House in the Trees


350 Clemmer Ridge Lane
West Augusta, VA 24485

Our cabin sits adjacent to George Washington National Forest on the northern most area in the beautiful Deerfield valley. We are the highest home in the region, boasting excellent views of the surrounding forests. Imagine sitting in the hot tub late at night and being able to reach out and touch the stars. There are many trails for hiking and mountain biking in the area. And trail running too.

Fishing is just a short drive from the cabin. You can hunt by walking onto National forest behind the cabin or visiting different wildlife areas. If you enjoy birding, there is a designated birding area not far from headwaters. Staunton offers find dining & shopping.

Cabin Area

You are in the northern Deerfield area. Approximately 30 minutes to the east is Staunton and 40 minutes to the north east is Harrisonburg. To the west is Headwaters (15 minutes), McDowell (20 minutes), Williamsville (Bath county – 40 minutes), and Monterey (35-45 minutes). All of these lie in Highland county, Virginia. Each area has excellent recreation spots for your outdoor adventures.

Distance to the Cabin

From Distance
2 Hours
3 Hours
2 Hours 45 Minutes
3 Hours 15 Minutes
5 Hours
4 Hours 15 Minutes

Arrival Directions

Once you get to Starey Draft, the home is 1.3 miles from the bottom. The road is challenging and we recommend all wheel drive or four wheel drive. Our road is a private road without a road maintenance agreement.  Please print off these directions before you leave for the cabin.  Most cell phones will not work in the area, nor will non-satellite GPS based systems. Cellular phones utilize the cell towers to facilitate directions not satellites. 

See the video below for a better idea of the road to get to the cabin:

What We Provide

  • Linens for 2 queen beds
  • Extra Blankets
  • 4 sets of body and hand towels, wash cloths
  • Keurig with supply of K-Cups
  • Sugar & Coffee sweeteners
  • Blue Ray/DVD Player with Flat Screen TV
  • Hammock underneath the home
  • Grill on the back deck
  • Outdoor Marble dining table with seating for 6
  • Information document for you to use upon arrival to make the most of your stay with us

Our Property

  • Enjoy use of the property to include the wooded area behind the cabin, this is national forest. There are old logging roads throughout the mountain.
    • Be careful the mountain looks very similar when you are in the trees. It is easy to get turned around.
  • Use of guns on our property is not permitted.

Area Attractions

This cabin is located in beautiful Augusta County. Below you will find a list of attractions nearby and in adjacent counties.

  • Ramsey’s Draft - Great hike into up to Ramsey’s Wilderness along the draft (creek) (at the base of the mountain of 250)
  • Confederate Breastworks - at the top of the mountain on route 250 – Augusta/Highland county line
  • Elliot’s knob– Second highest point in Virginia – White Top in Damascus being highest
    1. Summit the mountain via jeep trail or various hiking trails
    2. This is epic mountain biking
  • North Mountain – mountain biking & hiking
  • Braley Pond– fishing, mountain biking & hiking
  • Elkhorn Lake– fishing, mountain biking & hiking
  • Todd Lake– small camping area with swimming lake.
  • Coursney Springs Fish Hatchery– Williamsville (pack a lunch or stop at Mountain Oasis for a great sandwich) open daily from 8-3:30pm. Make sure you get a fishing license if you want to fish.  The game wardens are everywhere in Highland. Mountain Oasis has licensees.
    1. Around the hatchery are hiking trails and mountain bike trails
    2. Check out the recreation area located a couple minutes south of the hatchery – there is a swinging bridge and great places for picnics.
  • Locust Springs Recreation Area – Laurel Fork – located in WV and can be accessed from 250 or back roads through Blue Grass
  • Highland Wildlife Management Area– Hiking trails start on 250 (look for a small sign north along the road)
  • Shaw’s Fork – mainly a horse area but there are some hiking trails
  • Gorge– is not a defined area but located along route 614 (out of McDowell) along the way to Williamsville. There is great fishing and places for picnics along this route.
  • Trout & Smallmouth fishing – in Williamsville and along the gorge. The Jackson offers fishing too. 
    1. License and permits need to be obtained prior to fishing
  • Omni resort, where you will find the hot springs
  • Falling Springs Falls – located on 220,5 miles north of Covington (about 45 minutes away). Consider this a stop along the way only if you are in the area.  I would not consider this a destination.
  • Hidden Valley Park (off 220 south near Warm Springs – about 1.5 hours from cabin) – hiking & fishing –THIS IS YOUR BEST SOURCE FOR AN EASY HIKE ALONG THE RIVER!
  • Upper & lower Reservoirs – Pretty cool place located about 15 minutes south on 84
  • Douthat State Park – Possible fee area
  • Lake Moomaw – about one hour from us south – here you find fishing, hiking/biking trails.
  • Outfitter Rentals – mountain bikes 540-839-6455 (daily/weekly rentals)
  • Omni Resort – 540-839-1766
    • Spa – open daily (recommended reservations for weekend)
    • $65 per person or $120 for couple for day pass
    • Outdoor octagon naturally heated pool
    • Day pass allow use of sauna & steam room
  • Cass Scenic Railroad – excellent day trip for a family – the general store is very nice.
  • Seneca Caverns – about 20 minute drive north or Monterey on route 220.
  • Snowshoe Ski Resort – approximately 1.5 hours west

Churches in the Area

  • West August Methodist Church – I used to attend when I built the cabin. Great folks.
  • We attend Highland Baptist Church on 220, just outside of town – Bible Study 10:00 & Sunday Service 11:00
  • Mennonite church of McDowell – meets in McDowell Ruritan club building.
  • Blue Grass Methodist – meets in Blue Grass in a church built of dark stone – on Blue Grass Valley Road
  • There are a couple Presbyterian Churches in the county
  • 7thDay Adventist – Meets in McDowell
  • World of Faith Church – meets in the town of Monterey behind the Highland Medical Center
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