Cabin, 2 Bedroom , 2 Bath + Catnapper Couch, Sleeps 5
About Gary Whidden
I own a retirement mobile home park in Florida. My wife is a Biology teacher.
Gary Whidden purchased this Cabin in 2004
Why Gary Whidden chose Central
The river property came into my mother’s family in the 1890’s. My great grandfather built the family homestead. In 1901 (pre-dam) a flood came and damaged the home. With mules and logs they moved the 3,000 square foot, 2 story home across the creek and placed it on higher ground. Before the dam was built in the mid 1940’s, the river would sometimes look like a creek, at other times it would rise and come out its 50 foot banks. In the winter, the river would freeze and my great grandparents would cut squares of ice from the river and bury it in their home for later use. Before the bridge, there was a natural shelf that allowed the horse and buggies to cross the river in front of the cabins. The ground was farmed until I received it in 2003. My mother was raised on the property, until she married my father in 1947 and moved to Florida. We vacationed here every year, so I have always loved this place. I wanted a place of my own but hated the idea of having it sit empty most of the time. I am in the rental business in Florida so I decided to build something that could be rented when we are not able to be here. At that time, there were no buildings on the property so I was able to start from scratch. I really like the character of horse barns and thought, why not build one that could house people. So, in 2004, we built the cabins and it has been a great adventure! This past winter, we completed our retirement cabin. The cabin has three bedrooms, three baths, and an apartment on the lower level. We hope you choose us for your lodging in East Tennessee. We know you will enjoy it. - Gary and Patty Whidden
What makes this Cabin unique
Located on the Watauga River Trophy Trout Section, between Johnson City and Elizabethton, TN.
Pets allowed - Well behaved, non aggressive dogs are welcome.Well behaved, non aggressive dogs are welcome.
Max guests: 4 (sleeps up to 4 adults)
Minimum age of primary renter: 25
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
We loved it. Would love to stay there again! The accommodations are super cute and we love the river
Has become a tradition
Great cabin to partake in the local fly fishing scene. Wonderful place.
My wife and I went there for our anniversary. We wanted to do some relaxing and trout fishing. We ended up catching several nice rainbow trout. Western looking forward to going back.
Our favorite place to stay in the area
The cabins are so beautiful and very comfortable. Right on the river, out of town just far enough to be quiet but you can be back in the city in just a few minutes. Gary is a super host providing everything you need except food.
So glad you enjoyed your stay!
Nice weekend getaway
We came up for the weekend to go on a guided fishing trip. The property was lovely. It was so nice it was dog friendly. Had a great stay!
Located on the beautiful Watauga River.
Directions from I-26. Take I-26 to SR91 North for 2.9 miles. Turn left on Smalling Rd. Watauga River Cabins will be 1.9 miles on the left just before the Smalling Bridge.