HomeAway uses cookies to improve your site experience. Learn more. By continuing, you consent to our use of cookies.
HomeAway uses cookies to improve your site experience. Learn more. By continuing, you consent to our use of cookies.
check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag

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

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Pay with confidence

Your booking will be backed by our Book with Confidence Guarantee when you complete your reservation online and finalise payment on HomeAway.

Learn more


Minimum Stay
2 - 3 nights


Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday cottage in Waldo - Waldo cabin

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,

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Maggie Johnston
Member since: 2010
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
2 December, 2016
Call Owner

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
  • 1 of 1


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(44 traveller reviews)

Forests, Creeks, Trails and getting away from it all! Your dream come true!
average rating of 4.75 based on 45 reviews

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!
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

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
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

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!
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

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!
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

A beautiful time in Talladega

  • 4 of 5

We met our daughters and their boyfriends at this adorable cottage for the weekend. Celebrated our daughters birthdays (21 & 24). We went to the Cheaha State Park and hiked to the tallest point in Alabama. What a stunning view! At this point is where my future son-in-law proposed to my daughter. What a beautiful moment it was. :) We had fun kayaking and walking down to the creek everyday. Maggie and Mark has provided all the comforts of home, thank you for a wonderful time. There is a train that runs close to the cottage but the ear plugs that Maggie has works great for sleeping. There is shopping close by for groceries.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
Soso, MS


  • 5 of 5

The two of us and my son's family, wife and two young boys, had a great few days in this lovely, secluded cottage. The layout is perfect for two small families---space between the bedrooms. We especially enjoyed the fire pit for hot dogs and smores one night. The creek was fun also. You have the National Forest if you like to hike. Mount Cheaha is close to see the highest point in AL. (One grandson thought he was "on top of the world"!! ) You are close to good eating places in Talladega or Oxford. We learned of this place by staying in their place near Double Springs. They are very nice to deal with and helpful. Beds are comfy after a long day. If you want and/or need peace and quiet, check this out. We are talking of returning already.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


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

Prices for this holiday cottage in Waldo, Metropolitan Alabama

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
Convert Currency
Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Talladega Race Weeks
4 May 2017 - 9 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Talladega Race
12 Oct 2017 - 16 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning fee £59
Pet Fee £39

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.
Enter dates for accurate pricing
Enquire Now Enquire Now
Available arrival


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

Partner Offers

Portable wifi hotspot

You might like these similar properties