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Off the Beaten Path, Pet friendly, Views, Waterfalls

Bedrooms 1
Space 750 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

Cabin, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-3)

Waterfall cabin is a romantic cedar shake cabin with lodge decor, leather sleeper sofa, Franklin wood stove, and open beamed ceilings. Large picture windows on the south and east sides provide natural light and views that distinguish it from other mountain cabins.

The Waterfall cabin is in a private location on 1 1/2 acres surrounded by woodland and not within a mountain community or resort development. It is within the Giant Sequoia National Monument at 3800 feet elevation and only an eight mile drive from Giant Sequoia Groves in Balch Park and Mountain Home State Forest.

There are breathtaking view of the mountains to the east and an expansive view of the valley (sometimes to the Coast Ranges) to the west. It has a spacious 'tree house' deck with gas barbecue for outdoor relaxation. The cabin is now equipped with high speed internet and Wifi!

A stunning series of waterfalls and pools carved out of solid granite bedrock are on the property just behind the cabin on Bear Creek for swimming or relaxing by. It is a perfect 'out there' couple's retreat for those who want to lose the touristy scene and find some serenity. The cabin is situated above the level of the waterfalls and access is by a short but steep switchback trail down to Bear Creek. General terrain and trail down to creek may be difficult for some children and adults. Ask owner.

A comprehensive hiking and recreation binder is provided at the house with maps and descriptions of local hikes, Big Trees, swimming and fishing holes, waterfalls, and scenic drives and horseback rides to help you plan your time.

Dog owners can take their dogs on the leash onto the Giant Sequoia National Monument trails in this area as opposed to the National Park where dogs are not allowed on trails.

The cabin is surrounded by pines, oaks, and manzanitas and serenaded by the sound of the waterfall. The site was a long-time camp for local Native Americans. Artifacts have been discovered here and mortar stones for grinding acorns surround the cabin. Naturalists and Bird watchers have wildlife viewing galore in our untouched part of the Sierra. Roadsides, pastures and woodlands come alive in the Spring with native wildflowers and blossoming Redbuds and Dogwoods.

Take the scenic drive up Yokohl Valley road to the nearby towns of Exeter or Visalia and enjoy antiquing and art hunting in their historic downtowns. We are nearby the quaint untouched village of Springville with lovely gift shops and diverse eateries from down-home to upscale.

Come to the Springville area for our Springville Sierra PRCA Rodeo in late April or our popular Apple Festival craft and food fair in mid-October. Our spectacular wildflower season is March through May.

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Shelly McKnight
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2018

About Shelly McKnight

I, my husband Matt and son Sam live at Three Springs Ranch near Sequoia in the Sierra foothills. We have an ongoing experiment with sustainable farming and hike, camp and travel when we can get away. We live here with our goat herd, chicken flock, 2 dogs, large veggie garden and 2 orchards.

Shelly McKnight purchased this cabin in 2005

Why Shelly McKnight chose Springville

We loved this beautiful area of the Sequoia/ Sierra that is closest to the LA area but largely undiscovered by tourists. After we committed to the 'simple life' and moved from LA, we thought it would be great to use our skills from building sets in the film industry to recreate some neglected cabins that had great locations and lots of potential so that others might be able to enjoy this rich area comfortably.

The Waterfall Cabin was a neglected 70's cabin with purple shag carpet and beaded curtains that had been taken over by mice. We spent a year giving it a complete interior redo and a new deck. We love it's western character and treehouse feel and the waterfalls are truly special and amazing.

The cabin sits just behind trees off a quiet road and is a short drive to the Giant Sequoia groves and the charming town of Springville.

What makes this cabin unique

The private waterfalls and creek are a short downhill trail from the cabin which sits on a wooded bluff above. The sound is so soothing and the views make you feel like you're the only person on the mountain.


Springville Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • 4 Guests maximum please including adults, children and pet guests.
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Convertible bed(s) - 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • King size Bed (1) , Baby Cribs (1) Sleep Sofa (1) Queen leather sleeper sofa in living room. Foam topper provided for extra comfort.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • limited accessibility ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Creek/Waterfall Access, Firewood, Gas Furnace, Ceiling Fan, Games, DVD Collection, Book Collection, Coffee Grinder, French Press, Coffee Maker, Linens provided, Bath Robes, internet, hair dryer, comforters, local hiking and recreation guide, DVD library, books and games


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Off the Beaten Path, Pet friendly, Views, Waterfalls
average rating of 4.9375 based on 48 reviews


  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent two wonderful weeks at the Waterfall Cabin. It was all it was described to be and more! The proximity of the Great Sequoias makes the area special, to say the least. The owners of the property are gracious and hospitable, for example offering homegrown veggies from their garden. The furnishing of the cabin is clean, comfortable and tasteful, truly lovingly cared for. Not only would I recommend this property to anyone, but we hope to visit again in the near future.

