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Valle Crucis ~ Bear Tree Cabin in the Woods ~ Biking, Hiking ~ See Reviews!!

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Property type cabin


About the property

Cabin, 2 Bedrooms plus large bonus room + Den, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

Enjoy fresh mountain air and peaceful atmosphere at Bear Tree Cabin! Cute as a button, it's nestled on the margin of a forest and gets its nickname from an unusual natural formation on a tree in the yard that looks like a bear is hugging it.

Our zip code is Sugar Grove, but the cabin is just 3 miles from the historic Mast General Store in Valle Crucis and is situated near a rural farming neighborhood. Fishing, canoeing or swimming in the Watauga River is 2 miles away. Bring your mountain bike and enjoy the gentle grade of the Watauga River Road ... or for a little more adventure, let our resident mountain bike expert recommend a nearby trail that fits your abilities ...

No A/C needed at our shady spot in the cool mountains of NC. Cabin has ceiling fans in each bedroom and in both living areas to help with those occasional hot days in summer.

Shopping at the historic Mast General Store is only 3 miles away. Restaurants of all types are in nearby Banner Elk, Boone and Blowing Rock as well as a few in the village of Valle Crucis itself. Hiking trails are available onsite or within a short drive.

And during the winter months ... Three ski resorts are within a 30 to 40 min. drive. Cross country skiing onsite is available if snow conditions are right. Snow tubing is an option for the non-skier at some ski resorts nearby. At the end of the day, come 'home' to a relaxing hot tub.

Keywords: Cabin, Cottage, Birding, Fly Fishing, Mountain Biking, Christmas Trees, Skiing

More Details

Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 19, 2017

About Angela

A resident of Watauga county for most of his life, owner Jim Henson has traveled around the world climbing mountains including Kilimanjaro, Mt. Elbrus, and Mt. Ranier. He is an avid mountain biker and enjoys playing tennis. He grows Christmas trees on part of his farm, but the vast majority of his 250 acres is woodlands and he has donated a conservation easement on more than half of his land to the Blue Ridge Conservancy. When you inquire, you will be corresponding with Jim's assistant, Angela.

Why Angela chose High Country & Blue Ridge Mountains

After owning the 250-acre farm for over 40 years, Jim decided to build a cabin in 2006 for friends and family to share in the beauty of the location. Valle Crucis is centrally located to Banner Elk, Boone and Blowing Rock.

What makes this cabin unique

Bear Tree cabin gets its name from an unusual natural formation on a tree near the cabin. The wooded surroundings allow for the discovery of many of Mother Nature's wonders! An extensive network of mountain bike trails is not far away.


Banner Elk Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Downstairs bathroom is full; upstairs bathroom has a shower stall.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Upstairs KING. The upstairs bathroom is inside this bedroom.
    Upstairs bonus room - 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Spacious room with 2 twins, TV/DVD and a Queen Sleeper Sofa
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • King size beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2) 2 twin beds in upstairs loft., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Queen Sleeper Sofa upstairs in the same room as the two twin beds.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Four wheel drive is recommended for the driveway in winter. Holiday weekends may require a 2 or 3-night minimum stay.


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Valle Crucis ~ Bear Tree Cabin in the Woods ~ Biking, Hiking ~ See Reviews!!
average rating of 4.975 based on 40 reviews
Charleston, SC

Beautiful cabin in the woods

  • 5 of 5

We came for the first time to Boone NC for my son's guitar workshop at App State and fell in love with the area and the cabin. The cabin was nicely clean and the beds were super comfortable. We came with my step sister and her family and we had plenty of room. The kids slept in the loft which was more of a third bedroom then loft and we loved that aspect. We all enjoyed the hot tub. Valle Crucis is so charming. We loved the Mast General Store and Over Yonder restaurant and they were only a few miles away from the cabin. The drive into Boone was only 15 minutes. Very easy commute. We hope to come back next year! Thanks again Angela for having us at Bear Tree Cabin!

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lenoir, NC

Enchanting Cabin in the woods.

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Bear Tree Cabin! When we arrived we were thrilled to be greeted by a fawn grazing in the front yard. The cabin is beautifully decorated, well stocked, and extremely clean. Angela, the caretaker, went above and beyond to ensure that we had a wonderful stay. The location of the cabin was perfect--centrally located to Boone, Linville, Blowing Rock, and Banner Elk. Relaxing during the evenings in the hot tub was perfect after spending days of sight seeing. We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cornelius, NC

Beautiful Escape

  • 5 of 5

Our family has stayed at Bear Tree Cabin several times, and it always exceeds our expectations! Angela is so responsive and helpful in getting all the details arranged! Our kids love playing in the cute yard, and the amenities inside the cabin are so accommodating and cozy! In autumn, we have a wonderful time a the local corn maze just down the road! We look forward to returning again soon! Excellent location to escape from the stress of the day-to-day routine!

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hendersonville, NC

Thumbs Up from App State Parents

  • 5 of 5

We rented this cabin for the Appalachian Ambassador Family Weekend. Our pre-arrival communications with Angela were friendly and helped us prepare for our trip. We arrived to find the cabin larger than expected, clean, and feeling immediately like home.

Our favorite things:

-the and privacy for everyone

-the kitchen and grill...well equipped, and we even cooked for our daughter's friends one night

-the was so peaceful. We used the super-clean hot tub both nights. We woke to a skiff of snow on Saturday.

-the bedding...comfortable mattresses and nice linens

-the good water pressure...I know this sounds like a little thing, but we have stayed so many places where the water pressure is like a trickle; that was not true here. Good water pressure made for nice showers.

-the location...Valle Crucis is so lovely. We enjoyed the drive in and out. We were about 15 minutes from the main ASU campus. It was a perfect spot. We also enjoyed visiting the original Mast General Store.

Since our daughter is a freshman at ASU, we were hoping to find a cabin that could be our 'home away from home" when we visit Boone over the next four years. Thankfully, we have found it. We'll be back!

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your visit ... we look forward to having you stay again sometime!
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This cabin is PERFECT!

  • 5 of 5

This cabin could not have been more perfect! It is exactly as it is described and ever cuter in person. Angela was amazing through the booking process and she even allowed our group to arrive 2 hours earlier to set up for a surprise. I definitely recommend this property for a nice relaxing weekend- we've already planned another trip!

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Asheville, NC

Cozy cabin

  • 5 of 5

We vacationed in this lovely area for a few nights. The cabin was comfortable, well- appointed and warm. Everything you needed was at your fingertips. The setting is quiet and beautiful, especially if you wake to a dusting of snow as we did on a couple of mornings. Angela, its caretaker was very attentive and went out of her way to see that we were well cared for.

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

Located 3 miles from the Mast General Store, off of the Watauga River Road.


Rates & Availability

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1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $50
Tax Rate 12.75%

Nightly rate is for two adults. During the Summer months or on holiday weekends, a 2 or 3 night minimum stay may be required.

Prefer online bank payment or check or money order by mail ... PayPal OK with 3% service charge.

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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