Destination guide

Butler: the town that wouldn't drown

Butler might be small, but it stands on one of Tennessee's most beautiful communities, surrounded by Watauga Lake and a leg of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. It might not have all that much in the way of attractions, but that doesn't stop outdoorsy types packing up their walking boots, bagging Butler vacation rentals and using the town as a base to explore the astonishingly beautiful nearby nature. It's most famously known as the "town that wouldn't drown", after all the residents were moved from the original location when it was submerged in flood water.

Things to do

Discover the history of Butler

The biggest attraction in town and the best way to discover the area's past is at the Butler Museum, which chronicles the history from the native Indians through to the Civil War. However, most come to view artifacts and hear stories from Old Butler, the original location which now resides at the bottom of Watauga Lake. If you visit at the right time, you can join Old Butler Days, which celebrates the original community through live music, Southern food and historical talks. The Watauga Lake Winery is also a fascinating place to learn about the production of Tennessee wine and take part in tastings.


Myriad outdoorsy adventures in Butler

One of Butler's biggest draws is a section of the mighty 2,167-mile Appalachian National Scenic Trail which runs past the town. It might only be a tiny leg of the trail, but it's an impressive, challenging and stunningly beautiful part nonetheless. Many of the other outdoor activities near the Butler vacation rentals are centered around the Watauga Lake. Splashing around in the waters during the sizzling midday summer heat is a great way to cool off, but for something a little more exciting, there are several waterfront outfits offering water sport rentals, including kayaks and sail boats, along with fishing equipment.


Summer sun is best for Butler's great outdoors

If you're looking to delve into the nature near your Butler vacation rental, and you probably are, your best bet is visiting between April and September, when the warmest weather hits the town and trails. In early spring, it's decidedly chillier, but if you wrap up warm, you can still get stuck into the outdoor activities, bar swimming. Later in fall, the forests around Butler burst into color and with less travelers coming into town, you can score some serious bargains on rentals. December to February turns the whole countryside into a winter wonderland, with a whole new host of snowy adventures.

Natural features

Cherokee National Forest on your doorstep in Butler

You've got the vast Cherokee National Forest leading away from the doorstep of your Butler vacation rental. This isolated wilderness is home to some fascinating critters. While you won't want to get up close to black bears, spotting one in the distance is the highlight for many. Other than these ambling beasts, you can often catch a glimpse of otters playing in the rivers, woodchucks rustling around on the forest floor and white-tailed deer darting through the trees. Birdwatchers aren't left out and can view some magnificent avifauna, including eagles, hawks and peregrine falcons.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Butler

Fly into Abingdon, VA (VJI-Virginia Highlands), the closest airport, located 24.5 mi (39.5 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could also fly into Tri-Cities, TN (TRI-Tri-Cities Regional), which is 26.1 mi (42 km) away.

How many vacation rentals are available around Butler, TN?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 705 vacation rentals around Butler. From 225 house rentals to 161 condo and apartment rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Butler?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Butler:

  • Charter Hills: 199 vacation rentals
  • Mill Ridge: 74 vacation rentals
  • Linville Ridge: 312 vacation rentals
  • Southcrest: 175 vacation rentals
  • Panorama Estates: 20 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular point of interests near where I can stay when traveling to Butler?

Vrbo offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Butler. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Watauga Lake Winery: 2,152 vacation rentals
  • Virginia Creeper Trail: 399 vacation rentals
  • Sugar Mountain Resort: 2,011 vacation rentals
  • The Blowing Rock: 2,462 vacation rentals
  • Bristol Motor Speedway: 281 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Butler listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Butler?

Yes, of course. Vrbo has 225 Houses in Butler. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Butler include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 161 rentals available
  • Cabins: 217 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 217 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Chalets and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Butler?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 182 vacation rentals with pool available in Butler. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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