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Wild & Scenic Wilson Creek: Trout, Kayaks, Waterfalls & More! Midweek Special!

Collettsville, NC, USA
  • Cottage
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps10
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 nights

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, Sleeps 7 comfortably (10 max)

Ask us about our midweek special for stays of 7 nights that begin and end on Tuesdays or Wednesdays (excluding holiday weeks)!

Craig Creek Cottage is a great location for adventure enthusiasts and serenity lovers, alike. It's located on a rhododendron-lined mountain stream in the Wilson Creek Section of the Pisgah National Forest (Grandfather Ranger District). A five minute walk takes you to Craig Creek's confluence with Wilson Creek. Wilson Creek is a National Wild and Scenic River, and is spectacular all year round!

There is plenty to do here. There are mountain biking trails, hiking trails, waterfalls to view, Class III-V whitewater kayaking, and the Brown Mountain Off Highway Vehicle Area. You can fish for either wild or stocked trout and hunt according to the season. The wildlife viewing is fabulous with wild turkey and many other species of birds to see. Dragonfly and butterfly enthusiasts will find many varieties to chase. Of course, there are white-tail deer in the area, and if you're lucky you may even spot a fox or a black bear or the occasional coyote!

In the summer it's a great place to swim, canoe and do some lazy tubing.

The spring wildflowers and the autumn leaves are gorgeous.

In the winter (if you don't mind about an hour's drive) you can add a day at the slopes to your outdoor activities since it's only about 35 miles to Sugar Mountain or Appalachian Ski Mountain resorts.

On days you prefer to relax, just rock on the front porch while you chat, play games or read by the woodstove, or roast marshmallows over the portable fire pit outside.

Depending upon your length of stay, you may want to check out other attractions within driving distance of Craig Creek Cottage:

- On the nearby Blue Ridge Parkway you'll find the Brown Mountain Overlook where you can try to glimpse the mysterious Brown Mountain Lights.

-You'll find other premiere natural destinations such as Linville Falls and Linville Caverns nearby, too.

If you just can't stay away from civilization, North Carolina cities such as Lenoir, Morganton, Hickory, Blowing Rock, and Boone are a half hour to an hour's driving distance, where you'll be able to find just about anything you want. For groceries and supplies, Lenoir is closest, and there are theaters and/or restaurants no matter which of these destinations you choose. There are wonderful boutiques in Blowing Rock, as well as an outlet mall-- Tanger Shoppes on the Parkway.

Looking for additional entertainment for the kids?

For a change of pace try the lovely children's playground called Martha's Park-- complete with outdoor play fountain--in Morganton.

If that isn't exciting enough, how about Tweetsie Railroad?

At nearby Grandfather Mountain you'll find the the Mile High Swinging Bridge and the summer Highland Games, as well as black bears, river otters, cougars, eagles, and white tail deer in the park's Wildlife Habitats.

This cozy family getaway has knotty pine paneling and hardwood floors.

With three bedrooms and two bathrooms, Craig Creek Cottage allows plenty of room for parties of 2-6 to spread out.

With the queen size futon in the living room and the twin sleeper in the sunroom, this cabin can technically sleep as many as 10 (though that might feel a bit tight!)

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Amy Williamson

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About Amy Williamson

We like to be outdoors no matter the season. Ethan loves to go whitewater kayaking while I, as an avid bird watcher, can often be found staring into the trees with my binoculars!

Amy Williamson purchased this Cottage in 2006

Why Amy Williamson chose Wilson Creek

Ethan fell in love with Wilson Creek on a kayaking trip many years ago. When we were ready to look for a vacation cabin in the mountains, he made a beeline for the area! There were not many places for sale, so we felt very fortunate to find our dear little cottage. Since we love forests and mountain streams, Craig Creek Cottage is ideal for us, and during our stays we kayak, bird, hike, bike, canoe, swim and explore to our hearts' content. We think that the Wilson Creek section of the Pisgah National Forest is one of North Carolina's most delightful secrets. If you enjoy nature, you'll probably think so, too!

What makes this Cottage unique

We can listen to the gurgle of Craig Creek from the porch or go sit in our porch swing on its bank. 'Secret' stone steps take us down to the stream for wading, fishing and playing. In addition, it is a mere 5 minute walk to the confluence with Wilson Creek (designated a National Wild and Scenic River). On the other hand, it is only a 15-mile drive from Craig Creek Cottage up to the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the forest road that takes us there is, itself, gorgeous! As a result, we feel like we're ideally situated to enjoy all that this area of the Pisgah National Forest and the Blue Ridge Mountains have to offer. In the winter we often spend time on the slopes nearby. About an hour away, it is easy for us to throw our gear in the car and head up for the day. We've also enjoyed exploring nearby civilization. In one direction there are Lenoir, Hickory, and Morganton, while in the other direction you'll find Grandfather Mountain, and beautiful Blowing Rock (complete with the Tweetsie Railroad). I discovered a restaurant I love in Boone--Wild Craft Eatery. We like too explore farther afield on the Parkway, too, and enjoy visiting Altapass Orchard, Mt. Mitchell, Spruce Pine and Little Switzerland! We head out for the day, have a wonderful time, and then return home to our cozy cottage!


