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Wild & Scenic Wilson Creek: Trout, Kayaks, Waterfalls & More!

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Wilson Creek In The Autumn


Last updated: 04/06/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:10
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, Sleeps 7 comfortably (10 max)

Craig Creek Cottage is a great location for adventure enthusiasts and serenity lovers, alike. It's located on a rhododendron-lined mountain stream in the Wilson Creek Section of the Pisgah National Forest (Grandfather Ranger District). A five minute walk takes you to Craig Creek's confluence with Wilson Creek. Wilson Creek is a National Wild and Scenic River, and is spectacular all year round!

There is plenty to do here. There are mountain biking trails, hiking trails, waterfalls to view, Class III-V whitewater kayaking, and the Brown Mountain Off Highway Vehicle Area. You can fish for either wild or stocked trout and hunt according to the season. The wildlife viewing is fabulous with wild turkey and many other species of birds to see. Dragonfly and butterfly enthusiasts will find many varieties to chase. Of course, there are white-tail deer in the area, and if you're lucky you may even spot a black bear or the occasional coyote!

In the summer it's a great place to swim, canoe and do some lazy tubing. The spring wildflowers and the autumn leaves are gorgeous, and in the winter (if you don't mind about an hour's drive) you can add a day at the slopes to your outdoor activities since it's only about 35 miles to Sugar Mountain or Appalachian Ski Mountain resorts. On days you prefer to relax, just rock on the front porch while you chat, play games or read by the woodstove, or roast marshmallows over the portable fire pit outside.

Depending upon your length of stay, you may want to check out other attractions within driving distance of Craig Creek Cottage. On the nearby Blue Ridge Parkway you'll find the Brown Mountain Overlook where you can try to glimpse the mysterious Brown Mountain Lights. You'll find other premiere natural destinations such as Linville Falls and Linville Caverns nearby, too.

If you just can't stay away from civilization, North Carolina cities such as Lenoir, Morganton, Hickory, Blowing Rock, and Boone are a half hour to an hour's driving distance, where you'll be able to find just about anything you want. For groceries and supplies, Lenoir is closest, and there are theaters and/or restaurants no matter which of these destinations you choose. There are wonderful boutiques in Blowing Rock, as well as an outlet mall-- Tanger Shoppes on the Parkway.

Looking for additional entertainment for the kids? For a change of pace try the lovely children's playground called Martha's Park-- complete with outdoor play fountain--in Morganton. If that isn't exciting enough, how about Tweetsie Railroad? At nearby Grandfather Mountain you'll find the the Mile High Swinging Bridge and the summer Highland Games, as well as black bears, river otters, cougars, bald and golden eagles, and white tail deer in the park's Wildlife Habitats.

This cozy family getaway has knotty pine paneling and hardwood floors. With three bedrooms and two bathrooms, Craig Creek Cottage allows plenty of room for parties of 2-6 to spread out. With the queen size futon in the living room and the twin sleeper in the sunroom, this cabin can technically sleep as many as 10 (though that might feel a bit tight!)

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Property Type

  • Cottage

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 10
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    25 years and up...moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 7-10

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms


  • Books:

    A small paperback library....moreless

  • CD Player
  • Television:

    Small, old school TV--we're about the outdoors!...moreless


  • Cinemas
  • Theme Parks
  • Zoo

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View
  • Waterfront:

    Listen to the gurgle of Craig Creek as you rock on the front porch or relax on the creekside swing....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Swimming


  • Dining Area


  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill


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Rental basis: Per property
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My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$98 $112
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning: $75 + tax
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $150
  • Tax Rate 9.75%


I prefer to say the regular and/or holiday rate is $112.00 & we discount non-holiday Mon, Tues & Wed nights to only $98.00/night. VRBO won't let me say it that way :-(

Cleaning fee for 1-5 guests: $50. 6-10 guests: $65.

SPECIAL WEEKLY RATE: $575.00 if your 7 night rental begins on a Tuesday or Wednesday & covers only one weekend! Rate offered for non-holiday weeks only.

We accept Visa or Mastercard. To reserve contact or call 910-264-6089.

Payment & security deposit required for reservation. Cancel 30 days prior to check-in to receive refund, less $20.00 admin. fee. NO REFUNDS DUE TO WEATHER. Check in 2:00 pm; check out 11:00 am. Smoking & pets are not permitted and violations will result in loss of security deposit.

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Last updated: 04/06/2017
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Year Purchased: 2006

About the owner: We like to be outdoors no matter the season. Ethan loves to go whitewater kayaking while I, as an avid bird watcher, can often be found staring into the trees with my binoculars!

Why the Owner Chose Collettsville, NC, USA:
Ethan fell in love with Wilson Creek on a kayaking trip many years ago. When we were ready to look for a vacation cabin in the mountains, he made a beeline for the area! There were not many places for sale, so we felt very fortunate to find our dear little cottage. Since we love forests and mountain streams, Craig Creek Cottage is ideal for us, and during our stays we kayak, bird, hike, bike, canoe, swim and explore to our hearts' content. We think that the Wilson Creek section of the Pisgah National Forest is one of North Carolina's most delightful secrets. If you enjoy nature, you'll probably think so, too!

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
We can listen to the gurgle of Craig Creek from the porch or go sit in our porch swing on its bank. 'Secret' stone steps take us down to the stream for wading, fishing and playing. In addition, it is a mere 5 minute walk to the confluence with Wilson Creek (designated a National Wild and Scenic River). On the other hand, it is only a 15-mile drive from Craig Creek Cottage up to the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the forest road that takes us there is, itself, gorgeous! As a result, we feel like we're ideally situated to enjoy all that this area of the Pisgah National Forest and the Blue Ridge Mountains have to offer. In the winter we often spend time on the slopes nearby. About an hour away, it is easy for us to throw our gear in the car and head up for the day. We've also enjoyed exploring nearby civilization. In one direction there are Lenoir, Hickory, and Morganton, while in the other direction you'll find Grandfather Mountain, and beautiful Blowing Rock (complete with the Tweetsie Railroad). I discovered a restaurant I love in Boone--Hob Nob Farm Cafe. We like too explore farther afield on the Parkway, too, and enjoy visiting Altapass Orchard, Mt. Mitchell, Spruce Pine and Little Switzerland! We head out for the day, have a wonderful time, and then return home to our cozy cottage!

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  • Wilson Creek In The Autumn

    Wilson Creek In The Autumn

  • By the Woodstove in the Sunroom

    By the Woodstove in the Sunroom

  • Country comfort in our knotty pine paneled bedrooms.

    Country comfort in our knotty pine paneled bedrooms.

  • Craig Creek Cottage, with beautiful, natural hemlock siding!

    Craig Creek Cottage, with beautiful, natural hemlock siding!

  • Plenty of room to make a home-cooked meal!

    Plenty of room to make a home-cooked meal!

  • Down the secret stone stairs to Craig Creek

    Down the secret stone stairs to Craig Creek

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This listing was first published here in 2007.

Date last modified - Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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