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Watauga River Magic - located directly on the bend of the Watauga River

Central, TN, USA
  • Cabin2200 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay3 nights

2 Bedroom, 2 Bath, plus loft (sleep 6) with downriver views of the Watauga River

The view is pure magic! Just 20 minutes from Bristol and the TriCities Regional Airport. With 2 bedrooms, a loft, and 2.5 bathrooms - the cabin has been thoughtfully positioned to achieve a downriver view of the Watauga River. The view is visible from the front doors to the massive 16 foot stretch of sliding glass back doors. The house is tastefully furnished in an upscale mountain house fashion with custom log and stone accents throughout the interior and exterior of the home. The kitchen features granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and a huge island that seats 4, plus another 6 at the dining room table. This home follows the open concept plan with kitchen, living, and dining open to one another all with comfortable well maintained furnishings. The master bedroom suite is also located downstairs with king-size bed, walk-in closet and full master bath with both jacuzzi and walk-in shower. The upstairs features a large loft living room with 2nd bedroom with adjoining 3 piece bathroom and a small office tucked away in the back of the loft when you just need to get a little work done. There is a sofa bed in the loft as well as 2 power home theater chairs. There is a large projector screen but you would need to bring your own portable projector. There is a 42" TV in the loft and a 46" TV in the Living Room both equipped with DirecTV service. The large 40' x 16' porch is equipped with rocking chairs, outdoor dining table and chairs and a hammock plus the incredible view of the river. Watch the fly fisherman and kayakers navigate their way over the shoals. There is a walkway to the river plus a room size flat rock to fish from on this beautiful trophy section of the river. This cabin serves the guest looking for a more quiet retreat. This house is not recommended for children or pets due to the depth and swiftness of the river at this location. This cabin is within walking distance of the Watauga River Cabins and directly across the river from the Watauga River Lodge and Outfitter. The caretaker lives on the property and will verify number and ages of guests for safety concerns as well as the terms of the rental agreement. Free wifi is provided. The cabin is located about 5 miles from I-26 off the HIghway 91 exit. The cabin rests halfway between Johnson City and Elizabethton in the Central Community.


Linda Davis

Member Since 2016
Response rate:
Response time:
within one hour
Calendar last updated:
Apr 17, 2018
About Linda Davis

We are citrus growers and I am also a college professor who enjoys our occasional stint to come up here and cool off from our hot Florida summers. We also really enjoy the leaf season, and Christmas when it chooses to snow.

Linda Davis purchased this Cabin in 2006

Why Linda Davis chose Central

This unique property has been in the Smalling/Davis family for over 150 years. Our great-grandfather had a sand mine operation (rare for the mountains) in the area and used some of those funds to invest in Florida Orange Groves back in the 1920's. Several generations later, we sold a small bit of our groves in Florida to build this cabin for our future retirement house. We love Florida but we really love Tennessee and this special place on the river. We hope you enjoy it and treasure it as much as we do.

What makes this Cabin unique

From a fly fisherman's perspective - you can walk down the walkway to a huge flat rock - almost 20 ft. in length (room size) that creates the perfect perch in which to fly fish from plus the river is tremendously calming. If you are not a fisherman - just know that sitting on the porch is a fine hobby and you will be so content to watch the river go by.


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


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
      • Master Suite
        1 king, 1st flr - Large Master Suite connects directly to large bath
      • Mini Master
        1 queen, 2nd floor - connects directly to upstairs 3 piece bath
      • Bedroom 3
        1 sleep sofa /futon, This is an open loft living room at the top of the stairs


        • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
        • Powder Room
          toilet, hammered copper sink and toilet located under the stairway
        • Master Bath
          toilet, shower, jetted tub, double vanities, laundry, and large walk-in closet also
        • Mini master bath
          toilet, shower, single vanity that connects directly to the 2nd bed and loft

          Location Type

            • Waterfront
              The cabin sits directly on the Watauga River within the Trophy Section and is very near Watauga River Cabins and across the river from the Watauga Lodge and Outfitter (fly fishing school)


                • Adventure
                • Away From It All
                • Romantic
                • Sports & Activities


                    • Guests provide their own meals


                        • Linens Provided
                          linens provided for king and queen beds
                        • Air Conditioning
                          central electric air
                        • Fireplace
                          wood burning stone fireplace
                        • Hair Dryer
                        • Heating
                          central electric heat
                        • Internet
                          DSL with wifi
                        • Iron & Board
                        • Clothes Dryer
                        • Living Room
                          large vaulted ceilings
                        • Parking
                          covered parking under the porte cochere
                        • Telephone
                        • Towels Provided
                        • Washing Machine
                        • Free Wifi


