Cabin, 2 Bedroom , 2 Bath + Catnapper Couch, Sleeps 5
About Gary Whidden
I own a retirement mobile home park in Florida. My wife is a Biology teacher.
Gary Whidden purchased this Cabin in 2004
Why Gary Whidden chose Johnson City
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
Located on the Watauga River Trophy Trout Section, between Johnson City and Elizabethton, TN.
Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Well behaved, non aggressive dogs are welcome.
Minimum age of primary renter:25
Max guests:4 (sleeps up to 4 adults)
All dogs must be on flea control. Limited 2 dogs per cabin. Sorry, no cats.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Our favorite place to stay in the area
The cabins are so beautiful and very comfortable. Right on the river, out of town just far enough to be quiet but you can be back in the city in just a few minutes. Gary is a super host providing everything you need except food.
So glad you enjoyed your stay!
Nice weekend getaway
We came up for the weekend to go on a guided fishing trip. The property was lovely. It was so nice it was dog friendly. Had a great stay!
The cabin was romantic and was perfect for us. We got to fish and even met another couple from Florida. We have campfire and guitar playing and we will be back.
So glad you enjoyed your stay!
Enjoyed our stay. Hope to be there next year.
We really enjoyed our stay and when we are in the area again will definitely stay here again. The view from the patio was amazing and the river was breathtaking. The owner was easy to work with.
Deluxe river cabins
Fabulous location on the banks of the Watauga River. Nice unit for a family stay. Grill, outside eating, washer dryer....lots of amenities.
Only negative is harsh overhead lighting in the cabin..
Located on the beautiful Watauga River.
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.