ON A BLUFF OVERLOOKING CLEAR CREEK, SIPSEY WILDERNESS, TRAILS!

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Maggie Johnston

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Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights
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ON A BLUFF OVERLOOKING CLEAR CREEK, SIPSEY WILDERNESS, TRAILS!

Lewis Smith Lake Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage,2 Bedrooms,2 Baths...with optional Bungalow separate cabin(1 BR)

Need a quiet place to unwind and relax? This farm is 600 acres of oaks, dogwoods, pines and wildflowers surrounded by the Bankhead National Forest, with no neighbors in sight!

Why do we call it the River Art House? It sits on a bluff overlooking Clear Creek, the 'River' part. It was constructed by an artist named Art Fowler, whose original art still hangs throughout the cabin. Amazing!

IF you need more than 2 bedrooms and don't mind spreading your group out a bit, we also have the Bungalow cabin on the same property. Or if you would rather rent a bit smaller, more cozy spot, you may decide to rent only the Bungalow. We rent it for $80/night, plus cleaning fee. The Bungalow is a 1 bedroom, 1 bath, living room and wonderful kitchen upstairs over the barn. It is about 100 yards from the River Art Cabin. The Bungalow has a nice deck overlooking a meadow that leads down to Clear Creek and the Secret Beach! It is a cozy and relaxing spot in and of itself. See the last few photos for what it looks like!

You may want to spend your days fishing or tubing the creek or exploring the incredible canyons of the Sipsey Wilderness. Perhaps you would enjoy mountain biking the miles of Bankhead National Forest roads near by. Love hiking and backpacking, the Sipsey has many miles of hiking trails.

Love to hunt? Check out the Bankhead National Forest! You can drive just a few miles and hunt on National Forest land.

Enjoy birdwatching? What about a night with no street lights for perfect stargazing? This is the place for you!

There is a full kitchen in both cabins, but if you'd rather not cook, hop in the car and run to Double Springs for a homecooked Italian meal at the Sapore Grill!

There are two bedrooms in the RIver Art Cabin, the Master bedroom has a king size bed and a private upstairs deck with a sliding glass door. There is a private Master bath also. The second bedroom has a bunk bed.

One of my favorite parts of the place is the Gazebo, a beautiful structure set atop a sandstone bluff overlooking a shoals of Clear Creek about 70 feet below. You can enjoy a sunset with a glass of wine sitting on the gazebo listening to the rippling creek below. Or wake up early and walk down the path to the gazebo with a hot cup of coffee.

You can stroll for miles on our dirt roads or walk down the path to Clear Creek and take a dip in the cool waters that are a tributary to Smith Lake.

Truly remote. This cottage is at the end of the road... literally! You will drive down a small country road for about 4 miles and when the road ends... you are home!

Keywords: Cottage, cabin, gazebo, creek side, tubing, Bankhead National Forest, Sipsey Wilderness Area, birding, Smith Lake, Camp McDowell, hunting, fishing,

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Suitability:
  • pets considered
  • children welcome

Maggie Johnston

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Maggie is the Director of McDowell Environmental Center. Mark is the Executive Director of Camp McDowell, near Jasper, Alabama. They are proud of the work they do to protect and educate people about the natural world around us.

Maggie Johnston purchased this cottage in 2011

We bought this place for the pure joy of owning a remote piece of Nature on the banks of Clear Creek!

There is nothing quite like communing with nature in a beautiful place near a moving stream. You will find it valuable to spend some quiet time just sitting on the porch or gazebo and listening to nature!

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Contact the owner directly to confirm reservation details and pay with an approved method (credit card, check, or bank transfer), to protect your payment up to $1,000.
Add vacation protection services to your booking
Three services to protect your trip:
Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.
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On a Bluff Overlooking Clear Creek, Sipsey Wilderness, Trails!
average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews
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On a Bluff Overlooking Clear Creek, Sipsey Wilderness, Trails!
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(205) 522-1500
Lewis Smith Lake Alabama Mountains
5

Spacious Quarters, Beautiful Setting

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
The gazebo overlooking Clear Creek and the "secret beach" were favorites of our family. Our 5-year-old and our English Bull Terrier loved exploring this beautiful property, and the cabin was open and comfortable, with plenty of amenities for cooking.
Owner's Response: Glad you had fun! I love the gazebo, also!
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On a Bluff Overlooking Clear Creek, Sipsey Wilderness, Trails!
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Lewis Smith Lake Alabama Mountains
Southaven,ms
5

