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On a Bluff Overlooking Clear Creek, Sipsey Wilderness, Trails!

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cottage,2 Bedrooms,2 Baths...with optional Bungalow separate cabin(1 BR)

Need a quiet place to unwind and relax? This farm is 600 acres of oaks, dogwoods, pines and wildflowers surrounded by the Bankhead National Forest, with no neighbors in sight!

Why do we call it the River Art Cabin? It sits on a bluff overlooking Clear Creek, the 'River' part. It was constructed by an artist named Art Fowler, whose original art still hangs throughout the cabin. Amazing!

You may want to spend your days fishing or tubing the creek or exploring the incredible canyons of the Sipsey Wilderness. Perhaps you would enjoy mountain biking the miles of Bankhead National Forest roads near by. Love hiking and backpacking, the Sipsey has many miles of hiking trails.

Love to hunt? Check out the Bankhead National Forest! You can drive just a few miles and hunt on National Forest land.

Enjoy birdwatching? What about a night with no street lights for perfect stargazing? This is the place for you!

There is a full kitchen in both cabins, but if you'd rather not cook, hop in the car and run to Double Springs for a homecooked Italian meal at the Sapore Grill!

There are two bedrooms in the River Art Cabin, the Master bedroom has a king size bed and a private upstairs deck with a sliding glass door. There is a private Master bath also. The second bedroom has a bunk bed.

One of my favorite parts of the place is the Gazebo, a beautiful structure set atop a sandstone bluff overlooking a shoals of Clear Creek about 70 feet below. You can enjoy a sunset with a glass of wine sitting on the gazebo listening to the rippling creek below. Or wake up early and walk down the path to the gazebo with a hot cup of coffee.

You can stroll for miles on our dirt roads or walk down the path to Clear Creek and take a dip in the cool waters that are a tributary to Smith Lake.

Truly remote. This cottage is at the end of the road... literally! You will drive down a small country road for about 4 miles and when the road ends... you are home!

Keywords: Cottage, cabin, gazebo, creek side, tubing, Bankhead National Forest, Sipsey Wilderness Area, birding, Smith Lake, Camp McDowell, hunting, fishing,

More Details

Maggie Johnston
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 24, 2018

About Maggie Johnston

Maggie is the Director of Educational Programs at Camp McDowell. She manages the McDowell Environmental Center and Farm School, as well as Magnolia Nature Preschool.

Mark recently retired from 26 years as the Executive Director of Camp McDowell, near Jasper, Alabama. Mark is now working towards a new goal... being the first Independent Governor of Alabama! GO to his Facebook page Mark Johnston to learn more.

They are proud of the work they do to protect and educate people about the natural world around us.

Maggie Johnston purchased this cottage in 2011

Why Maggie Johnston chose Double Springs

We bought this place for the pure joy of owning a remote piece of Nature on the banks of Clear Creek!

What makes this cottage unique

There is nothing quite like communing with nature in a beautiful place near a moving stream. You will find it valuable to spend some quiet time just sitting on the porch or gazebo and listening to nature!


Double Springs Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • King size beds (1), Bunk Beds (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
600+ acres of property with 3/4 mile of Clear Creek frontage and creek access. Tubing on Clear Creek, miles of walking or mountain biking trails, hiking and backpacking in the famous Sipsey Wilderness Area, sitting in the gazebo overlooking the shoals of Clear Creek with a glass of wine!


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average rating of 4.805195 based on 77 reviews
Starkville MS

It was so quiet and beautiful. You could hear the water from the porch....

  • 5 of 5

Would recommend this to anyone.... The owners were wonderful and helped me plan this last minute get away for my husband. It rained on Saturday but we went to the secret beach in the rain and had the best time. We brought steaks to grill and did that Saturday night on the provided grill. The couch and the bed were sooooo comfortable. We played Jenga and there were several books if I had decided to read.

I can't wait to come back and hopefully it wont rain this time.

  • Submitted: May 7, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful, beautiful, and serene

  • 5 of 5

It had the rightt mix of comfort and cozy we needed. It felt like home; not so perfect and fancy and that you were afraid to be comfortable bc you may mess something up. We loved the trails and being where no one could reach us! We never even turned on the tv!

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the kind words! You were wonderful guests.
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Great place to get away from the hustle & bustle of modern life.

  • 4 of 5

House was clean & well furnished throughout. The owner met us soon after we arrived to make sure that everything was okay. Property is close to Bankhead National Forrest yet very secluded from other residences.

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Helena, AL

Beautiful land- house not so much

  • 2 of 5

When we were outside, the stay was perfect! Beautiful land with a wonderful little beach by the river. At night, we’d go to the gazebo and hear the coyotes in the distance. We could see stars so clearly that our kids we amazed. So cool.

When we had to go inside, however it wasn’t as nice. The house is extremely dusty and we had to cut our trip short because our oldest son is allergic to it. The toilet leaked, the frig has some problems and the water was either cold or scalding hot. When we told the owner that we were leaving and why, she said that it was pollen not dust (like we hadn’t had our son tested many times) that triggered our son’s attacks and to come back when things weren’t blooming. He was great when he was outside so no. She did apologize for the toilet though and seemed nice. If you don’t mind a dusty house, you should enjoy your stay.

I hate leaving a bad review but I felt like others should know. Also we did not ask for our money back in any way or make any demands for compensation.

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This is the email I sent to this renter after reading her review... Lisa, I saw your review and am so sorry that you felt you could not call me while here and register your complaints, rather than leave a bad review. You had our phone number. We have never had a 2 star review. Almost everyone we have hosted loved the place and house. We have certainly never had anyone complain that it was dusty or dirty, although it is on a dirt road. We offer our vacation home to folks so that they can enjoy Mother Nature and the amazing countryside. We rent out the cabin to allow us to help pay for the land. It is our hope and desire to save and preserve as much land and watershed of our beloved Clear Creek as possible. Next time you are not happy with the VRBO situation, please call the owners and report the problems ...before you leave in haste and write a bad review. I hope you and your family have a wonderful week.I hope your son is feeling much better. I can only imagine how scary it must be to have severe allergies.
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  • 5 of 5

The Secret Beach view is spectacular!! Weather was just right for what we wanted! The cottage was clean and homey! ☺Thank you for the wonderful time!

  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love the Secret Beach also! The sandstone cliff across the creek is magical! This area of Alabama is an amazingly beautiful place...if you get off the roads and highways and down into the canyons! Thanks for your visit and kind words.
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Off the grid

  • 5 of 5

This is a lovely, comfortable cabin with great scenery and relaxing atmosphere. This is the second time my husband and I have stayed for the weekend. The area is beautiful. We love walking the property and going to the Sipsey River Wilderness Trails to hike.

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love having you visit! Come again soon! Maggie
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Car: necessary

Tubing on Clear Creek, miles of walking or mountain biking trails, hiking and backpacking in the famous Sipsey Wilderness Area, sitting in the gazebo overlooking the shoals of Clear Creek with a glass of wine or cup of coffee!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
cleaning fee $85

Cleaning fee is $75 per visit.
Pet fee is additional $50 per visit.
Call if interested in a weekly or monthly rate/ 205-522-1500

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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