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CAMPING at it's BEST! Metal Roof, Large Open Outdoor Room, and Decks

Crane Hill, AL, USA
  • Barn300 sqft
  • Bedrooms0
  • Sleeps10
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 nights

For Camping Or Family Fun. Metal Roof over a Large Open Room, and Decks

CAMPING, CAMPING CAMPING!! This may look like a cabin but it's NOT. It has everything, but walls, and is super neat for camping or a day party. It is an open pavilion with two changing rooms. One step up to the deck keeps you off the ground at night. Old fashioned outhouse (with commode and water) an outdoor shower and electricity after March. It is in a secluded area with three other cabins nearby and has its own boat ramp, deck, and a nearby dock for fishing in our slew. Refrigerator, cooler, charcoal BBQ grill, tiki torches and party lights at night are all there. It also has an old fashioned rock fire pit for fun or romantic evenings. Paddle boarding, kayaking, jet skiing, skiing, fishing, or just laying in the sun is all permitted and encouraged. LOL We even provide floats. A nice place to camp out or have birthday parties on beautiful Smith Lake. We rent it by the weekend. If it isn't rented by Friday we would rent it for a single night. It is only one slew away from Smith Lake Park and about a mile, by water, to the Castle and Captain Jon and Maggie's Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast. Must be 21 years old to rent.


Willette Harbison

Member Since 2014
Response rate:
Response time:
within a few hours
Calendar last updated:
Apr 18, 2018
About Willette Harbison

3rd Generation Owner. The lake sits on my grandfather's bottom 40. (acres) The far bottom of the farm where he grew crops.

Willette Harbison purchased this Barn in 1920

Why Willette Harbison chose Crane Hill

A great place to have a private family picnic or time away without others right on top of you.

What makes this Barn unique

Very serene and quiet. Usually pretty calm except holidays.


    • Pets Welcome
    • Kids Welcome
    • Parking


      • 0 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
        • Camping under the stars or under a roof. It's your choice. Bring your own blow up mattress for a good night's sleep. Ceiling fans provided :)


        • 1 Bathroom
          • The bathroom is a small building with a commode only. It was placed at the lot 'just in case' someone needed some privacy while camping. We have just added a beach type outdoor shower if you want to cool or wash off :)

          Location Type

            • Lakefront
              This place is nestled at the end of a quiet slew. Until recently there were no other homes around. So calm and quiet it is an awesome place to fish or swim with the kids and dogs.
            • Rural
              Small local store with pizza and sandwiches. Brand new restaurant serves delicious meals, post office, fire department, Senior Citizens site, and Dowling Park with a walking trail and playground.
            • Waterfront
              Walk in water year round for ALL! Little kids and BIG enjoy the ramp into the water.


                • Adventure
                • Away From It All
                • Family
                • Romantic


                    • Guests provide their own meals


                        • Parking
                          Lots of parking and a turn around


                            • Refrigerator
                              Just a small one for leftovers.
                            • Stove
                              No stove but two grills. One charcoal and one butane if you bring your tank


                                • Dining
                                  A few tables are available. Lots of deck chairs.
                                • Dining Area


                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Two decks. Also lots of shade for those not wishing to be in the sun.
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Two charcoal grills and a gas grill is on the site. You will need to bring your own gas for the grill.


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • limited accessibility
                                          It's a flat lot. Someone in a wheelchair could be picked up easily and placed on the deck and only floor there.
                                        • smoking allowed
                                          Smoke 'em if you got 'em. Just pick up after yourself or use the ashtrays.


                                            • churches
                                            • festivals
                                            • playground
                                            • restaurants

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • scenic drives
                                                • walking

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • ATM/bank
                                                    • groceries

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                        • fishing
                                                        • freshwater fishing
                                                        • hiking
                                                        • kayaking
                                                        • pier fishing
                                                        • sailing
                                                        • fly fishing
                                                        • skiing
                                                        • snorkeling
                                                        • snorkeling/diving
                                                        • swimming
                                                        • water skiing
                                                        • water tubing


                                                            • This is an enjoyable place to have a wonderful weekend with the family. We have used it for 50 years as it was family property that became lake property when the Lewis Smith Lake Dam was built. Come and enjoy!

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: Flexible

                                                              Check-out: 6:00 PM

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                              12 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews


                                                              Rebekah P.

                                                              It was just what we wanted in a place to stay and we will be back. We had a ball!!!

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Even though we didn't get to meet u were sooo upbeat and positive we would be glad to have u anytime!! Come again soon!

                                                              Did not like it

                                                              Barry U.

                                                              The water was great, but it was very steep down to the building. There was a ash tray on the table full of butts. Nasty

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Hmmmmm..........the road is steep and has two large curves going down the Cullman County Road to the lake. Once there and unloaded you can WALK into the lake. We think of this as an asset. This couple was very u communicative and when I offered to help him with directions I was told He could find it with his GPS. We had no clue when they would arrive so one of the neighbors may have walked over to sit on our deck to put their feet up and looked at the lake and used the ash tray. I'm just glad they used that instead of the ground. He thought he was renting a one bedroom, one bath Cabin for $75 a night not camping. Was not friendly at all. :( Did not want any help before the rental. I'm sure he was aggravated because it wasn't what he thought he had rented for him and his new wife. :(

                                                              Great place and wonderful view!

                                                              Alie m.

                                                              We loved it! Ms. Harbison was very communicative throughout the stay. It was a little difficult to find at first, but she provided great directions despite GPS taking us to the neighbors. It was a great day on the lake. The lake was quite busy but that's expected for a holiday weekend.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thank YOU Ali. Yes, GPS can be somewhat unreliable around the small Lake roads. We enjoyed meeting u, your guest and the dogs. LOL. You were great guests to have and left the Pavillion in such wonderful shape we had very little to do for our next party. Please come again!!

                                                              We had a blast!

                                                              Jina B.

                                                              This place is great! I'm not a camper at all, but I had no problem spending the weekend here. We felt right at home. The owner is such a nice and helpful person and the lake is BEAUTIFUL!!! We can't wait to go back.

                                                              Fun Birthday Surprise!

                                                              Erin S.

                                                              I rented this cabin for my husband's birthday. He absolutely LOVED it here, and so did our friends. Nights were a bit cold, and the water was too, so I'll definitely be coming back when it's a bit warmer. The owner was so nice! Just the kind of people you hope to rent from. The property was VERY clean, and easy to find! Still had cell reception and everything. I HIGHLY recommend renting this!!!


                                                              Kenny L.

                                                              Great place to relax. Enjoy the outdoors and a beautiful lake. We enjoyed the fishing , the owner was very helpful and informative.


                                                              Crane Hill, AL, USA

                                                              Smith Lake Park with a pool and park activities is only a few miles away. Local Dowling Park has a concrete walking trail for walkers and bicyclers plus swings and slides for the tiny ones. The local store makes great pizza's at a very reasonable price and the new Crooked Chimney restaurants serves full meals with a meat and two with dessert and a drink twice daily.

                                                              Rates & Availability

                                                              Taxes and fees are additional

                                                              Additional information about rental rates

                                                              Easily accessible, but you must be a skilled driver to bring a boat in or out. No additional charge for launching.

                                                              12 Reviews
                                                              Wonderful 4.8/5
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