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Watauga River Cabins- Sycamore Cabin

Central, TN, USA
  • Cabin700 sqft
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps7
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay2 nights

Queen bed downstairs; loft area has double bed & 3 single beds

This cabin (Sycamore Cabin) is part of our 'rustic lodge'. Our 'rustic lodge' is located on the banks of the beautiful Watauga River, halfway between Johnson City and Elizabethton. The lodge was designed to resemble a horse barn and sits on 5 acres with over 600 feet of river frontage and consists of 3 cabins.

The downstairs Sycamore cabin has over 800 square feet of living space. The cabin has a queen bed and full bath downstairs. In the loft there is a queen bed, three single beds and a half bath.

All linens are included -- all you have to do is pick up some food and bring your personal items -- all other items will be provided for you! The kitchen is fully equipped with dishes, cookware, toaster, coffee maker and microwave.

The cabin has heat/air conditioning, ceiling fan, flat screen satellite TV (Direct TV is provider), DVD/VCR, central laundry facility and gas grill.

There is also a full hook-up RV pad with 50 amp service, located on the river. (extra cost) The RV lot has a private deck that overlooks the river.

Very convenient to both Johnson City and Elizabethton (10 minutes) as well as Roan Mountain, Sugar Mountain, Beech Mountain and Hawksnest ski resorts (45-60 minutes). Immediately adjacent to the lodge is the Watauga River which is about 100 feet wide and is home to some of the finest Trout fishing in the Eastern United States. Trout species in the Watauga River are Rainbow, Brook and Brown as well as several types of Bass and various non-game species. This lower part of the Watauga has been designated as the 'Quality Trout Zone.'

We have other cabins available please call for dates and prices.


Gary Whidden

Member Since 2010
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Calendar last updated:
Apr 20, 2018
About Gary Whidden

I own a retirement mobile home park in Florida and 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.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Loft Area
        1 double, 3 twin/ single
      • One bedroom with a queen size bed. Loft area with twin beds and bunk beds.


      • 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bath
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, combination tub/shower
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, Loft bath has sink & toilet
      • Full bath.

      Location Type

        • Waterfront
          Located on the trophy trout waters of the beautiful Watauga River.


            • Guests provide their own meals


                • Internet
                  Internet provided by Charter Cable
                • Air Conditioning
                • Fireplace
                  Gas logs
                • Hair Dryer
                • Heating
                • Clothes Dryer
                • Iron & Board
                • Linens Provided
                • Parking
                • Towels Provided
                • Washing Machine
                  Laundromat provided with washer/dryer


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


                        • Dining
                          Dining table seats 4. Bar also seats 4.
                        • Dining Area


                            • DVD Player
                            • Satellite / Cable
                            • Television
                              Flat screen TV's in the living and bedroom area


                                • Deck / Patio
                                  Patio table seats 4 with more seating available.
                                • Kayak / Canoe
                                  Kayaks not provided but can be rented at Watauga River Kayak.
                                • Outdoor Grill
                                  Charcoal and gas grill provided


                                    • churches
                                    • cinemas
                                    • festivals
                                    • health/beauty spa
                                    • library
                                    • marina
                                    • restaurants

                                      Leisure Activities

                                        • photography
                                        • antiquing
                                        • boating
                                        • horseshoes
                                        • miniature golf
                                        • paddle boating
                                        • bird watching
                                        • scenic drives
                                        • shopping
                                        • sight seeing
                                        • walking
                                        • wildlife viewing

                                          Local Services & Businesses

                                            • ATM/bank
                                            • groceries
                                            • hospital
                                            • laundromat
                                            • massage therapist
                                            • medical services

                                              Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                • kayaking
                                                • cross country skiing
                                                • fishing
                                                • fly fishing
                                                • freshwater fishing
                                                • golf
                                                • hiking
                                                • hunting
                                                • ice skating
                                                • cycling
                                                • mountain biking
                                                • mountain climbing
                                                • rafting
                                                • rock climbing
                                                • skiing
                                                • snowboarding
                                                • spelunking
                                                • water tubing
                                                • whitewater rafting

                                                  House Rules

                                                  Check-in: 2:00 PM

                                                  Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                  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.

                                                  26 Reviews


                                                  Latest reviews

                                                  Beautiful Get-Away Spot

                                                  Russell E.

                                                  The river is right outside the back door and is absolutely beautiful. Had it been warmer (it actually snowed while we were there), we would have likely lived in the river all week. The location is good. It's an easy drive to get anywhere in the Elizabethton / Johnson City area.

                                                  Sycamore Cabin

                                                  Casey H.

                                                  Had a great time. Perfect for a family or small group. Well appointed and comfortable

                                                  Great Cabin

                                                  James F.

                                                  Would give it 5 stars if the master bedroom mattress would be changed out. Besides that it was well kept and in a great location. The Watauga river right behind you and a great fire pit to entertain around. Nice fireplace inside and a great loft area for the kids to sleep and play. It is right outside of Johnson City so you can get anything you need but when you are at the cabin it feels like you are miles from anything. Laundry on site was also a great benefit. Phil the caretaker was great also and very welcoming. We would come back again if we are ever in the area.

                                                  Christmas on the Watauga

                                                  Arnold F.

                                                  As advertised! We look forward to coming back in the warm weather now.

                                                  The pictures dont do it justice. It is very clean, quiet, and a wonderful get away.

                                                  Crystal W.

                                                  Overall i had a great time. Thd property is quiet, beautifully placed with rolling hills in the front and the river in the back.....you can't go wrong . The cabin was very clean, they were finishing up as we got there. You have everything you need ....except towels so don't forget tbose..


                                                  Just as advertised. Beautiful setting. Loved having the river in our back yard.

                                                  Gary W.Arizona in the winters/Ontario in the summers.

                                                  Recommend without reservation.


                                                  Central, TN, USA

                                                  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


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                                                  26 Reviews
                                                  Wonderful 4.8/5
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