About the property
- Cabin2000 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 nights
one of a kind cabin built from old tobacco barns and timbers from sawmills
The property featured is a newly built 2,000 sq. ft. "upscale rustic" lodge. The lodge is located at the headwaters of the trophy trout section on the beautiful Watauga River. The lodge was built using mostly reclaimed wood from local tobacco barns. From the barn wood kitchen cabinets, to the tobacco flooring and siding, this lodge is truly unique. Even though we just completed the lodge this past winter, it looks as though it has been there for a hundred years. From using a whiskey barrel to hold a faucet to rusty metal ceilings, this lodge is truly one of a kind. The lodge is equipped with all modern appliances and a fully equipped kitchen. Hand made barn wood cabinets and granite counter tops makes this kitchen an inviting place to cook and enjoy family time.
Relax on our Back Deck: A guest favorite…our back deck is the place to enjoy the great outdoors while watching the river go by. You might even see someone catching a fish! Featuring a stone wood burning fireplace, an outdoor kitchen area, and teak furniture & rocking chairs – this relaxed setting is the perfect place to unwind. This section of the Watauga River is a fisherman's paradise! You can walk off the large covered back porch down to a wadable river to fish, kayak, or watch wildlife.
Located on a country road, you would think you are a long way from civilization, but travel four miles down the road and you can pick up anything you need. The lodge is fully equipped with linens and all household items. All you need to bring is personal items and food.
We have been planning this lodge for a long time & we hope you will enjoy it as much we do! We look forward to meeting you!
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- Response time:
- within one hour
- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 20, 2018
About Gary Whidden
I own a retirement mobile home park and my wife is a Biology teacher in Frostproof, Florida.
Gary Whidden purchased this Cabin in 2015
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
Beautiful river and mountain views. Close to major shopping and leisure activities.
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
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.
Beautiful inside and out!
This cabin was everything we hoped for and more. The cabin and all its amenities were top notch. The setting was gorgeous! We highly recommend this "piece of heaven" on the Watauga River!👍
wonderful weekend getaway!
Even though it rained all weekend we had great views of the river and loved hearing the rain on the tin roof. Excellent kitchen with all amenities for cooking and grilling. Especially loved the outdoor covered fireplace so we could have s’mores even in the rain. Our family would love to come back and enjoy fishing and kayaking in the river! Thank you Whidden family! Best cabin ever!!
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Property is upscale rustic and our family enjoyed it. The snow helped make the memories special.
I am so happy we found your home to stay in. We were looking for something that could give us some peace and quiet and found it right here! The cabin was simply perfect in every way. The décor was spot on and everything inside was top of the line. The outside deck was by far my favorite spot overlooking the beautiful river below. If only it was a little warmer we would have rarely been inside. We are already looking forward to coming back when the weather warms up a little but this was a perfect winter spot also. Coming from Florida we were a little unprepared for the cold but with the fireplaces and fire pit out back we had plenty to keep us warm. Thanks again and we will be back!
We had a fantastic time at your cabin. It fit our family perfect. 6 adults and one 8 year old. We fished, hiked and took in the entire Johnson City area. It was clean, had everything we needed and more and worked out great.
The pictures do not do this cabin justice. The cabin has everything you need. Even when the weather doesn't cooperate the rain sounds nice bouncing off the tin roof. The outdoor living space is every bit as nice as the inside of the cabin. Perfect.
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.