Watershed Cabins was founded in 1998 (called “Nantahala Mountaintop Cabins” at the time). The first cabin (Rocky View) was built with the idea of enjoying the cabin part-time as a personal vacation home and renting it out to others the rest of the time. Before this first cabin was even completed, the growth potential of the area became evident and expansion plans were in the works.
It became immediately apparent that many of the regular outdoor enthusiasts who were coming up for mountain biking, hiking, rafting, and all the great things in the area, were longing for a better place to stay. The plan for providing a more luxury level rental was becoming a proven winner, and the rest is history.
The idea took off and soon private owners were knocking on the door asking Watershed to manage their rental cabins. This growth was combined with the purchase of 50 acres at the intersection of Needmore Road and Highway 74 (sort of the “gateway” to the most popular outdoor attractions because the property sits where the road splits to go to either the Nantahala River or to the Tsali mountain bike trails), and the company started looking like what it is today: a well-established and prominent vacation rental management company with an excellent staff and commitment to quality.
In 2010, finishing touches on our core property were complete, and we branded this resort-like community as the Watershed Resort property. There’s no swimming pool or clubhouse (that’s not what the mountain environment demands), but the Watershed Resort property does have a central community area with bocce ball, firepit, yard games and a log-zebo with a bedswing perched perfectly at our lookout point to bid the sun farewell behind the western mountain ridge. There’s also a well-maintained hiking trail running throughout the property passing by our full-sized Indian Tee Pee with kids’ playground and winding down to our beautiful on-site waterfall. The cabins on this property are walking distance to each other and therefore attract larger families and groups. Each cabin still enjoys a level of privacy and seclusion to rent independently, though. This property also is home to our popular Treehouse units, which are one-bedroom accommodations in a 4-plex building priced no more than a motel room; and also to our Woodland Lofts, which with their flavors of industrial-modern styling may appeal to those wanting some urban influence as opposed to traditional log home styling.
In addition to the Resort property, the collection of Watershed Cabins includes off-site cabins ranging from custom, hand-crafted, luxury log homes to “value” cabins. There’s a unit for everyone’s budget, and they all have a hot tub, comfortable furnishings, and the same level of cleanliness and quality.
Tim Goodwin is the sole owner of the company now and still operates it from Atlanta, but commutes as needed to the mountains. You can sometimes reach him answering the reservations lines or perhaps see him tossing the cornhole bags with friends at the Wateshed Resort, but it’s the incredible Watershed staff that will likely be what impresses you. Come see us at Watershed…roughing it has never been so luxurious.