                            • Coffee Maker
                              coffee maker
                            • Dishes & Utensils
                            • Dishwasher
                            • Kitchen
                              stainless steel appliances to include double door fridge with bottom freezer and ice, dishwasher, garbage disposer, convection oven with glass top cooking surface, microwave, coffee maker.
                            • Microwave
                              cabinet mounted microwave
                            • Pantry Items
                              Guests are welcome to use pantry items.
                            • Refrigerator
                              double door with bottom freezer with ice
                            • Stove
                              5 burner electric glass topped single convection oven
                            • Toaster
                              toaster oven


                                • Dining
                                  dining area has 6 chairs and kitchen island has 4 chairs
                                • Dining Area
                                • comfy seating for 6 people


                                    • DVD Player
                                      DVD player in mini master and DVD player in living room
                                    • Satellite / Cable
                                    • Television
                                      2 TV's in living room and loft area with directv programming. Mini master has TV with DVD player only.


                                        • Deck / Patio
                                          40 x 16 covered deck with fantastic downriver views
                                        • Outdoor Grill
                                          charcoal grill near firepit area


                                            • not suitable for children
                                              Due to the depth and swiftness of the river
                                            • wheelchair inaccessible


                                                • churches
                                                • cinemas
                                                • live theater
                                                • restaurants
                                                • water parks

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • antiquing
                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • photography
                                                    • shopping
                                                    • sight seeing
                                                    • walking
                                                    • wildlife viewing

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • ATM/bank
                                                        • fitness center
                                                        • groceries
                                                        • hospital
                                                        • medical services

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • fishing
                                                            • fly fishing
                                                            • freshwater fishing
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • kayaking
                                                            • mountain biking
                                                            • rafting
                                                            • water tubing
                                                            • whitewater rafting


                                                                • This cabin is located directly on the trophy section of the Watauga River.

                                                                  House Rules

                                                                  Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                                  Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                                  100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                  15 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  AMAZING VACATION PROPERTY!!

                                                                  CHERRYL S.

                                                                  Our family spent the week of Thanksgiving 2017 at the cabin. What a beautiful place!. The cabin was well equipped with pretty much everything you would need. Just like being home. The kitchen was a pleasure to be in, even on vacation. The proximity to shopping & restaurants in town was great, once you got to know which way to get in and out of the property. Going straight after leaving the driveway was definitely the best was for us. I would highly recommend this property. We are even planning a trip back in 2018!

                                                                  Splendid bliss... October 13 - 16, 2017

                                                                  Taesha C.Columbia, SC

                                                                  My family as well as myself thoroughly enjoyed our stay here!! My fiancé and I arrived first, toured the place and simply fell in love. My fiancé’s cousin and wife arrived a short time later and had the same experience. Everything was so peaceful and serene. The view was amazing and the Watauga River was breathtaking! The kitchen had all of the utensils and appliances that we needed.We were able to relax, which is what we wanted. The cabin was very comfortable and cozy. Linda Davis is a jewel to work with! Phil (groundskeeper) was very helpful and kind...he provided us with wood for the fireplace. If you are looking for the perfect getaway, look no further. We did not want to leave!! We will definitely stay here again.

                                                                  Taesha Copeland

                                                                  Beautiful and comfortable house in a serene and beautiful setting.

                                                                  Bob F.

                                                                  The house is beautiful and quiet. The back porch overlooking the river was our favorite gathering spot. The owner is very responsive to emails or texts and is pleasant. We were very comfortable and will stay there again next year without hesitation.

                                                                  amazing river "cabin"

                                                                  brad l.

                                                                  this place was great! beautiful inside and out, enjoyed relaxing in the cabin (more like a real home) and fishing at the river located right below. Went into town and had a great meal at Tupelo Honey, and enjoyed walking down main street. plenty of shopping within 10 minutes to get whatever you need to eat at the cabin. did a rafting trip on the Watauga, just upriver a short 15 minutes away. great weekend with the family!


                                                                  Summer D.

                                                                  When we walked in, it was truly like I was walking into my own home! Linda was always accommodating and helpful with any questions that we had. The home, the property, the location...... everything, could not have been more perfect! Thank you for sharing your little piece of heaven with us! We will definitely be back!!!!

                                                                  Amazing Retreat

                                                                  Deborah P.

                                                                  Our family thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The house was clean and the management was prompt and polite. Everything we needed was provided. The river was cold yet refreshing! Our family LOVED hanging out on the back porch and sitting around the fire. I would definitely stay again! Beautiful inside and out.


                                                                  Central, TN, USA

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                                                                  15 Reviews
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