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Forests, Creeks, Trails and getting away from it all! Your dream come true!

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


Minimum Stay
2 - 3 nights

About the property

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms + Den, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 7-8)

Need a place to unwind and relax? Triple Creek Farm is on the banks of Talladega Creek overlooking the historic Waldo Covered Bridge and old grist mill. Gold used to be mined in the local area and many modern day prospectors come from far and wide to pan Talladega Creek for gold. The farm is 20 acres of oaks, dogwoods, pines and wildflowers surrounded by the Talladega National Forest, with no neighbors in sight! It is nestled in the foothills of the Appalachians at the base of Cheaha Mountain.

You may want to spend your days fishing or tubing the creek or exploring the incredible spring display of wildflowers such as trillium, wild geranium and red buckeye. Perhaps you would enjoy mountain biking the miles of Talladega National Forest roads or the Chief Ladiga Rail Trial near by. Love hiking and backpacking, the Pinhoti Trail, the longest trail in Alabama, is just 2 miles away. Maybe you are a road biker and want to climb from Waldo up to the highest point in Alabama, Mt Cheaha. You can ride your bike out of the Triple Creek Farm drive way and do this.

Just a few miles away is Desoto Caverns Park, where you can explore a deep underground cave, and spend the day enjoying their many family fun activities.

Waldo is just outside the Talladega city limits. Talladega is home to the historic Ritz Theater and the annual April in Talladega pilgrimage of homes. So much fun to choose from... but, perhaps you just look forward to relaxing on the big front screened porch watching birds at the feeder and the lazy creek roll by.

Then, of course, if you are a Nascar fan... Waldo is just down the road (about 20 miles) from the Talladega Superspeedway! Planning to come to Dega to drive a race car on the fastest track in all the land? After a fast paced day of racing, come stay in the country and relax!

There is a full kitchen, but if you'd rather not cook, hop in the car and run to Talladega, 6 miles or Oxford, 20 miles, for a selections of restaurants, shops and movie theaters.

Feel free to contact Maggie for more information. She spent over 20 years exploring the mountains on foot, by bike and on horseback! You will find maps of the area and lots of information on things to do, when you arrive at the cottage.

Keywords: Cottage, Farmhouse, Waldo, Covered Bridge, Cabin, Cheaha, Pinhoti Trail,Trail, Chief Ladiga Rail to Trail, Caverns, Talladega, Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega Race Track,

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Maggie Johnston
Member since: 2010
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 January, 2017

About Maggie Johnston

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 1988

Why Maggie Johnston chose Alabama

Maggie lived at the Triple Creek Farm in Waldo for over 16 years while teaching science at the Alabama School for the Deaf. She raised goats, horses, chickens and bees. There is still a beautiful garden spot near the covered bridge being managed by a thoughtful neighbor. Maggie still loves this place!

What makes this cottage unique

There is nothing quite like communing with nature in a beautiful place near a moving stream. Even if you are visiting for a special event like the Talladega Race or to do day hiking along the Pinhoti Trail, you will find it valuable to spend some quiet time just sitting on the porch and listening to nature!

Guestbook comments from the owner

"we are in Blue Ridge in a cabin and I and the others had just said how much we miss the house at Waldo! We loved it.... we are coming back."
Jun 2010
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Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(46 traveller reviews)

Forests, Creeks, Trails and getting away from it all! Your dream come true!
average rating of 4.7391305 based on 47 reviews

Amazing cabin and property

  • 5 of 5

Maggie's Waldo cabin is wonderful! My family, including the dogs, thoroughly enjoyed our stay, and we can't wait to return. The house is spacious and homey, and the property is just amazing. We explored and hiked for miles, and the dogs even went frolicking and swimming in the creek. It was an absolutely fantastic Christmas family getaway! Thank you, Maggie for sharing your property with us.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxed, Adventurous, Get Away.

  • 4 of 5

Honestly I should have rated it five stars but it had some down sides to it, don't get me wrong it was lovely and would love to live there. I will return. I planned the trip plenty ahead of time did all my homework, seen everything I could cram into a week, still did not get it all done. Mother nature at its best, exploring the woods, fishing, which if you head up stream about a mile or so the bream much bigger, canoeing was a complete blast, take note I was there at the end of the drought and after a few heavy rains the water rises fast. Dropped canoes off about 15 miles by road upstream, one way ride south, what a blast, plenty of obstacles to over come, few little water falls, plenty of rapids. Saw some amazing views on this adventure. 3 out of the 4 of us never been canoeing, I am proud they come out pro's. 20 minutes by car, 5 hrs by canoe right back to the property. U can also head south in the water for a shorter 2-3 hr trip, take out at an old steel bridge, with a newer bridge beside it. All worth a look, just keep in mind lots of rocks in the water, better to go after a hard rain or in the spring. We also did a lot of hiking, exploring, seeing sites you will never get from the city, maybe on T.V but there is no comparison to being there. The lake behind the house is a gem to see, float across and fish. There is a pic of it on here but nothing like being there. It is a nice 30 minute hike to it, or about 15 minutes to drive, [rough terrain for car]. How many parents can say they lost their 20-24 year old children in the woods all day, from a life on the go, cell phones, Xboxes, etc. to walking back up the trail by the barn at dusk, happy, smiling, carrying their finds of odd sticks n rocks. I can only say go see for your self, well worth every penny. I am grateful for the owners to share what they have. As far as peace n quite, lovely, and the train only made it more exciting. The couple down sides, Restaurant is closed, should be mentioned or I missed that somehow. Also to get to the mump lake you have to trespass. In my case I planned to fish and canoe around in it, with that comes a 50.00 fee from the Talladega water department to get the key to the gate to get there. The sad part comes, when you realize check out is sneaking upon you and you have to go, awe just one more day you think in your head. I shall return, sooner the better. Highly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your adventures. Sure would have been nice of your to give us a 5 star, since you loved it so much. From reading your review, I'm not sure of anything we could do to make it better. Just for the sake of safety, Talladega Creek is NOT a beginner level creek. It is class 3 whitewater upstream from the put in back to the cabin...when the water level is up enough to run it. The stretch below the cabin at Waldo down to the old metal bridge has a huge reservoir/lake with a high unrunable dam that must be portaged and the canoes carried quite a long way to get access to the creek again. Please do not go paddling on Talladega Creek if you have not fully researched it and have folks along who are familiar with white water. Be safe!
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Father and Son get away.

