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American Dream Cabin

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,650 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

This 3BR, 2BA log home is located in Heartwood subdivision, near Elk Mills, TN. It is located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, and the 5 acre mountaintop property backs up to the Cherokee National Forest. Here you can enjoy a place with long range views of Watauga Lake and the Iron Mountain Range to the north and northeast.

Gorgeous views, cozy fire is available both inside and out and the most peaceful atmosphere one can have!

This 5 acre property backs up to thousands and thousands of acres of Cherokee National Forest. It's in a cabin neighborhood that has direct access to trails and forest service roads. Heartwood is a 330 acre gated community with 42 property owners, 5 fulltime residents, 15 completed luxury mountain cabins.

This is an isolated mountain location, no public transportation. The last 1.5 mile of road going up the property is gravel road. 4 wheel drive vehicle is recommended to get around if you are not accustomed to driving on mountain roads. If you have a low riding vehicle you will not want to bring it to this mountain location. Heartwood is centrally located approximately 25 miles from Boone, NC and 25 miles from Tri-Cities area of Johnson City/Bristol/Elizabethon, Tennessee.

More Details

Todd Watson
Member since: 2017
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 15, 2018

Why Todd Watson chose Butler

This beautiful mountain top property is literally that, on top of the mountain ridge at approximately 3300 foot elevation, in the Blue Ridge Mountains, over looking Watauga Lake.


Butler Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1650 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 3:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 3 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 2 double
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • festivals
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
The community HOA has a fireworks policy: no fireworks after 9pm.


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American Dream Cabin
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

Amazing !!!

  • 5 of 5

Very spacious and comfortable.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
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Loved it!!

  • 5 of 5

It was one of the best experiences I’ve done! Loved the view! The cabin was so great! Highly recommended

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Best vacation spot!

  • 5 of 5

I cannot say enough wonderful things about this cabin. Not only did it have the most amazing view, the owners have thought of everything. It is fully equipped so you can enjoy your stay without any worry. Do yourself a favor and book this cabin immediately.

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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Wonderful Stay

  • 5 of 5

We had an absolutely wonderful time, even having it rain for a whole day. The cabin is a great escape with an amazing view of the mountains and Watauga Lake. Fully stocked with everything for food prep, a great firepit for S'mores and ghost stories, and a deck large enough for a wedding party.

Rained all day Saturday but the teen girls could not stay off the tree swings, coming in only to put their clothes in the dryer and go back out for more.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Beautiful and Quiet Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

This home was perfect for our group of 10! There was plenty of space, the views were amazing, and there were things to keep everyone busy from small children to adults.

The cabin was clean, and the kitchen was fully stocked. The drive up to the cabin went well without a 4-wheel drive vehicle. We made it up with no problems in a Honda minivan.

The swings were amazing and were constantly in use from everyone - ages 4 to adults! The carpetball was under the covered deck, which was a fun activity for all ages. Between the view, tree swings, front porch swing, hammock, and carpetball, we could have been content to spend our entire vacation at the house!

There was a gas grill which we used to cook dinner (also under a covered deck). The loft had a foosball table and a bookcase full of books and games for the whole family.

It was a bit warm the first night (end of July), but with the windows open it was manageable.

We hiked around the neighborhood, hiked to Laurel Falls, visited Mast General Store, and rented a pontoon for the day from Fish Sprigs Marina on Lake Watauga (highly recommend this!).

Todd, the owner, was great to work with. He answered all of our questions, usually within an hour or two at most.

We would highly recommend this cabin and would love to visit again! It was so beautiful and relaxing. The views are unbeatable!

I would recommend bringing any groceries in with you. There is a small country store nearby, but they are pretty limited in what they carry.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Best vacation I ever had

  • 5 of 5

Best vacation ever. Definitely requires 4 wheels drive. The kitchen supply was fully equipped. Kids will enjoy the games provided in the cabin. Although there was no internet connection which was good to keep the family together away from their phones. AT&T works fine but there was no T-mobile service. Mr. Todd was very helpful and kind. We cannot wait to go back again to enjoy the wonderful view.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Nearest Airport
53 Miles
Johnson City, TN (TRI)
Nearest Ski
26 Miles
Beech Mountain
Car: necessary

Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail, known simply as the “A.T.” among those who hike on it, is a 2174.1 mile-long scenic mountaintop footpath used by thousands of backpackers each year to fellowship with wilderness and to commune with nature. The A.T. circles around Heartwood providing easy access to the trail off Walnut Mountain Road just 2 miles from the development. You could hike south for an overnight trip to Carvers Gap on top of Roan Mountain State Park or north for a one day hike to Dennis Cove. To make it an overnight trip continue over the Watauga Dam along the Iron Mountain Range into Damascus, VA. Check trail maps for mileage and levels of difficulty before planning your hike on the A.T.

Virginia Creeper

The Virginia Creeper Trail stretches 35 miles from Abingdon, VA thru Damascus, VA to the NC State Line near Whitetop, VA. Open to hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding it is an adventure you don’t want to miss. You can ride up the Creeper for a more challenging journey or just relax, coast down and take in the gorgeous surroundings of waterfalls, trees, meadows and mother nature at her finest.

Snow Skiing

Appalachian Ski Mountain

Located in Blowing Rock, NC and just 1 hour drive from Heartwood. Appalachian Ski Mountain welcomes skiers and snowboarders of all skills and styles. It is the premier winter resort for families and groups in the Blue Ridge region of North Carolina.

For more information visit:

Beech Mountain

Ski Beech is the highest ski resort in Eastern North America at 5506 ft. above sea level. Ski Beech offers activities for all members of your group or family. Day and night skiing. Ski Beech is approximately an hour drive from Heartwood.

For more information visit:

Sugar Mountain Resort

Sugar Mountain Resort is the larges ski area in North Carolina. With 115 acres,

Sugar has 20 trails and 8 lifts. Sugar is the only resort with a 1200 ft. vertical!

The mountain terrain accommodates skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels.

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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75
Damage Insurance $59

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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