Peaceful Creekside Retreat

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
The house and property were all one could hope for in a getaway. The house was spotless and the King-sized bed very comfortable with high quality sheets. The property had pleasant surprises every way you turned and some surprises went beyond pleasant and into breath-taking like the Secret Beach. My husband loved the view from the top deck. He spent 45 minutes with the kids pointing out constellations and woke me at 3am after the moon had set to get me to look at the Milky Way. We went on a day trip to Dismals Canyon which was announced the best hike ever. Next time, we will come in the Summer with more time to use and try the Bear Creek canoeing and maybe a Wilderness trail.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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On a Bluff Overlooking Clear Creek, Sipsey Wilderness, Trails!
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(205) 522-1500
Lewis Smith Lake Alabama Mountains
Russellville, Alabama
5

Steve and Shelia

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
The cabin is beautiful. The private beach was very peaceful and nice. The cabin was decorated very nice. The cabin was clean and just as described in the listing. We spent our 37 year wedding anniversary there and enjoyed it very much.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Romantic Getaway
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On a Bluff Overlooking Clear Creek, Sipsey Wilderness, Trails!
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(205) 522-1500
Lewis Smith Lake Alabama Mountains
5

Lovely Everything

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
The owners, the house, the surroundings... all picture perfect. The owner, Maggie, is a gem. She was waiting for us at the house because we arrived in the dark. And since it's quite remote, she went there to turn on the lights and made sure we would find it. The house is great, neat and clean, and really has everything one needs. A big and fully equipped kitchen, TV and DVD's, books and games, a gorgeous fireplace for when it's cold, comfortable furniture, covered patio and deck, a fully stocked laundry room with washer and dryer, a balcony from the large master bedroom. The pictures just don't do it justice. My husband, our Airedale terrier and I had a wonderful time. We fished in the creek, our dog ran around on the property, along the secret beach, in and out of the water, and on the trails like he was in paradise. I'm sure it seemed like that to him, he had a blast! This place is definitely one to remember and keep on the list to visit again. Warm regards and a paw from Louisiana :-)
Owner's Response: Awww... you are so sweet! Thank you for all your lovely comments. It is a pleasure to host great folks like you. I know how tough it can be to find a remote country location in the dark, so try to leave the light on for you when we can... and believe me... we are much better than "Motel 6!" It is also a pleasure to have well behaved pets able to join their family vacation. Come again soon.
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On a Bluff Overlooking Clear Creek, Sipsey Wilderness, Trails!
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Lewis Smith Lake Alabama Mountains
Bankston, Al.
5

Perfect weekend get away!!!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
From the time I turned into the drive way I knew this was going to be the perfect weekend get a way. The house is so beaufiful yet I felt right at home. Grand kids loved the secret beach and would have spent all their time there if we had not planned pther things to do. All the kids got so exicited about finding the perfect rock to sign and leave in the window. Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful place with us. I plan to return in the near future.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: You are so sweet! I love the tradition that has begun of writing your name on a rock. Such a cool way to connect to this wonderful place. And I see where you are going to try our other Vacation Cabin in Waldo... Talladega area... http://www.vrbo.com/297356
Thanks and come again soon!
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Tubing on Clear Creek, miles of walking or mountain biking trails, hiking and backpacking in the famous Sipsey Wilderness Area, sitting in the gazebo overlooking the shoals of Clear Creek with a glass of wine!

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Availability & Rates

Lewis Smith Lake Cottage Rental Rates

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Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50.00
Notes Cleaning fee is $75 per visit.
Pet fee is additional $50 per visit.
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Cancellation Policy

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Amenities

Lewis Smith Lake Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Location Type:
  • Waterfront
General:
  • Covered Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Parking Off Street
  • Washing Machine
  • Garage
  • Air Conditioning
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
Kitchen:
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • King size beds (1), Bunk Beds (1)
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • CD Player
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Gazebo
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
Suitability:
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Attractions:
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • boating
  • wildlife viewing
  • sledding
  • sight seeing
  • antiquing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • kayaking
  • cycling
  • hunting
  • fishing
Notes:
600+ acres of property with 3/4 mile of Clear Creek frontage and creek access. Tubing on Clear Creek, miles of walking or mountain biking trails, hiking and backpacking in the famous Sipsey Wilderness Area, sitting in the gazebo overlooking the shoals of Clear Creek with a glass of wine!
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