  • 4 of 5

I am 64 and a resident of Mississippi. My Son is 39 and lives in North Carolina. We have been looking for a halfway point to meet and spend a long weekend for some time. We were not disappointed. The Cabin was clean, well equipped with plenty of room and private. Property and area along the creek it was located on was beautiful. Locked behind a private gate. The only detraction was a nearby train track and the frequent passage of trains, but quickly gotten used to and barely noticed. The property is not far from a country store for small items that might be needed and only 6 or 8 minutes back into Talladega for grocery, restaurants or other needs. We spent a lot of time in the Talladega National Forest. Maps are available and suggest you get one at the Ranger Station in town. Plenty of hiking, biking, hunting and fishing opportunities within minutes and a nearby public shooting range for those that like to target shoot. State Park and small towns all within and hours drive. The Forest is mostly hardwoods with steep hills and valleys reminiscent of areas up in the Smokey Mtns. The fall colors in the leaves were present and very impressive during our stay. My only complaint is the last road on the direction is not currently marked with a name sign and if you are not paying attention you will drive past it. Also be advised Talladega County is dry and adult beverages are not sold on Sunday. Otherwise we had a great time. We were more than pleased with the cabin. The value per cost can't be beat. If you want a quiet retreat with plenty of privacy you won't regret your stay here.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review... beautiful way of describing the beauty of the place! Sounds like you loved it! Guess it does make me wonder what I would need to do to have gotten a 5 star. My housekeeper and I both take great pride in this lovely piece of heaven. I enjoy enjoy the train which reminds me of childhood!
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Secluded and Quiet - sometimes

  • 4 of 5

Cabin was spacious. Kitchen adequately stocked. Full size washer and dryer came in handy. Bed was comfortable. Beautiful woods and screened porch to enjoy it. There is no wi-fi or broadcast TV, but there is a DVD player and lots of movies. The only drawback to the peace and quiet was the trains, which come close to the house and blow their whistle. They ran as late as after midnight and started as early as 4 a.m. After 2 nights you get used to them.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review. Not much I can do about the train... except leave a big supply of ear plugs which I do! I have many people say it made them nostalgic for their childhood and love of trains! I enjoy them. Maggie
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Great value

  • 4 of 5

Location. Location. Location. Secluded and private. Very tranquil setting. Nicely equipped and good floor plan. Only stayed two nights but my wife, myself, and our pets enjoyed the relief from our normally hectic schedule. If I were to offer any criticism, and this is why I gave 4 stars instead of 5, I would add satellite TV for those families who are staying longer. Note; it was not advertised and so I assumed there wasn't any satellite, therefore we took some DVD's. (Also no internet) Again, our stay was short, so this wasn't an issue for us. The overall experience was wonderful. This area of Alabama is surprisingly beautiful. I lived in Gardendale, AL years ago and was never aware of the beauty of this mountainous country. I feel a little guilty for the 4 star rating because the owner was so nice and accommodating, yet I feel it necessary to share this tidbit with others just in case it is an issue. A great value regardless...

  • Review Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the compliment on location and service! Almost everyone who comes to Waldo comments on the fact that they enjoyed "getting away from the rat race" for a few days. That is the purpose of this secluded get away. We want folks to reconnect to family, friends and the Natural World. WE intentionally don't have internet, cable TV, and such. We do have games, tons of DVDs, a creek, trails and Talladega National Forest to explore! Come play in our backyard!
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Always a beautiful time at Waldo Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Carol and I enjoy our stay at Waldo each year. It is a beautiful half-way point for us traveling to meet up. The cottage has all the amenities that we desire and love the scenery. Carol's dog "Moby" also loves his stay at Waldo as well. Love our walks to the creek, the covered bridge and the surrounding acres.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! I love this place and am so happy to share with others who do too!
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Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Highway 77
Nearest Point of Interest
Waldo covered bridge
Nearest Point of Interest
Talladega Superspeedway
Car: necessary

Talladega Superspeedway is just minutes away, Visit famous Desoto Caverns Park just a few miles away, Panning for gold in Talldega Creek is popular, Tubing on Talladega Creek, whitewater canoeing, backpacking on Pinhoti Trail, biking Chief Ladega trail, biking Mt Cheaha, fly fishing, miles of national forest roads for biking, hiking, running


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning fee £60
Pet Fee £40

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Waldo, USA

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (1) The Queen bed is actually in the second bedroom., Double Beds (1) The master bedroom has an antique therefore, double bed!, Bunk Beds (1) The bottom bunk is a full size, top bunk is twin.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Terrace
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Barbecue
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • Rock Climbing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
Talladega Superspeedway Racetrack just minutes away, Talladega Creek in front yard, Panning for gold in Talldega Creek is popular, outdoor shower, large barn and pasture, historic covered bridge, near historic homes in Talladega and April in Talladega celebration

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