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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


About the property

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

Check us out on Facebook... Triple Creek Farm!

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

Maggie Johnston
Member since: 2010
Speaks english
Response time
Within a few hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
20 August, 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 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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in Waldo

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • 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.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 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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Forests, Creeks, Trails and getting away from it all! Your dream come true!
average rating of 4.6896553 based on 59 reviews

Quiet and secluded - a great getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We wanted a little getaway, and this very cozy cottage was just what we were looking for. The house is very nicely furnished, very clean, and had everything we needed in the kitchen. We cooked out on the grill, and spent most of our time in the big comfortable screened in porch. We walked down the path - probably 200 yards or so, to the creek, and jumped right in. We were going to "float" the creek but there was a big storm upriver, and the day we were going to float, the water was really fast and muddy. We did drive over to the old mill/restaurant, which is unfortunately closed now. Had we floated, we would have parked there and floated from the place we walked to, and left a car at the old mill. The covered bridge mentioned and shown in pictures was only visible from the old mill, so you kind of have to drive or float to see it, but it's beautiful. Probably other times of year you can see it from other places on the property, but the foliage was so thick we couldn't.

The outdoor shower was great (though there was a bit of a problem with water leaking into the house, which the owner assured me is going to be fixed right away). I can't think of anything we would change.

I have AT&T phone service and didn't get signal, but my traveling companions had full cell service with Verizon.

"Town" isn't far, but we brought everything we needed, so didn't leave. Also - the train. It's loud, but I'm a sound sleeper, so it didn't wake me, and during the day I thought it was kind of cool!

If you're looking for a remote getaway, this is the place.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nice property & creek access, but some asthetic & comfort limitations

  • 3 of 5

Nice path to walk to creek and around property, screened porch was useful re: rain & bugs. Interior not very cozy, didn't invite a nice cottage hangout - more like a homebase for a small family.

Kitchen has equipment, but not resources like spices or cooking oil. Kids board games available.

Remote, but highway nearby and train down the road passes frequently.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I have privately messaged you to ask for suggestions to make the cabin more cozy ... not sure what else we can do. I would love ideas, since this is my home from years ago that I am sharing with new (and many returning) friends. I feel it is inviting and fun. Most VRBO places I have stayed had no kitchen spices, etc. If you look in the cabinet near the stove, there are quite a few here. We are always seeking to improve though! I haven't ever had anyone mention hearing the highway. It is quite a ways away... and most folks mention the trains as nostalgic. Glad you enjoyed the paths and screen porch. Also two of my favorite things about the Waldo cabin!
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Great Relaxing Stay

  • 4 of 5

The house was very clean, well furnished, and very peaceful. The only issue I had was the train tracks nearby but we knew ahead of time and dont want to take away from the lovely house itself. Will definitely be back again in the future!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Private woodsy setting

  • 4 of 5

Great to be able to take the dogs and go down to play in the creek. Loved the screened in porch. Once I got the ear plugs in my ears at night to block the train noise, I slept great in the master bedroom. My daughter on the other side of the house said the noise did not bother her.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 27, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you all loved the creek and having your pup along! Yep, some folks say they enjoyed the trains... nostalgia, etc... and others say they are glad I leave ear plugs for guests!
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Very relaxing

  • 5 of 5

It was very relaxing. We had planned to go out to eat on Saturday but nothing seemed very convenient. We stayed in and snacked. We did wish we had brought hot dogs to roast on the fire pit. I guess we will have to go back

  • Review Submitted: May 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed my wonderful cabin in the woods! It is about 8 miles to Talladega and the many restaurants there. About 20 miles to Oxford / Anniston area with tons more. Mark and I live in Winston county where the closest places are 10-20 miles away, so guess "convenient" is relative! Hee hee! But hot dogs over the fire are always good! As are smores!
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On the edge of the Talladega National Forest

  • 5 of 5

This is amazing get away. On one side of the property there is a good size "sitting" Creek to cool off in and on the other a historic covered bridge. The beds are comfortable and we had a small bonfire and grilled salmon one night.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee A$107.19
Pet Fee A$63.05

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.