  • Submitted: Dec 19, 2007
  • Stayed: July 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
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Yorba Linda California

December Getaway

  • 5 of 5

The cabin was very nice and comfortable, just as in the pictures. A quiet peaceful place surrounded by oak trees with beautiful views and sunsets. It was well equipped. You can tell Shelly pays attention to details to make your stay enjoyable. She was always responsive to our questions.

We saw many of the areas that Shelly had recommended. The directions to the different sites were detailed and very accurate; no guessing , detailed maps were made available. We enjoyed the warm fires at night and did a lot of cooking in the kitchen which was well equipped. The bed was comfortable and warm and cozy for a winter stay. We travel a lot and have been in many places. Definitively recommended.

  • Submitted: Dec 24, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A gem in the mountains.

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely time. The cabin has everything thing to you need and more. Abundance of wildlife, quite and views.

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect private getaway! Wonderful! Take your Beloved here!

  • 5 of 5

This cabin is one of the best cabins we’ve ever rented. It is secluded with private waterfalls and close to the giant sequoias. The cabin is charming and has everything a couple needs for a relaxing and rejuvenating vacation. Stress free and fun. All you need to bring is food! We want to recommend this to our family and friends! We certainly will come back again!

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Topanga, CA

Quiet, relaxing honeymoon.

  • 5 of 5

We were looking for a quiet place for our honeymoon and we found it. The cottage had everything we needed to be quiet and relax. We read, climbed down to the creek to watch our dog swim, took a day trip to the Trail of 100 Giants, and ate blackberries off the bushes on the side of the road each time we waked our dog. We loved running into the cows who roam along the road during the day. The cottage is simple, clean and comfortable with beautiful wood floors and big picture windows. We sat by the living room windows on the last night to watch for shooting stars. We kinda fell in love with the place and plan to come back.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Westlake Village

Just Perfect

  • 5 of 5

I loved my writing retreat and barely saw another person during my four day stay. The cabin is equipped with all you need and I especially enjoyed the BBQ Grill complete with a full propane tank. The A/C worked tremendously and the sound of the waterfall was lovely. It is a tricky switchback trail and I would not recommend going down it unless you are fit and I certainly would not let children go down alone it's just too dangerous.

I went down every day and swam in the pools and sunned myself on the rocks as well as ran down the road and back up as far as I could--it was exhausting as it is a very steep hill. Just about four hundred yards from the cabin down the hill a grey fox has made a home in the brush. I saw him twice on my stay in the morning hours and it was very wild. He just stared at me for about sixty seconds and wasn't shy at all in fact it jumped up on a huge boulder so I could get a better view. The next time I saw it there was a large mouse in its mouth and it was more camera shy. Seeing wild nature is precisely what I wanted and you really feel immersed and off the grid at this lovely spot. I would highly recommend this place to a couple looking for a romantic escape (real escape--not a base to go city hopping) or someone who really needs quiet time.

"Solitude is a splendid mistress but an insufferable wife."-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Meadows Field Airport, Bakersfield
Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
Springville, CA
Nearest Golf
14 Miles
River Island Country Club
Nearest Train
75 Miles
Amtrak Hanford, CA
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
CA Hwy 190
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Ponderosa, CA
Car: necessary

Drive just a few miles up the mountain and hike or ski to ancient Giant Sequoia groves and idyllic mountain lakes, then have a massage at our local wellness spa, Rent horses from our local Pack Stations, Our mountain region is a mecca for rock climbers, snow mobilers, back country horseman, and hang gliders, There are many opportunities for fishing on Success Lake, the roaring Tule River and beautiful mountain lakes, Water sport enthusiasts will enjoy local Lake Success for jet skiing, boating and water skiing, Our area also has Eagle Mountain Casino for gaming, and River Island Country Club for golfing


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Pet Fee $60 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.0%

3 Guests maximum, 2 adults maximum
2 pets maximum

4 night minimum Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year
3 night minimum holiday weekends, May and October

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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