    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Kids Welcome
    • Parking
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
        • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (2)


        • 2 Bathrooms

            Location Type

              • Mountain View
              • Waterfront
                Listen to the gurgle of Craig Creek as you rock on the front porch or relax and enjoy a beverage on the creekside swing!


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Air Conditioning
                      • Heating
                        Heat pump
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Parking Off Street
                      • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Wood Stove


                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Cooking Utensils
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                          • Ice Maker
                          • Kitchen
                          • Microwave
                          • Oven
                          • Refrigerator
                          • Stove
                          • Toaster


                              • Dining Area


                                  • Books
                                    A small paperback library.
                                  • Games
                                    A few board games


                                      • Deck / Patio
                                      • Outdoor Grill


                                          • cinemas
                                          • theme parks
                                          • zoo

                                            Leisure Activities

                                              • antiquing
                                              • bird watching
                                              • outlet shopping
                                              • scenic drives
                                              • shopping
                                              • sight seeing
                                              • sledding
                                              • walking
                                              • wildlife viewing

                                                Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                  • kayaking
                                                  • cycling
                                                  • fly fishing
                                                  • freshwater fishing
                                                  • hiking
                                                  • hunting
                                                  • fishing
                                                  • mountain biking
                                                  • mountaineering
                                                  • skiing
                                                  • snowboarding
                                                  • swimming
                                                  • water tubing


                                                      • Please be aware that a visit to Craig Creek Cottage is an opportunity to be unplugged and enjoy the great outdoors! In order to keep prices down, the cottage does not provide internet service or cable/satellite TV. There is no landline and your cellphone will not work in the river valley! If you occasionally want to check your email or make a call on your smart phone, just make a quick trip up our road to the ridge top trailhead parking where, if you stand in just the right spot, your smart phone will work! ;-) It may depend upon your cell phone company whether you will get service there, but that's where we make calls and send/receive email on our smart phones if we absolutely have to! If you have an emergency, the caretaker is next door. We do provide some paperbacks and some board games. And most of all, we provide an absolutely gorgeous outdoor environment!

                                                        House Rules

                                                        Check-in: 2:00 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.

                                                        22 Reviews


                                                        Latest reviews

                                                        Nice rural cabin

                                                        Janet R.

                                                        The cabin was much nicer inside and out than I was expecting. It is a refurbished old cabin in a rural setting and is on a gravel road. The road was well maintained during our stay. It had no potholes, but you do need to travel slowly. The area is beautiful and the river wider than we were expecting. Great trout stream when stocked. There is hiking nearby which we did not get a chance to explore. Wonderful place to relax and sit on the front porch. I would recommend. The cost increases due to the high cleaning fee and damage deposit. So consider that in your decision process. We received our deposit back 17 days after we checked out.

                                                        Best relaxing vacation yet.

                                                        Wesley H.

                                                        The cottage was very nice with all the amenities you need for a great stay. Loved sitting out on the front porch drinking coffee and watching the hummingbird come to the feeders. No internet, no phones, no problem just get a good book and kick back and enjoy the piece and quiet.

                                                        A true getaway and perfect for our family


                                                        This property was ideal for our vacation. The house was very comfortable for our family of 4 adults and one child with its three bedrooms, two baths and two very comfortable living rooms. The kitchen was great for family meals and for playing games. And the front porch with its rocking chairs was a great place to sit and enjoy the peaceful outdoors with the gentle sounds of the creek. Wilson Creek was beautiful and even though it was July and a weekend, there were no crowds of people... we were able to enjoy nature on our own. We thoroughly enjoyed the property and the location.

                                                        Great trout fishing get-a-way!

                                                        paul o.

                                                        So, I was having trout fishing withdrawals and Wilson Creek was calling to me. Found Craig Creek Cottage kind of last minute but Amy was very quick to respond to my request and was great to work with. My son from Charlotte joined me Friday and we had two beautiful days of fishing on what is one of NC's most gorgeous small rivers. The cabin offered everything we needed. Clean, comfortable accommodations, a grill, a nice front porch to sit on to enjoy the sounds of the creek rippling by, and, most importantly a wine bottle opener and some beautiful Ball wine jars, er, I mean wine glasses.

                                                        For the trout fishermen, the cabin is just a few minutes drive from the start of the Delayed Harvest section of the stream. From there you can work upstream for a couple of miles. We had great luck on heavily weighted wooly buggers and this nymph...


                                                        I'll be back!!!

                                                        Nice location

                                                        Barbara H.Crestwood KY

                                                        Spent a long weekend here. House is clean and nice. Right on the creek and close to the river great place for walking. If you are looking to stay in touch with the outside world this is not the place for you as cell service is tough to come by. Beautiful area. Owner was great to work with.

                                                        Great home base by the creek

                                                        J.S.Charlotte, NC

                                                        The cottage was an ideal spot for our reunion of a few friends from college. It's surrounded by wonderful hiking and fishing. It was nice to relax and tell stories by the fire at the end of active days. Loved it.


                                                        Collettsville, NC, USA

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