities of Greenville, SC and Asheville, NC.
We had a great time at this cabin with plenty of room for my wife and I and our small dog. Nice remote location near Pickens SC. Owner were very helpful and responsive. We had plenty of room to turn around with our 7x12 enclosed motorcyle trailer and had fun day rides based out of the cabin. We also loved Kulla and he was a very good greeter!
This stay was just what we were looking for! The accommodations were spectacular, the surroundings peaceful, and the owners kind and helpful. We enjoyed everything about our stay and can not wait to return! We enjoyed the surrounding trails and rides and the peaceful nature of the cabin. Thank you for an amazing stay and we will be back!
If it were possible to place an order for a weeks stay, this week couldn't have been more perfect. The cabin is exactly as it looks in it's pictures. It is hidden in total seclusion in the middle of a forest with nothing but the sounds of birds chirping and the aroma of the forest. I almost hesitate so say how wonderful it is because I want there to always be room on the calendar for us. Thanks David!
My husband and I used to live in the Upstate and brought our 18 month old and 2 dogs for a long weekend of hiking and exploring the state parks. The cabin was perfect and all of us were very comfortable during our stay. We did have to rearrange a little to safely accommodate our toddler, but thats true of anywhere you travel to with children. Quiet and secluded location, and David had all the basic necessities provided for us! We just brought out food and clothes and had a great time using this as a 'base camp' for our adventures. Thunderstorms over the weekend kept us from exploring too much of the property, but what we did see was well maintained. Loved the eclectic art throughout the cabin. We will definitely be back!
This was our second trip in less than a year. Outstanding comes to our minds when we describe this place to our friends. We have enjoyed the trails and beautiful property. David has done an excellent job of creating hiking trails around the cabin. It was so peaceful and calming. We have been to most of the state parks in the area. We have hiked at Table Rock, Twin Falls, Jones Gap, Caesers Head, Keowee, Oconee, and Chimney Rock state parks. We plan on making this a semi annual event! Thank You David, Kerry and Kulla for all you do to make it such a perfect getaway! See you in the fall!
Loved staying here! David was so helpful. The cabin and property are wonderful. So many trails to hike in the backyard, we we're surprised how much property they have. We hiked table rock and twin falls, definitely recommend these two places. We missed a local rodeo which we were bummed about, I wish David would have had local events written out so we could have made it to the rodeo! We still had a great time drinking wine by the campfire in the peaceful forest. Also loved how David highly encouraged people to recycle!! We need more people in the world like that. Pickens was great, will definitely return and stay here again.
Folk (contra) dancing and more - To experience traditional dance and live music, travel 25 minutes to the historical and popular River Falls Lodge - an old dance hall located in the mountains along the middle fork of the Saluda River. Listen or dance to exhilerating live music that ranges from Appalachian old time to Celtic and New England fiddle tunes.
Don't miss it! For more info, see harvestmoonfolk.org
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