If you’re looking for an adventurous getaway this cliffside dwelling should definitely make it into your consideration list! The unique two-part cabin known as Cliff Dweller is bolted to a cliff line and surrounded by stunning rock formations in Red River Gorge, Kentucky.
The only way to access the structures is by a journey of several hundred suspended stairs! But the views from this incredible vantage point seem to be more than worth the effort for those who are up for it, especially from the master suite which hovers above the main structure and offers views of the gorge below.
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This Tiny Cabin is Bolted to a Cliff Line!
The cliff dweller is cozy and comfortable, with a kitchen, bathroom, and two bedroom areas that sleep a total of up to four people. If you’re looking for an adventure vacation coupled with a peaceful place to get away from it all, this cliffside dwelling could be the perfect experience!
- Cliffside Dwelling in Campton, Kentucky
- The unique cabins are bolted to a cliff line above the canopy in the Red River Gorge.
- Accessed by a journey of several hundred suspended stairs
- Amazing views from this incredible vantage point
- Guests are surrounded by stunning rock formations and views of the gorge below and complete solitude.
- The main cabin offers a kitchen, bathroom, and a loft bedroom
- The second cabin is the main suite with a rooftop deck
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What a great place! The solitude! I looked at the website hoping for a shot of the transition to the bathroom and what might be under the stairs to the loft, but there’s no photo that shows that part.
Great job, I’d stay there in a heartbeat!
Here, these two videos should give you a better idea of the layout…
I don’t think many people would care to haul groceries or luggage up what looks to be WAY TOO MANY steps. The spiral staircase looks like a bad accident waiting to happen. That whole thousand step thing is unreasonable, unsafe and truly dumb. WHO DOES THIS!!! The walls on either side of the bathroom sink will work great for slamming elbows. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Who designed this hot mess? What is the piece of wood above the fridge? Looks like there was a leftover piece of wood no one knew what to do with. So… how about slapping it up somewhere it doesn’t belong and looks SO out of place. The inside is mostly nice.
Above the fridge is just a drawer to make use of that space… While this is a place for people who go adventuring, hiking, climbing, etc. After all, it’s built on a cliff side, which is literally the point of the place and a lot harder to build than most tree houses. Making as much use of space as possible but not going insane on time and resources spent on the project and there is of course the engineering limits that it all has to work around.
While the stairs aren’t for everyone, but it affords a much easier way to get up to the side of a cliff and be able to enjoy the view without needing to be a professional climber and having to go up and down to a base camp, which was previously the only way to enjoy the views from this location.
I don’t see this as a hot mess at all, rather an extremely clever and challenging abode for serious hikers and mountain climbers, or those of us who simply want to stay in shape. Having been to the Netherlands, I can tell you that most homes in the cities have stairs that are much more dangerous – almost a straight vertical drop, longer, and there are usually three stories of them. Old people do them all the time and are used to them.
I love this build – the wood, the layers, and the interiors, along with that little piece of wood above the tiny fridge which is actually a drawer. This was designed to get people outside in the fresh air and to appreciate the raw natural beauty, both inside and out. “Roughing it” is simply not for everyone and for some folks a THOW with a sterile white interior and all amenities is what is best for them. When those links come up in my e-mail, I might do a cursory look at the layout, but then quickly delete them – blah – not for me.
OMW but it is beatufill I can live like this
Nice houses and a beautiful place. Though a wrong place for a hut. I would not feel safe staying there, with the cliff overhang. Some winter frost can make cracks, which later make it snap and fall down. Or water can get into cracks and make it break off. Even plants can open a deeper crack.
After decades, sure, there’s no such thing as no maintenance for any out in nature getaway location but as long as it is maintained then it’s safe. Besides, there are structures on cliff sides that have been there for even centuries. So good engineering goes a long way…
Wow! Nothing like a shot of adrenaline to make your vacation a heart thumper! Definitely for the uber adventurous. The interiors are done very nicely and good use of space from what I can see from these photos…I didn’t click on the video links provided by James D. but will explore those next…and love the use of natural edge wood. Very appropriate for this location, for sure!!! Besides my age and shot knees, I don’t think I could relax staying here. Not that it isn’t beautiful and well appointed…and what great photo opportunities with those stairs!…but having been a rock climber, I know that giant slabs of rock like the one the cabin is hanging from can give way very unexpectedly, especially when it is carrying as much weight as this one is. The son of one of my climbing buddies was killed by a big slab everyone thought was perfectly safe…it just came sliding down and there was no escape. I’m sure they had the site surveyed for safety but Nature is unpredictable at times. There will always be people willing to take the risk, though, so perhaps this will turn out to be a good investment in time, effort and money. Tell them to build a similar cabin at the foot of the stairs for those among us who are a bit more cautious…and maybe unable to negotiate all those stairs. 😉 The views wouldn’t be as spectacular but one could still enjoy being in nature. Thanks for sharing such a unique location and structures.