You’re not going to find high-definition flat screen TVs in these rustic log bungalows. But who needs Hollywood stars when you have a sky full of the real thing beaming down at you.
Hand-built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, the historic structures feature classic “parkitecture” design, the hallmark style of the public work relief program that put unemployed young men to work building roads, bridges and parks during the Great Depression.
The cabins were built using local stone and lumber, complementing their natural surroundings. Hand-hewn beams, heart of pine floors and chinking between the logs give the homes their own special character.
Six of the cabins have been completely updated as part of an ongoing restoration project. Two more are in the works. The one-bedroom cottage my husband and I shared this spring included new bathroom fixtures, kitchen cabinets and appliances. The furnishings aren’t fancy, but the view of the surrounding mountains more than makes up for it.
HVAC systems make the cabins comfortable any time of year. In cooler weather, guests will love warming up in the den in front of the original stone fireplace; in the summer, the screened porch offers an inviting spot to kick back and soak in the fresh mountain air.
Each of the one-, two- and three-bedroom cabins is furnished with bath and bed linens, basic cooking and eating utensils, an automatic coffee maker and microwave. Nightly rates range from $60 to $160 depending on the size of the cabin and the day of the week.
From Memorial Day to Labor Day, a seven-night minimum stay is required. The rest of the year, you’ll need to book reservations for at least three nights. And no pets, please. If you plan to bring your dog, you’ll need to stay in a campsite.
“Table Rock is a happening place in the summer,” Park Ranger Benji Bishop said. “We still have some openings, but they won’t be around much longer.”