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Picturesque Hilltop Site, hiking trails, beautiful view

Bedrooms 1
Half Baths1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

The Hilltop Site includes a one room ‘cabin’ structure and provides a spectacular mountain view from both the outside fire pit area (firewood provided) and from inside the structure which has four large picture windows. To enhance their forest rejuvenation experience, guests may use this ‘cabin’ structure during their rental of this forest site or they may bring their own amenities for use on this site (see Notes in the Rates section below). Relaxation amenities located in the ‘cabin’ structure include a queen-sized bed as well as a full-sized futon. Four cots can also be set-up in the low-ceiling loft (accessible by pull-down stairs). This ‘cabin’ has some electricity and appliances (refrigerator, microwave, toaster oven, hot plate and tv) if the guests would like to use them during their rental of this forest site. Right beside the ‘cabin’ is an outdoor hot shower (towels supplied) and portable toilet (serviced every 2 days). This ‘cabin’ structure is supplied with plates, cups, flatware, cooking utensils, pots, pans, and a coffee pot to enhance your relaxation while renting this site. There is also an outdoor propane grill and utensils for your use.

Our new utility building at the base of the hill has a modern toilet and shower room that is open 24/7 for your use. There are towels, shampoo and body wash which you are welcome to use.

The Hilltop Site is accessible by a 10 - 20 minute walk up an old logging road as no private vehicles are allowed on the retreat property. We do, however, transport your gear by our retreat vehicle upon arrival and at check out.

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Member since: 2012
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Calendar last updated:
September 14, 2018

Why Karen chose Au Sable Forks

The McKinley Retreat offers a unique Adirondack vacation rental nestled directly into the Adirondack forest approximately 30 minutes from the village of Lake Placid. Our rentals are designed to provide the privacy and tranquility you seek in a one-of-a-kind 'camping alternative' experience. This is a rustic, back to nature adventure, ideal if you are looking for a unique Adirondack vacation in the heart of the woods.


Au Sable Forks Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Portable Bathroom -
  • There is an outdoor portable toilet adjacent to the 'cabin' which was custom designed and built exclusively for the McKinley Retreat. This facility is serviced every 2 days to maintain freshness.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 8
  • There is a queen-sized bed and a fill-sized futon. Accommodations can be made for four cots in the low-ceiling loft sleeping area (accessible by pull-down stairs).
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
The McKinley Retreat offers miles of woodland hiking trails ranging from a gentle stroll to seriously steep terrain.


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Picturesque Hilltop Site, hiking trails, beautiful view
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews
Yaphank, NY

Perfect blend of rustic and comfort

  • 5 of 5

My girlfriend and I stayed at the Hilltop Cabin for three nights and enjoyed every moment. The views around the cabin are amazing and it is far enough to feel isolated, but not too far from civilization. It truly was the perfect balance of an outdoor camping like experience, with enough amenities to keep things relatively easy. The property the cabin sits on is great. There are a handful of trails to hike and enough land to explore without getting lost. I highly recommend this place to anyone staying in the area.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Loved it!!!

  • 5 of 5

This cabin was very homey, very clean, and quiet. Perfect for our little getaway.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice private site.

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at the cabin - It was perfect for a few days of relaxation and to get away from everything. The cabin was clean and had all of the amenities that we needed. Karen was a very gracious hostess and was available if we had any questions. We would stay here again!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

A great place to get away from it all. Rustic with just enough modern amenities to be comfortable. The owner of the property couldn't have been nicer and more accommodating whatever we needed she provided. Highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful secluded cabin near Lake Placid

  • 5 of 5

Perfect spot in the Adirondacks. Ideal for 4 people, the house has beautiful views and it is secluded. Everything is provided and is new, and Karen is an incredibly gracious hostess.

We had an amazing stay, and we look forward to going back!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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  • 5 of 5

The property is beautiful! We stayed in the hilltop cabin, and the view from up there is gorgeous! The picture does not show it, but the back side of the cabin that faces the mountains/valley has several very large windows. The inside of the cabin was very clean and cozy, and much attention has been given to details. There is a fridge, stove, coffee pot, toaster oven, microwave and sink. The fire-pit outside the cabin was perfect! They had boxes of newspaper and kindling, and a large supply of logs. We roasted marshmellows while enjoying the stars and the view! The toilet and shower are attached to the cabin, and you walk outside the length of the cabin to get to them. This could be inconvenient if it was very cold or rainy, but I actually enjoyed the outdoor shower a lot! The owners are very friendly. The land has been in the family for decades, and there are two cabins and several campsites they make available for guests. I got the sense that they cared more about us enjoying the property than about making money. It was the prefect place to recover from a week of backpacking in the Adirondacks. I highly recommend it!

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Plattsburgh International
Nearest Ferry
16 Miles
Port Kent Ferry
Nearest Point of Interest
AuSable River
Nearest Point of Interest
Golf Course
Car: necessary

We are about 30 minutes from Lake Placid, site of two Winter Olympics. Explore the history of the region and the many local shops and restaurants which make up this beautiful place.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $50

The Hilltop Site is a small designated real property forest site which rents for a 2-day minimum at $170/day. Each site is for the use of 2 people. Weekly and monthly discounts are available. McKinley Retreat does not maintain or rent residential property, although guests may use structures which may be present within the Hilltop Site (as described above) for their relaxation during the forest site rental period – or they may bring their own amenities.

Manager'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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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