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Kentucky Treehouse Rentals, From Rustic to Romantic

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Whether you’re thinking about following the bourbon trail, taking in a horse race or exploring the mountains and caves of the Bluegrass State, make your stay more unique by considering treehouse rentals in Kentucky.

Part of the fun is that no two treehouses are alike. Some are perched high in trees, with one being reach by 120 steps, while others are easily accessible. Some have bathrooms and kitchens, while others are a bit more, well, rustic. As one owner wrote, “This isn’t a fancy resort, rather a unique experience.”

Treehouse rentals tend to be quirkier than other vacation rentals, with unique reading nooks, trees growing in the living room, or slides for making a fun exit.

While you may know Kentucky as the home to bourbon, the Kentucky Derby and that famous fictional colonel who makes fried chicken, Kentucky also has the world’s longest cave system, the Daniel Boone National Forest that includes the Red River National Gorge. This system of canyons has waterfalls, natural bridges and sandstone cliffs that attract rock climbers from around the world.

Most of these Kentucky treehouse rentals are located near the Red River Gorge National Forest, and several of them are located inside the national forest.

Please note that rates are subject to change and they often do. The rates given were accurate at time of publication.

Treehouse rentals are not like other rentals. You’ll want to read the description and list of amenities to understand what you’re getting with these treehouses. Some are appropriate for children and pets while others are not. For more tips see our related story: 5 Tips for an Amazing Treehouse Rentals

Treetop Flyer Treehouse
Treetop Flyer Treehouse

Treetop Flyer

Location: Berea, Kentucky
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1.5 shared
Rate: $61
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You can sleep four in this one-room treehouse primarily made of reclaimed lumber. It has two futons on the main floor and two mattresses in the loft. Enjoy being outdoors on the wraparound porch and the lower deck.

Note that this treehouse has no plumbing, electricity or cell phone coverage, but you will find spring water, lanterns, a propane fireplace and an outhouse. There is a shared kitchen and a bathhouse with four toilets and two solar-heated showers that is open from April to October. There’s also a shared fire pit.

The Treetop Flyer is on HomeGrown HideAways a 100-acre farm, campground and event facility with a hiking trail, disc golf, swings, cornhole, croquet and a creek.

Abi's Arboreal Abode treehouse
Abi’s Arboreal Abode

Abi’s Arboreal Abode

Location: Berea, Kentucky
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1.5 shared
Rate: $55
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Also located on HomeGrown HideAways, Abi’s Arboreal Abode & Hammock Haven is a yurt nestled in the trees that you reach by a spiral staircase. While it doesn’t have running water, Abi’s does have electricity, heat and air conditioning. Spring water is provided, and like Treetop Flyer, there’s a shared kitchen and outhouse.

Abi’s has a bunk bed, double bed and hammock along with a table that can seat four. Outside there’s a fire pit, hammock and picnic table.

Kentucky Climbers Cottage tree house
Kentucky Climbers Cottage

Kentucky Climbers Cottage: Earthjoy Village

Location: Germantown, Kentucky
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1.5 in adjacent bathhouse
Rates: $194
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If you know anything about tree house design, then you know Pete Nelson, aka The Treehouse Master. He designed this treehouse in Germantown and it appeared on season 4 of Animal Planet’s “Treehouse Masters.” Germantown is in northern Kentucky, bout 60 miles from Cincinnati, Ohio.

The treehouse has a king bed in a loft, sofa bed, twin air mattresses and kitchenette.

It’s one of three homes in Earthjoy Village set on 200 acres with 11 miles of trails, including the Hobbit Tree House Trail with 10 hobbit houses. There are also five ponds and a cabana village on the property with hanging tree pods for swinging and relaxing. If you’re looking for a place to play, frolic and explore nature, this is it. Your children will love it.

Rent one treehouse or all three. See the other two below.

Old Hickory Treehouse
Don’t you just love the slide at Old Hickory Treehouse

Old Hickory Treehouse: Earthjoy Village

Location: Germantown, Kentucky
Bedrooms: 1 with three beds
Bathrooms: 1
Rate: $193
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Old Hickory has two sleeping lofts, kitchenette, mosaic bar for eating and wraparound porch. Take the easy way down to the forest floor by going down the slide. Outside you’ll find a fire pit, picnic table and 200 acres to explore. Old Hickory is part of Earthjoy Village and you can see more about the property in the listings above.

Aliyah Treehouse in Earthjoy Village
Aliyah Treehouse in Earthjoy Village

Aliyah Treehouse: Earthjoy Village

Location: Germantown, Kentucky
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1.5 in adjacent bathhouse
Rate: $187
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This whimsical treehouse has two parts connected by a swinging bridge and a living room built around a red oak tree. One part, called the Snuggle Palace, has a full bed with a twin bed above it. There’s a kitchenette, deck with four chairs and a table, fire pit and four hammocks.

