Roy and Phyllis Baker

Roy and Phyllis Baker started Appalachian Mountain Cabins in 2001, after Roy retired from the Eastman Company in Kingsport, Tennessee where he worked for 30 years. They helped construct each cabin personally, finishing the Mountain Retreat and Deer Meadow cabins and beginning rentals in the fall of 2001. In the years that followed, they continued developing their secluded mountain property into a scenic hillside retreat, eventually adding two more brand new, hand-built structures and expanding their offering to the four unique cabins available now. Roy and Phyllis still oversee the day to day operations of the rental cabins with the help of their daughter, Ramona Taylor.
Roy Baker is a deacon at Thomas Village Baptist Church in Duffield and a member of the Gideon’s International. He has also served to increase awareness of the beautiful Southwest Virginia Mountains and to promote tourism to this scenic area as:
•Scott County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
•Scott County Tourism Committee for 2 years
•Scott County Liaison to the Heart of Appalachia


About Ramona Taylor

I began hiking in the fall of 2014 when I suddenly found myself an empty-nester with extra time on my hands and trying desperately to fill that void. Around the same time I started taking a larger role in Appalachian Mountain Cabins where I had been a silent part owner for a number of years. I now manage the bookkeeping end of the business as well as designing and managing the website, online booking, all social media and managing the company blog.

Despite my duties at the cabins I still manage to find time to hike. I recently completely the Hike 100 challenge in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park completing 100 miles during their 2016 centennial celebration. I also try to explore the beautiful areas in the Jefferson National Forest near the cabins to let our cabin guests know about the nearby outdoor activities that Southwest Virginia has to offer.

The past two summers I have traveled out west and have had some amazing experiences. I Hiked the Narrows, and the Observation Point trail in Utah. Had my first climbing experience on the Devil’s Tower in Wyoming, and hiked to the 7242 ft. Harney Peak in South Dakota (the highest point between the Rockies and Spain). I have been blessed and hope to continue my adventures.