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Watauga River Cabins- Cedar Cabin

Central, TN, USA
  • Cabin2000 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms3
  • 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!

Property Manager

Gary Whidden

Member Since 2010
Response rate:
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.


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


      • 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


      • 3 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, combination tub/shower
      • Bathroom 3
        toilet, shower
      • 3 full bathrooms

      Location Type

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


            • Guests provide their own meals


                • Internet
                  High Speed internet provided by Charter Cable.
                • Air Conditioning
                • Fireplace
                  There are gas fireplaces in the living room & master bedroom. In the outdoor deck area, there is a log burning fireplace along with a fire pit for campfires. Hot dog & marsh mellow skewers provided.
                • Hair Dryer
                • Heating
                • Clothes Dryer
                  Front loading
                • Linens Provided
                • Living Room
                  Leather reclining sofa and love seat. Comfortably seats 5. Bar area seats 4.
                • Parking
                  Out front of cabin
                • Towels Provided
                • Washing Machine
                  Front loading


                    • Coffee Maker
                      Complimentary coffee, cream, and sugar.
                    • Dishes & Utensils
                      Complete set of dishes, silverware, and new pots and pans.
                    • Dishwasher
                    • Kitchen
                      New kitchen with barn wood cabinets and high end appliances.
                    • Microwave
                    • Oven
                    • Refrigerator
                      French door with bottom drawer freeze. Water and ice in the door.
                    • Stove
                    • Toaster


                        • Dining
                          Indoor dining area seats 8. Outdoor river dining seats 12 comfortably.
                        • Dining Area


                            • DVD Player
                            • Satellite / Cable
                            • Television
                              The living room area has a 60' flat screen. Each bedroom has a 32' flat screen. Direct TV is the carrier.


                                • Balcony
                                  Sleeping Porch off master bedroom.
                                • Deck / Patio
                                  Deck overlooks the Watauga River.
                                • Kayak / Canoe
                                  Great river to kayak. However, kayaks are not provided but can be rented from Watauga RIver Kayak.
                                • Outdoor Grill
                                  Gas grill, flat top grill, electric smoker


                                    • wheelchair accessible
                                      Wheel chair ramp to front entrance. Call for more details.


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

                                          Leisure Activities

                                            • photography
                                            • antiquing
                                            • boating
                                            • horseshoes
                                            • miniature golf
                                            • bird watching
                                            • 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

                                                    • mountain biking
                                                    • basketball court
                                                    • cycling
                                                    • fishing
                                                    • fly fishing
                                                    • freshwater fishing
                                                    • golf
                                                    • hiking
                                                    • hunting
                                                    • ice skating
                                                    • kayaking
                                                    • cross country skiing
                                                    • 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.

                                                          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.

                                                          21 Reviews


                                                          Latest reviews

                                                          Beautiful inside and out!

                                                          Kim L.

                                                          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!

                                                          Kristi B.

                                                          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!!

                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                          Appreciate your review

                                                          Property is upscale rustic and our family enjoyed it. The snow helped make the memories special.

                                                          Beverly M.


                                                          Perfect getaway!

                                                          pat b.

                                                          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!

                                                          Great place...

                                                          Josh H.

                                                          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.


                                                          Great Cabin

                                                          Richard V.

                                                          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.


                                                          Central, TN, USA

                                                          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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