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

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

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 (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 with easy access to the 'middle of nowhere' - just a 15 minute drive (12 miles) to Clearfield or DuBois.

It is easily accessible from the main highway, yet provides privacy and a feeling of seclusion. 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

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 Details

Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 16, 2017

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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Penfield Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
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
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • 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
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 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
  • 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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PA Wilds Mtn Cabin, 8 pvt acres in state forest, near Elk Herd & 2 State Parks
average rating of 4.6 based on 48 reviews

Amazing stay for our 10th anniversary

  • 5 of 5

We rented Cedarwood Lodge for our 10th wedding anniversary - what an amazing place! Peggy went above and beyond with everything - the homemade baked goods that awaited us were scrumptious, and the cabin was absolutely perfect - very welcoming, warm and cozy. Peggy made sure We had everything we could possibly need, and then some! We'll definitely pack alot lighter for our next visit.

We had awesome weather too - it rained late at night, and very early in the morning, so we were able to enjoy the days during our stay - We went to Parker's Dam, Bilger's Rocks, took a drive to Benezette to see the elk, (We got to see a momma elk, and her calf up close and personal) and just explored. We ended up doing some (unexpected!!) off-roading while we were out and about which was fun, went to Denny's Beer Barrel Pub for dinner after we found our way back to "civilization", and then relaxed around a fire each night. When it was time for bed, the loft was awesome, the bed was SO comfy - we fell into bed for a good night's sleep after all the playing and exploring we did each day. The screened in porch was perfect for a relaxing cup of coffee and just enjoying all the peace and quiet, surrounded by the forest - we even had a deer visit us on our first morning there.

My husband wants to come back again, only this time he wants to see some snow!!! I think this will definitely be the destination for our next "girls weekend" too!

Thank you again for sharing this little piece of heaven - It was the perfect place for us to kick back and relax and leave our day to day craziness behind.

The Husaks,

Mike and Susie

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! I am so happy you had a great stay! It is always our goal to meet and exceed our guest's expectations. Looking at your list of activities, it appears you made the most of your four day visit to the PA Wilds! The "Backwoods, Backroads, and Backwaters" of the region provide outdoor adventure and many thousands of acres for "off-road" exploration. Building a camp fire after a long day is something many guests enjoy. Then the cozy comfort of the cabin beckons as night sky deepens and stars appear to light up the skies. I can almost guarantee you that you will experience snow if you visit during the winter months - from December through March. Up on the mountain where the cabin sits, snow usually covers the ground throughout the winter. There is little more peaceful than watching the snow descend and softly paint the surrounding forest white. You can cross-country ski on the roads and trails of the Moshannon State Forest with direct access from our eight acres. Sledding down the mountain on the nearby pipeline is another favorite winter activity. Snowmobiling too! As guests who have enjoyed summer in "our neck of the woods", I hope you will come back to experience the other three seasons of the year - each of which has its own special appeal. It was delightful to host your stay at the cabin. Thank you for taking time to submit your thoughtful and kind review. All the best, Peggy & Tim
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Wonderful Environment

  • 5 of 5

Great central location between Clearfield and Dubois. The owners are hospitable and accommodating.

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for taking time to review your stay at Cedarwood Lodge. We were happy to provide a place for your family to visit the "old homestead". I hope you will return if your travels bring you this way again.
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Very homely

  • 5 of 5

thanks Peggy

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You are most welcome, Sanjay. I learned from my trip to the UK that "homely" means something somewhat different there than it does here....I believe the closest American English definition would be "homey". Thank you for the five-star rating!
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Amazing Stay

  • 5 of 5

Very clean & homely. Kids loved the place. Peggy made sure everything was in place. Nice & welcoming home.

Wish had few additional days to stay longer. We shall surely be back again.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for submitting your review - it is especially heartwarming to hear that the children loved the cabin. When our children were young we spent many weekends and holidays with them at the cabin, so your comments bring back very fond memories of those times. "Let's go to the cabin, build a fire and look out the window!" was a familiar refrain from by-gone days. Thank you for choosing Cedarwood Lodge for your getaway. We would love to have you come back when you have more time to fulfill your wish for a "few additional days to stay longer". Peggy
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  • 5 of 5

I wanted to surprise my husband with a weekend getaway before he had knee surgery, so we booked at the very last minute with no problems and I have to say that this cabin very much exceeded our expectations! Not just the cabin, the entire experience from talking to Peggy (who is SO helpful and nice) to the drive up from Pittsburgh to pulling into the the beautiful wooded lane that goes to the property.

When we opened the door we were blown away. The pictures here don't do it justice! You can tell the owners care about the place, that its not just a 'rental property' to them. The entire cabin is quaint & very comfortable. Very much a rustic lodge, yet filled with amenities!

Our first night we relaxed and played some of the games we brought with us & some that are there already! The appliances were just ... I loved the stove! It was so much fun to cook on!

It rained the first morning there and nothing can come close to describing how peaceful it was sitting on the screened in porch & drinking coffee while listening to the rain hit the leaves. My husband was just enthralled & when he saw a doe run across the lane, his whole weekend was made and that was before we went to see the Elk!!

Helpful tip: if you're going to view the elk , the best time we found was to be there after 5:30pm (in summer)! We saw so many close up it was AWESOME!!!

This was truly an exciting weekend. We visited the dam, which was really nice, but couldn't enjoy due to the rain. It worked out though, we just went in search of elk! We absolutely will be booking again and have already recommended it to our family & friends!

Thank you Peggy! We look forward to talking to you again!!

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi, Heather - I received notice of your review just two days after we left for a two-week trip for our daughter's wedding in Yellowstone, so I want to apologize for the delay in responding! Needless to say, we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay. And we are very appreciative of your taking time to provide details of your experience and tips for summer elk-viewing for future guests. I'm so glad we had availability when you called and hope the R&R that nature and the cabin provided helped bolster both you and your husband in preparation for his surgery. I trust recuperation is going well and look forward to hearing from you when you are ready to come back to the PA Wilds again! Thanks so much for coming. Peggy
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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!
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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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $10 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.0%

Add 3rd & 4th nights to weekend for $160/night.
3-4 weeknights - $160/night.
5-6 nights - $150/night
7-13 nights - $145/night
14+ nights - Call for quote

Children ages 3 to 17 - $5/night
Pets - $10/night first pet; $5/night each additional

Generally the reservation is secured with a valid credit card number and payment taken at the time of the stay. In certain circumstances, a one night advance deposit is required which is processed at a mutually agreed upon schedule.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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