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Watauga River Cabins- Cedar Cabin

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

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!

More Details

Property Manager
Gary Whidden
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 18, 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.


Central Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Dogs must be on flea control. Limit 2 dogs per cabin. Sorry, no cats.
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 full bathrooms
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • King in master Super twin 2nd bedroom Queen in 3rd bedroom
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
There is a lower level suite that can be rented along with the Cedar Cabin if more room is needed. The suite is 1,000 sq. feet and has one queen bedroom, full bath, washer & dryer. There is an additional charge of $100.00 per night plus a one time cleaning fee of $40.00.


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Watauga River Cabins- Cedar Cabin
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 18 reviews

Perfect getaway!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place...

  • 5 of 5

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.

Thank you.


  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Cabin

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cedar Cabin was a great place for our fishing trip. First class accommodations.

  • 5 of 5

Used the fire pit every night, kitchen is great for fixing meals for our six, bedrooms, are comfortable and spacious and bathrooms are well done, too great visit.

  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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  • 5 of 5

This place was great. I'm a kitchen user. I took things that I fully expected not to be provided...and was mistaken. We were able to get through three days' meals with everything we needed sans the groceries. We cooked in the kitchen and on the grill. Culinary tools aside, the place was great. Fabulous covered porch with fireplace big enough for chilling, dining, and entertaining. The 3 bedrooms were great. The 3rd has two twin beds, so unless you're bunking up in bed, you have 4 beds. There is the downstairs option which we didn't see inside, so I can't say what it'll accommodate. Wifi was great. If I HAVE to come up with an issue, it would be the water pressure is on the light side. Wow. How pitiful to have to pull that up. I have a larger team now or it would be a definite repeat for work use. Maybe additional cabins on site will help.

Thanks, Gary et al!

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful cabin!

  • 4 of 5

First class cabin that we thoroughly enjoyed! All the amenities are great. Only reason for not giving 5 stars is an odor downstairs in the Pine room.

Will stay here again!

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Tri Cities
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Johnson City
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
Sugar Mountain
Car: necessary

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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 14.75%

Manager'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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