North Carolina combines picturesque small towns oozing with Southern charm with an abundance of proper outdoor adventure in the form of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Blue Ridge Parkway, Pisgah National Forest, and the miles of pristine barrier islands that make up its two iconic National Seashores. While it has a lot going for it as a naturally beautiful locale, the state is also known for vibrant mountain towns like Boone, Hot Springs, China Grove, Black Mountain, and the resulting craft beer culture that puts countless other microbrews to shame.
If you’re a Northeasterner escaping the cold for North Carolina’s warm, sunny weather or just scoping out this southern state for fun, there’s a lot on offer, and you might not even realize this is one of the East Coast’s premier spots for outdoor rec until you see it for yourself. Luckily, you don’t have to book a few nights in an overpriced chain hotel to get the full experience. Located all throughout the state are luxury treehouse rentals available for adventurous travelers in lieu of said hotels that range from snug, sky-high chalets tucked away in the pine forests to beachside aeries just steps from the scenic coastline of North Carolina’s Outer Banks.
But before you go Googling “best treehouses in North Carolina”, stop right there because we did it all for you. From the mountainside to the oceanside and everywhere in between, here are the best treehouse rentals in North Carolina for a one-of-a-kind getaway.
The 8 Best North Carolina Treehouses to Rent for an Outdoorsy Adventure
Vibe: A little bit retro
This 200-square-foot pet-friendly mountain retreat was intentionally designed with unique features like live edge siding to make this tiny retreat feel larger than life. A glass-fronted facade allows natural light to pour in and illuminate the whimsical space that’s curated with retro-inspired decor and a vintage green and orange color palette in the living room. A gorgeous wood-fired cedar hot tub is the cherry on top of this nostalgic getaway.
Vibe: Sky-high serenity
Lifted up on stone pillars, whitewashed walls and exposed weathered wood beams give this unfussy yet inviting A-Frame treehouse an aura of peace and calm. Set on a 40-acre farm, the space is filled with tasteful rustic decor and small creature comforts like a queen-size bed, fuzzy bathrobes, and rain boots for tromping around the property or booking a coffee tasting at the farm’s on-site coffee roaster (!!!). A communal kitchen, fire pit, farm store, and hammocks also await in the Main Barn.
Vibe: Outer Banks oasis
Perched up in the pines, this beachouse-meets-treehouse cabin soars high above the tallest sandy dunes on the Atlantic coast in North Carolina’s scenic Outer Banks on the border of Jockey's Ridge State Park. Entirely handbuilt by a local artist, the interior has a coastal cool vibe with natural wood and white that’s punctuated by pops of color. An easy 3-minute drive to the nearest beach, check out the area’s hiking, biking, canoeing, and kayaking trails, too.
Vibe: Luxe lodge
Relax in spectacular fashion inside this treehouse getaway. Inside, an accent wall studded with sliced logs stands in contrast to a glittering chandelier, for a vibe that’s a little bit mountain lodge and a little bit fairytale boho glam. Hang out on the spacious porch with a seating area and gas grill, kick it on the hanging sofa bed, or spend your days on a sunny dock beside the private pond.
Vibe: Treetop tower
Climb a winding staircase up to this rugged, off-grid oasis high up in the trees for some real nature therapy. The design is rustic and cozy, and the rest is primitive: the kitchen is a propane cookstove, the spigot has only cold water, and your bathroom is a porta potty. There is a comfortable bed but don’t forget to bring your own bedding.
Vibe: Light and bright
Stroll down a swinging bridge to enter this romantic treehouse that’s suspended high above a private 14-acre forested lot. The ultra-cozy living area is filled with amenities including wi-fi, air-conditioning and heating, hot shower, LED fireplace, and a small yet substantial kitchenette with a mini-fridge, plus a well-lit jacuzzi on the lower deck for a little bit of outdoor luxury.
Vibe: Asheville aerie
In this treetop hideaway, you can take in the sweeping mountain views of North Carolina’s rugged Blue Ridge Mountains from the comfort of a rocking chair on a porch for a real southern experience. Explore the area and soak up the silence, or take a quick drive down to Asheville’s city center. And if this sancutry is booked, there’s plenty of other treetop cabins for rent on the property, like the popular Wizard's Hollow.
Vibe: Tranquil and tiny
Located on the Odd Bits Hemp Farm, on the outside, this unique treehouse appears rugged and rustic until you step foot inside the spacious interior that has a hint of industrial style mixed in. Walk across the hanging bridge for a hot outdoor shower or hop in the car to explore downtown Asheville and the area’s abundance of hiking trails and nearby waterfalls.