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On a Bluff Overlooking Clear Creek, Sipsey Wilderness, Trails!

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

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 Cabin? 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 $100/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,

More Details

Maggie Johnston
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 20, 2017

About Maggie Johnston

Maggie is the Director of Educational Programs at Camp McDowell. She manages the McDowell Environmental Center and Farm School, as well as Magnolia Nature Preschool.

Mark recently retired from 26 years as the Executive Director of Camp McDowell, near Jasper, Alabama. Mark is now working towards a new goal... being the first Independent Governor of Alabama! GO to his Facebook page Mark Johnston to learn more.

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

Why Maggie Johnston chose Alabama

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

What makes this cottage unique

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!


Car: necessary

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 or cup of coffee!


Double Springs Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Garage
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • King size beds (1), Bunk Beds (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
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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average rating of 4.828125 based on 64 reviews

Beautiful home, and wonderful owners!

  • 5 of 5

We came to stay at the River Art Cabin when my family evacuated from Hurricane Irma. The owners were absolutely amazing and accommodating to anything we needed to make our uplift easier, and were very communicative when it came to suggesting local restaurants, or trails we could take to make our getaway very enjoyable. The home itself is stocked to be a home away from home for others- includes dishes in the cabinets, essential cooking utensils, washer and a dryer, and towels. The home was cleaned and each bed nicely mad for our arrival. The view was breathtaking. I loved exploring the area and getting to stand next to the creek (Definitely intend to go back and swim in it when it isn't raining!) All in all, a perfect getaway for nature lovers. I look forward to visiting again!


(Side note- Verizon Wireless users will be in a total dead zone, as I very quickly discovered.)

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were so happy to be able to offer you a safe harbor in the storm! Come again sometime when you can relax and enjoy! Maggie
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Mobile, AL

Seclusion=Peace and Tranquility

  • 5 of 5

Awesome spot. Loved disconnecting with the world and reconnecting with family. Secret beach is a little bit of a walk but so much fun.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing Romantic Getaway

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I have read many reviews and many people only focus on the negative but I can't do that. If you love a man made concrete jungle more than a natural place made by God then you need to stay somewhere else. My wife and I just celebrated our 43rd wedding anniversary and were fortunate and blessed to find this beautiful place only about two hours from our home. Our son, daughter n law and grandchildren came up Saturday for Fathers day and I had the best fathers day ever! When my son first saw Mark and Maggies getaway he called it a "Diamond in the Rough" and my son and daughter n law are booked for their 1st anniversary in july. If you are looking for a perfect place to stay good luck I am 65 and I won't find anything prefect until I am called home. I wish you luck finding any sweeter host than Mark and Maggie. trying to not get too sappy but I think I am falling hard for the River Art House and Mark and Maggie! We are planning to make this an annual event for us!

Tommy and Lorraine Dendy

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Tommy, you are so sweet. We love sharing our 'guest house' with new friends!
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could be a lot cleaner

  • 3 of 5

Both deck railing needs some support, did not feel secure. We knocked down a lot of wasp nest that was everywhere, also the carpet was very dirty looked like some spots was pee stains? We even had an uninvited guest a "scorpion" the size of a nickle, when you sit on sofa you sink up in it. Went to the private beach and it was all grown up, we walked till we couldn't go any further, no beach, also need to up date the TV and refrigerator. Beds slept good.

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Prattville, Ala.

A perfect getaway to disconnect and reconnect!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay! With no cell phones to distract us, my husband, 4 yo son, 3.5 month old son and two dogs had a blast to just hang out and enjoy each other. We spent the days on our own private "creek beach" and when my oldest and husband went to go fishing, I enjoyed sitting on the porch swing, reading a book while our littlest sat in his bouncy chair. It was so relaxing and a much needed getaway. Thank you for opening your home to us! My son is already planning his next trip to the Creek Beach House! :)

  • Submitted: May 18, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much!! I am glad you enjoyed the cabin and beach! Guess you must not have AT&T cell service... the AT&T tower is just across the creek and I get a strong signal there. But you were wise and used this as an opportunity to reconnect with your family! Maggie
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Wonderful weekend stay for our family

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful weekend stay for our family!

We love the cabin iand the property was beautiful, we really enjoyed the beach in the river, and would love to return again :-)

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
cleaning fee $85

Cleaning fee is $75 per visit.
Pet fee is additional $50 per visit.
Call if interested in a weekly or monthly rate/ 205-522-1500

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.

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