Please see related story: You’ll Love These Ohio Treehouse Rentals For Couples, Families

Treehouse Rentals in Stanton, Kentucky

Several of the Kentucky treehouse rentals are in Stanton, the beginning point of the Red River Gorge. Stanton is about 45 miles southeast of Lexington. You’ll find several more treehouses in Campton, just 25 minutes away.

Lions Lair treehouse in Stanton, Kentucky
View of Lions Lair from the fire pit

Lions Lair

Location: Stanton, Kentucky
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Rate: $156
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Located in the national forest with easy access to hiking trails, Lions Lair is a two-story treehouse with a loft and deck overlooking the forest. A couch in the main room folds out into a double bed for extra sleeping space. The kitchen has a fridge, microwave and mini oven. Enjoy cool evenings by the fire pit.

Kentucky Breeze treehouse
Kentucky Breeze

Kentucky Breeze

Location: Stanton, Kentucky
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Rate: $145
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One of two sister properties to Lions Lair, Kentucky Breeze has a loft with bathroom and bedroom, sleeper sofa, kitchenette, screened porch and stargazing deck. You can access this treehouse by a ramp making it wheelchair accessible.

Eagles Nest Treehouse in Stanton Kentuck
Eagles Nest Treehouse

Eagles Nest Treehouse

Location: Stanton, Kentucky
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Rate: $152
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The third property inside the Red River Gorge National Forest is Eagles Nest Treehouse, one of the original builds on the property. The main building houses a bathroom, kitchen and bedroom you reach by climbing a ladder. The second bedroom is in a separate building just down the stairs in an adorable structure that looks like a large cozy doghouse, sitting on an observation deck. Guests access the queen bed by crawling through the window!

Observatory Treehouse
Observatory Treehouse

Observatory Treehouse

Location: Stanton, Kentucky
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: .5
Rate: $150
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Fear of heights? Not a lover of stairs? Keep looking, but if you want magnificent views of the Red River Gorge from high up in the trees, this is the place for you. One guest called it an adult playground.

Located inside the Red River Gorge National Park, the Observatory Tree House is reached by ascending 120 stairs and has three levels: the kitchen with gas stove and wraparound porch, the bedroom with a glass ceiling and access to an observation deck, and the hammock lounge with two hammocks. The home has an outhouse and you’ll have access to indoor plumbing at the Red River Gorge headquarters.

Tradewinds Treehouse

Tradewinds Treehouse

Location: Stanton, Kentucky
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 1
Rate: $325
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Here’s the spot if you’re looking for a bit more upscale experience with a treehouse rental. There are two treehouses side by side with electricity, running water and even a hot tub. There’s kitchen in a separate building, fire pit, hammock and outside dining area. And just for fun, there’s a slide to take down, right to the outdoor lounging area.

Sylvan Float Treehouse
Sylvan Float Treehouse

Sylvan Float Treehouse

Location: Stanton, Kentucky
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: .5
Rate: $150
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Go off the grid in this cute treehouse cabin with battery-powered lanterns and propane appliances. There’s a gas stove, 5-gallon water dispenser above the sink, small kitchen table, wraparound porch and built-in hammock. Guests may use a private composting toilet and can find full bathroom facilities at the Red River Gorge headquarters.

Treehouses in Campton, Kentucky

Cliff Dweller Treehouse in Campton, Kentucky
Cliff Dweller

Cliff Dweller

Location: Campton, Kentucky
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Rate: $154
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Have you dreamed of sleeping suspended on the side of a cliff? Well, I never have, but if that’s your thing, Cliff Dweller is your place. You’ll have magnificent views of the tree canopy of Red River Gorge from the suspended bedroom and the top deck. There’s also a kitchen, bedroom and bathroom in a separate building, all reached by going up several hundred suspended stairs.

The Lookingglass Treehouse in Campton, Kentucky
The Looking Glass Treehouse

The Looking Glass

Location: Campton, Kentucky
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Rate: $150
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Named for the mirrors on the facades, the Looking Glass Treehouse has two buildings connected by a bridge, kitchen, sofa bed and a separate bathhouse. There’s a lower platform with hammocks and also a fire ring.

a geodesic dome at Dome Town in Campton, Kentucky
One of the geodesic domes at Dome Town

Cloud Dome Treehouse

Location: Campton, Kentucky
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1 shared
Rate: $120
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Welcome to Dome Town! Cloud, Puma and Turtle Dome are all geodesic domes suspended  in the trees and connected by suspension bridges. Each has a queen bed and a deck. While these may not be what you think of when you think of a treehouse, they are so fun we had to include them.

There’s also a communal dome with two baths and a wash station. Rent one, two or all three for $421 a night.

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