Discover a selection of 2,000 vacation rentals in McDowell County, US that are perfect for your trip. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or even pets, Vrbo vacation homes have the best amenities for hanging out with the people that matter most, including WiFi and swimming pools. Prices start at $108 per night, and houses and cabins are popular options for a stay in McDowell County. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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Find the perfect vacation rental for your McDowell County getaway

Learn about the unique charm of McDowell County with a stay in a private vacation home. There's no shortage of things to see and do in the area.Are you looking for specific amenities for your getaway? Many of our vacation rentals feature full kitchens and laundry facilities.

Things to do

Sightseeing in and around McDowell County

Are you hoping to find things to do in the city? Venture out of your cozy vacation rental and check out everything that makes McDowell County a fun spot to vacation. These are some of the top attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Emerald Village (10.5 mi / 16.9 km)
  • Lake Lure Golf Club (20.5 mi / 33 km)
  • Grove Park Country Club (26.6 mi / 42.8 km)
  • Country Club of Asheville (26.7 mi / 42.9 km)
  • Mount Mitchell Golf Club (8.2 mi / 13.2 km)
  • Lucky Strike Gold and Gem Mine (12.3 mi / 19.8 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural features in McDowell County

Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or just want to take in the scenery, McDowell County is a great place to get outside. Here are a few of the area's noteworthy sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Biltmore Estate (28.5 mi / 45.8 km)
  • Catawba Falls (10.1 mi / 16.3 km)
  • Mount Mitchell (11.1 mi / 17.9 km)
  • Mount Mitchell State Park (11.7 mi / 18.8 km)
  • Lake James State Park (12.2 mi / 19.7 km)
  • Pisgah National Forest (12.7 mi / 20.4 km)

What are the top vacation rentals in McDowell County?

Deluxe villas, secluded treehouses and quaint cottages — everyone's ideal getaway is different. Whatever your tastes, you're sure to find something that catches your eye among our top vacation rentals in McDowell County:

  • "Cabin - Voted "best View" - High Demand Area": This McDowell County property offers 5 bedrooms and is highly rated among visitors. Conveniences such as cable/satellite TV services and a toaster are on hand to make your stay a comfy one.
  • "Lakefront Retreat | Luxury Home With Private Dock On Lake James": Put your bags down and your feet up at this top option in Marion Lake Club. It features 5 bedrooms, a washing machine, a fridge and more.

For even more great options, use the search bar at the top of the page to find the perfect McDowell County vacation rental for you.

What are the best tiny house vacation rentals in McDowell County?

You need only step inside one of our tiny house vacation rentals in McDowell County to realize that amazing things really do come in tiny packages. Expertly designed to maximize every inch of space, these fun-sized digs promise a big vacation experience:

  • Unwind and get back to basics at "Upscale 1926 C And O Train Caboose Tiny House Minutes To Waynesville And Asheville". Located in Waynesville, air conditioning and children's games are just two of the amenities included here.
  • "Tiny House Downtown New Bern" in New Bern is another excellent option. A stereo and off-street parking options will make your stay here more comfortable.

Can I find log cabins to rent in McDowell County?

There's no shortage of log cabins in McDowell County. Whether you're looking for a rustic log cabin or something more luxurious, these retreats are designed to put you in the heart of the surrounding nature. Here are a couple of top options to consider:

  • "Christmas Tree Cabin | Secluded Asheville Area Log Cabin With A View" in Old Fort proves you don't need to stay in a tent to get close to nature. Swap camping for this cabin's creature comforts, such as an oven and a fireplace.
  • Find your inner Davy Crockett at "Beautiful Private Log Cabin Nestled In A Gated Community With Mountain Views". This log cabin in Blue Ridge Mountains will put you right in the great outdoors while offering comforts such as off-street parking options and a stovetop.

What are the top-rated vacation rentals for weekend getaways in McDowell County?

While long trips overseas are incredible, there's something wonderful about embarking on a whirlwind weekend getaway. These properties in McDowell County are ideal for just that:

  • "Cabin - Breathtaking Views Of 7 Mountain Ranges" - Located in Old Fort, there's oodles of fantastic stuff to see and do close to this rental property. Little conveniences like towels and air conditioning are the cherry on top of the cake!
  • "Mountain Lure: Views Of Blue Ridge Mtns And Lake Lure" - With a fireplace and a stovetop, plus its great location in Old Fort, you'll wish for more than just a weekend at this rental.

