Watershed Cabins

Two-Night Stay in a One-, Two-, Three-, or Four-Bedroom Cabin at Watershed Cabins in Bryson City, NC

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Upscale Log Cabins Near Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Although North Carolina and Tennessee share custody of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina is often touted as the quieter side, thanks to fewer crowds. Watershed Cabins—located outside Bryson City, North Carolina—take advantage of this solitude, scattered on 50 acres amid the wilderness. But as Charleston magazine travel correspondent Stephanie Hunt put it after a stay here, "Our base camp was a far cry from roughing it." Each cabin is equipped with air conditioning, in-unit washers and dryers, and full kitchens.

Soaring cathedral ceilings with exposed beams, timber balconies, and stone fireplaces make up each of the modern log cabins, and all are equipped with a hot tub. Though the freestanding cottages are scattered throughout the property, several are loosely clustered at the Watershed's center courtyard, which features a playground and a teepee. The yard also has a hiking path that culminates with a waterfall, trout pond, and a magician that pulls fishing licenses out of a bucket hat. Guests flock to the center to play bocce ball and other yard games, and roast marshmallows around the fire pit. To take advantage of each cabin’s full kitchen, it’s possible to stock up on groceries in nearby Bryson City, located less than 10 miles away.

Bryson City, North Carolina: Whitewater Rafting and Mountain Biking in the Smokies

The low-key town of Bryson City is a gateway to mountain recreation on the North Carolina side of the Smokies. Visitors can travel roughly 25 miles into Great Smoky Mountains National Park to take in the park's more notable sights, including Clingman's Dome and Cades Cove.

There’s a wide range of activities outside the park, too. The Nantahala River features Class II and III rapids, which is a nice, steady level for families and first-timers looking to take a raft trip. The Nantahala is a bit tamer than its neighboring river, the Chattooga, whose rushing whitewater served as a setting in the film Deliverance.

Nearby, the Tsali Recreation Area features nearly 40 miles of single-track bike trails, in four loops. Mountain bikers can pedal through the foothills of the Smokies and along the shores of Fontana Lake.

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

What You Get

Two-night stay in a one- or two-bedroom cabin

  • $209, valid Sunday–Thursday
  • $239, valid Friday and Saturday

Two-night stay in a three- or four-bedroom cabin

  • $350, valid Sunday–Thursday
  • $400, valid Friday and Saturday

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.


  • Center courtyard with fire pit
  • Hot tub with every cabin
  • Full kitchens
  • Patios or balconies

The Fine Print

  • Must book by 6/1
  • Must complete travel by 6/28
  • Not valid 5/25-5/27
  • Limit 1/person, may buy 1 more as a gift
  • Limit 1/visit
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Subject to availability
  • 30-day cancel notice or fee up to 1/2 Groupon price applies
  • 7-day cancel notice or fee up to Groupon price applies
  • Must be 18+ to check in
  • Must show ID at check-in
  • Credit card required at booking
  • For check-in on Thurs or Sat, must purchase a Fri-Sat option
  • Must use promotional value in 1 visit
  • Not valid with reward points
  • $20 limited damage waiver not included
  • Housekeeping fee & 9.75% tax not included.

Other Details

How To Book

  1. Purchase Groupon.
  2. Call Watershed Cabins by 6/1/12.
  3. Choose a date prior to 6/28/12.
  4. Mention your Groupon and provide your credit-card info.

Room Details

In All Included Rooms

  • Adding occupants above standard: $10 per person per night for adults and children
  • Standard occupancy: see "can sleep in beds" on website
  • Maximum occupancy: see "sleeps total" on website
  • Hot tubs
  • Washer/dryer
  • Full kitchens
  • Air conditioning

One-Bedroom Cabins

  • Check specific units for bed-size details

Two-Bedroom Cabins

  • Check specific units for bed-size details

Three-Bedroom Cabins

  • Check specific units for bed-size details

Four-Bedroom Cabins

  • Check specific units for bed-size details

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 4 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: dogs may be added for $10 per night.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are not available.
  • Room upgrades: not available

What It's Worth

Two-night stay in a one- or two-bedroom cabin

  • $209, valid Sunday–Thursday (up to a $356 value)
  • $239, valid Friday and Saturday (up to a $400 value)

Two-night stay in a three- or four-bedroom cabin

  • $350, valid Sunday–Thursday (up to a $590 value)
  • $400, valid Friday and Saturday (up to a $710 value)

Getting There

  • By plane: about 75 miles from McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS); about 75 miles from Asheville Regional Airport (AVL)
  • By car: about 70 miles west of Asheville

Traveler's Tips

  • Watershed Resort management provides toilet paper, facial tissue, hand soap, shower soap, shampoo, laundry detergent, and dish soap with each cabin rental.
  • The cabins are in a secluded mountain setting, which often means spotty cell-phone reception; each cabin has local phone service to accept incoming calls and connect to 911.

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