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Scout's Hideaway on Beautiful Rock Creek Branch of Smith Lake

Bedrooms 2
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights

About the property

Cabin, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

Charming lake getaway for couples or small families. Brand new 2 BR 1 BA tucked away on the upper part of the beautiful Rock Creek branch of Smith Lake. Stretch out on the swim pier and enjoy 220 feet of shoreline on this wooded three-acre lot, or canoe to the headwaters and see some incredible limestone bluffs. Shower under the stars and moon or the early morning sun in the outdoor shower. Peaceful and secluded, but minutes away from conveniences in Arley and Addison. Dine indoors or enjoy the outdoors on the deck. 1 queen bed, 2 bunk beds. Hand-scraped maple floors, washer/dryer, full kitchen, coffee maker, coffee grinder, food processor, gas range, microwave, full size refrigerator, full tile bath. Outdoor shower. Outdoor gas grill. Neighborhood boat launch. Paved road to cabin, cement driveway, stairs to lake with patio landings, and canoes for visitors' use. Television in bunk room with built-in DVD player only - no cable, satellite or digital reception. There is no telephone land line in the cabin. Prior to your visit, we recommend you check the service map for your cell phone provider for coverage of the area. For everyone's health and safety, smoking is prohibited on the entire premises.

Keywords: Cottage, Arley, Secluded, Canoe, Swim, Boat, Fish, Hike, Bankhead National Forest, Relax, Quiet

More Details

Jon Wesson
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 6, 2017

About Jon Wesson

We are self-employed and work together so sometimes it feels that there is no end to the 'work day'. Our lake getaway lets us put work behind and enjoy communing with nature. Canoeing is our favorite pastime. Around the cabin we particularly enjoy seeing the wildlife - deer, otters, foxes, bald eagles and golden eagles.

Jon Wesson purchased this cabin in 2010

Why Jon Wesson chose Lewis Smith Lake

Our cabin is just a short drive from where we live, but feels like an escape to a mountain lake. The Rock Creek Branch of Smith Lake is not heavily trafficked with boats, so we can still take the canoes out for a relaxing float. Although we feel like we are miles from anything at the cabin, we love that in reality we are only five minutes from grocery stores and restaurants.

What makes this cabin unique

We so love getting away from it all, but still being just minutes from I-65. The stars in the night sky let us know we have left light pollution behind. Walking out in the morning to see the mist on the lake, sitting on the deck with our cup of morning coffee or catching a glimpse of a deer walking through the woods all serve to drain away the worries and instill a sense of calm.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(27 traveler reviews)

Scout's Hideaway on Beautiful Rock Creek Branch of Smith Lake
average rating of 4.888889 based on 27 reviews

Beautiful & Relaxing

  • 5 of 5

This cabin on Smith Lake is a little slice of heaven. We spent 5 wonderful days canoeing, swimming, fishing and boating. The cabin was immaculate and charming. The kitchen is well stocked. We enjoyed re-connecting with our young adult children (ages 19 & 21) during our stay. During the day we played on Smith Lake and at night we enjoyed playing cards and board games as there is no TV or Wi-Fi. We loved that we "unplugged". We rented a boat from Squirrel's Marina and they were just as nice and helpful as the owners of the cabin. Everyone responded to all emails in a timely manner. There are a lot of stairs to climb back and forth to the dock/lake. We looked at it as our daily workout! ;-) It does take some getting used too. Overall, a fabulous place to stay, peaceful, quiet, cozy and charming. Beds are comfortable too! ;-) The towns of Arley and Addison are only 10 minutes away. Smith Lake is beautiful. We'll definitely be back.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much. In our present state of technology, it is good to get away every now and then and surround yourself with nature. The beauty of the lake and area make rest and relaxation easy. Please visit again.
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Peaceful/Unplugged from everything

  • 5 of 5

We loved out getaway weekend to Scout's Hideaway! It was the most peaceful/relaxing trip we may have every been on. There was no noise just the sound of fish jumping in the water. The cabin was so nice and cozy. We loved the decor and the open concept with the kitchen. The owners were so fast to respond via text/emails and were so helpful in making us feel right at home. We definately want to come back and bring our son next time :)

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so very glad you enjoyed your stay! We strive to promptly respond to any texts or emails because we really do want our guests to enjoy themselves and relax. Plus we like sharing helpful info about local attractions, fishing spots, and our favorite places to eat. Hope you can visit with us again - fall and spring are also spectacular!
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  • 5 of 5

We loved everything about Scout's hideaway! The house is precious and so comfortable! The kids loved the canoes! Very peaceful!! We hope to be back soon!

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome weekend

  • 5 of 5

We just left Scout's Hideaway and we miss it already!

We loved the decor and the peaceful feeling upon entering. The owners have taken great care to make sure you have everything you need. They responded quickly to emails and texts and were happy to help.

If you're looking for a quiet, relaxing place to stay, this is it! There were very few boats on the water so it was easy for us to ski, and tube. We are hoping to visit again before school starts.

  • Submitted: May 24, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks guys! We're glad you had fun. We try hard to make your visit to the lake easy, comfortable and relaxing so you can just enjoy the water and nature.
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Peaceful Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at Scout's Hideaway, it is a very peaceful setting. The cabin is right in front of the lake, and has everything you need for a comfortable stay. Our stay was too short unfortunately! I brought my 6 year-old and my one-year old, and even though they are lots of stairs to get to the water, we did not have any problems. I would definitely recommend it!

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Special place

  • 4 of 5

I was going through some old emails and realized I never left a review! This place is great - quiet, secluded, on a branch of Smith Lake that is not busy at all. We spent 6 nights there, and will go back if given the opportunity. Big pluses - the outdoor shower (was so nice to use first thing in the morning or after an afternoon in the lake), The fire pit/chairs, security (locked gate at driveway), canoes and covered swim pier. The house itself is great too, plenty of room for my family of four. Little to no cell service on Verizon (which was fine by me...). It had everything we needed and then some. And yes, there are a few steps to the water but after the first couple of trips you get used to it. Thanks for a great week!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The outdoor shower is definitely one of our favorites There is nothing like a nice hot shower under the sun or stars! And with so few lights competing with the night sky, on a clear night, you can see so many more stars than you'd expect. Although our cell service with AT&T provides good coverage at the cabin for us (phone and internet/data), we too, would sometimes prefer to completely unplug. Whether it is a walk in the woods of the Bankhead National Forest, a float upstream to the headwaters of Rock Creek, or simply sitting on the deck with a cup of coffee in the cool of the morning listening to the quiet sounds of nature, it is always where we go to relax and recharge.
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Addison Airport
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
U.S. Highway 278
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
La Plaza Bonita Mexican Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
Bankhead National Forest
Nearest Point of Interest
Neighborhood Boat Launch
Nearest Point of Interest
Bankhead National Forest
Nearest Point of Interest
Cabin's Location
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

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May 1 2016 - Sep 5 2017
2 night minimum stay
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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $75

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Arley Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Washing Machine
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Bunk Beds (1)
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • swimming
Covered swim pier, canoes, outdoor shower

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