Can I find studio apartments for rent in McDowell County?

If you're chasing something with more personality than the usual hotel room, you'll like our studio apartments in McDowell County. Whip up a dish in your kitchen, watch TV on the lounge and feel completely at home. Here are some of our comfiest studios:

  • "Cozy Cabin On Lake James With Private Beach And Boat Dock" in Bear Cliff fits loads of handy features into its single space, such as children's games and a nearby marina.
  • Start the day with a hot coffee and a plate of freshly cooked pancakes at "Memorial Weeknd Special The Perch Cabin With Hot Tub And Panoramic View Grassy". This Little Switzerland property has all the things you need to make your stay comfy, including an iron and ironing board and a free nearby fitness center.

Can I find short term rentals in McDowell County?

Book yourself a cheap and cozy cabin or ignore your accountant and live it up a little in a high-end apartment. Vrbo has lots of short-term rentals for your vacation in McDowell County. Have a look at these options for some inspiration:

  • "Cabin - Breathtaking Views Of 7 Mountain Ranges" in Old Fort is a perfect place for a short-term stay. It's within easy reach of the town center, so you can easily see all the best sights without having to travel too far.
  • Otherwise, bunk down for a couple days at "Mountain Lure: Views Of Blue Ridge Mtns And Lake Lure" and discover the highlights of Old Fort. This vacation rental also caters to short-term guests and is a great choice if you love to be near the action.

What are the best romantic weekend getaways in McDowell County?

Whether you've been with each other for a month, a year or an eternity, there's nothing like a romantic weekend getaway to fan the flames of love. If you're after someplace idyllic to spend a couple of days with your sweetheart, you'll be enamored with these escapes:

  • Catch up on quality time and lots of cuddles at "Cabin - Voted "best View" - High Demand Area" in McDowell County. A fireplace and beauty services are just two of the thoughtful touches you'll find here.
  • Alternatively, plan an amorous weekend break at "Lakefront Retreat | Luxury Home With Private Dock On Lake James". Located in Marion Lake Club, it offers winery tours, a fireplace and more.

What are the best large group vacation rentals in McDowell County?

If your idea of the perfect getaway is to bring along all your friends, you'll be needing a whole bunch of space. Luckily, there are many vacation rentals in McDowell County that cater to large groups, starting with these sprawling stunners:

  • "Cabin - Voted "best View" - High Demand Area": Featuring 5 bedrooms, this popular vacation rental in McDowell County has lots of room for you and the whole gang. Amenities such as a kitchen and a water park are on hand to make things nice and comfy.
  • "Cabin - #1 Views In Black Mt. | Log Estate | Gated | Game Room | Fast Internet| Hot Tub": This retreat in Black Mountain has 6 bedrooms, so don't worry about leaving anyone off your guest list. A firepit and a kitchen are among its many highlights.

What are the best houses for rent with a pool in McDowell County?

In McDowell County, there are plenty of house rentals where a pool day can be every day. Having a splashing great time will be your only priority at one of these reputable retreats:

  • Say hello to "Quiet Waterfront Lake House With Private Dock", where the first thing on your to-do list should be chilling by the pool. This escape is located in Nebo and comes with a range of family-friendly amenities, including a foosball table and towels.
  • Lounge beside the water while the kids splash around at "Mermaid Houseboat On Lake James". This option in Nebo offers a range of conveniences to keep guests happy and comfortable, such as coffee and tea making facilities and on-site watersports.

What are the best large family vacation rentals in McDowell County?

You can go all out on your guest list, because Vrbo has plenty of family vacation rentals in McDowell County ready to welcome your crew. These are just a taste:

  • If you need a rental that'll sleep up to 12 guests, lock in "Cabin - Voted "best View" - High Demand Area" in McDowell County. With 5 bedrooms, childrens activities and a video library, your next family adventure is sure to be a winner.
  • "Cabin - Breathtaking Views Of 7 Mountain Ranges" in Old Fort is another top choice. You'll be able to invite up to 8 guests to this escape which features 3 bedrooms, a fridge, a smart TV and more.