The Oscar at Walden Woods is a 350+ square foot cozy efficiency unit with a bed, bath, living room with tv, and kitchenette. Guests will love sitting in rocking chairs on the front porch with breathtaking mountain views. Walden Woods adjoins the North Cumberland WMA, over 140,000 acres with endless miles of ATV trails. Our property also has two ponds great for fishing!
Welcome to The Oscar at Walden Woods!
Whether you are staying in our main cabin, The Oscar, or The Florence, we know you are going to enjoy the beautiful mountains of East Tennessee. Our property is located on Hwy 25W near La Follette in Campbell County, Tennessee, and is accessed via Elzo Bob Lane. This property was originally the farm of our grandparents, Oscar and Florence Walden. In many ways, this property still honors them and other members of the Walden family with special touches that we hope you notice.
We offer self-check-in. We will provide you with a keypad code to unlock the door. You may check-in at any time after 3 pm. If you need an earlier time, please contact us to see if we can accommodate you.
Safety Information and Rules
Guest Consideration: Please remember that our cabin is composed of three units, and other guests may be staying at the same time as you. Please keep noise to a minimum, especially during nighttime hours. Parties are not permitted. Our cabin has been carefully furnished, so please be respectful of the furniture and personal property on the premises. Broken or misplaced items may be taken from your deposit.
Fire safety: Fire extinguishers are located in the kitchen of each cabin unit. All smoke detectors are in working order. However, the cabin is not close to a fire station. If you use a bbq grill or a fire pit, please monitor their use at all times and fully extinguish all flames.
Heating/Cooling: The heating and cooling unit is adjustable and located under the window.
Parking: You may park in the gravel lot in front of and beside the cabin. It’s a steep drop off the mountain, so please use your parking brake just in case! For ATV trailers, please detach the trailer and park it in the flat spot near the pond. ATVs may be parked beside the cabin or by the pond.
Phone: Cell service is spotty at the cabin. Some guests have luck placing their phones on the window sill. A landline is provided for your use.
Television: All televisions are equipped with a DVD player and DirecTV.
Trash: You’re almost guaranteed to see wildlife during your stay such as rabbits, squirrels, turkey, and deer. However, the mountains are also full of cougars, coyotes, elk, and bears. All of these animals have been seen on our trail camera a few hundred yards from the cabin. In order to protect your safety, do not under any circumstances leave trash outside. For the same reasons, do not leave any food, coolers, etc., unsupervised outside. If you are staying for an extended period of time, we will make arrangements to collect trash from the cabin regularly during your stay.
Please wash, dry, and put up all dishes. Please place all dirty bath/kitchen towels and sheets from the bed in the floor. Please empty your personal items from the fridge, closets, and drawers (don’t forget your phone charger). Please turn the heating/cooling unit off. You are welcome to use any items in the cabin, but please return them to their place when you leave.
The two efficiency-style units are located in the walkout basement below Brian’s View. Each unit includes a queen bed and full bathroom stocked with towels, soap, shampoo, and a hair dryer. The kitchenette includes a refrigerator, microwave, sink, basic dishes, and a small dining table. Guests can relax on the sofa and chair while watching tv, which includes a DVD player and DirecTV. Wifi access and a landline are available.
While driving through Elzo Bob Lane, you are sure to notice our scenic fishing ponds. The ponds are stocked with bluegill and small-mouth bass. You are welcome to fish at our ponds. However, we do ask that you release the fish that you catch as our fish population is still growing. The bottom pond is easily accessible by car. An ATV is necessary to reach the upper pond. The bottom pond also has several firepits. You are welcome to bring your own firewood for a small bonfire. However, we ask that you keep the fire in control and completely extinguish the fire when finished.
We hope you enjoy your stay, and we would love to hear about your experience! If you reserved using AirBNB, be sure to leave feedback.
If you are taking photos of your trip, we would love to see them! You can post them to our Facebook page or use the social media hashtag #waldenwoodstn
Each cabin unit has a guest book. Please share a memory with future cabin guests!
Out of respect to all guests, we request that you only use ATVs to access TWRA trails and not use the property for recreation. If you are bringing an ATV trailer, please park the trailer in the flat space beside the ponds. The speed limit for ATVs within the property is 10 mph.
Our property adjoins the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area, which encompasses the Royal Blue WMA and Sundquist WMA. At 140,000 acres, this is the second largest area of public property in Tennessee. While exploring the WMA on your ATV, you will see wildlife including majestic elk, deer, rare birds, and even bears! The speed limit within the WMA is 25 mph
Tennessee requires permits to operate ATVs on the North Cumberland WMA for those over age 12. Violators may pay a fine of $300. Permit information can be found here: https://www.tn.gov/twra/gis-maps/north-cumberland-ohv-riding-area.html
Many roadways in Campbell County are open to ATV traffic. Operators must be 16 years or older and hold a valid Driver’s License. ATV traffic is permitted on paved roads from 30 minutes before dawn until 30 minutes after dusk. You must stay on designated roads and be able to provide proof of liability insurance. Helmets and appropriate goggles are required on roadways. You must also use a seatbelt if in a side by side.
Hunting and Fishing
Many hunters and anglers explore the North Cumberland WMA. If you wish to hunt or fish, you will need to obtain a license. Information on obtaining a hunting or fishing license can be found here: https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/twra/documents/huntguide.pdf
About the Area
Our cabin is located outside of town. With few exceptions, most stores and restaurants are located in La Follette and Jacksboro, which is approximately fifteen minutes from the property.
•B&B Market – a traditional country store which includes convenience store items and a deli. The B&B has great breakfast biscuits, and you can’t go wrong with a fried bologna sandwich! Closed Sunday
Address: 2774 TN-9, La Follette, TN 37766
Distance: 2.9 miles
Directions: Exit the property and turn right onto Hwy 25W. Travel 2.9 miles. The store is located on the right, just before you get to the railroad underpass.
•Creekside Market – Open for breakfast and lunch during the week and for all three meals on the weekend, you can find great country cooking at Creekside! On Saturday(?) nights, enjoy their steak special!
Address: 1023 Stinking Creek Road, La Follette, Tennessee 37766
Distance: 4.4 miles
Directions: Exit the property and turn left onto Hwy 25W. Travel 2.5 miles and turn left onto Stinking Creek Road. Travel 1.8 miles. The destination will be on the left, near Rock Creek Lane.
•The Royal Lunch – Open Monday through Saturday for breakfast lunch, go back in time to have the best hot dog in town! Take advantage of the pool tables in the back of this old time pool hall.
Address: 130 N Tennessee Avenue, La Follette, Tennessee 37766
Distance: 8.1 miles
Directions: Exit the property and turn right onto Hwy 25W. Travel 7.6 miles and turn right onto the North Tennessee Avenue bridge. Travel .5 miles, and the restaurant is on your left.
•Katie’s Restaurant – Open Monday through Saturday for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you’ll enjoy the family atmosphere and Katie’s country cooking. On Friday nights, enjoy live bluegrass music!
Address: 183 N Tennessee Avenue, La Follette, Tennessee 37766
Distance: 8.0 miles
Directions: Exit the property and turn right onto Hwy 25W. Travel 7.6 miles and turn right onto the North Tennessee Avenue bridge. Travel .4 miles, and the restaurant is on your right.
•McCloud Mountain Restaurant – For a fine dining experience, enjoy the taste and view of McCloud Mountain. Situated at 2,700 feet above sea level, the view of the valley will take your breath. Near the restaurant is walking trail to the Chimney Rocks. The restaurant has seasonal hours, and a reservation is typically required. For more information, call (423) 562-3282
Address: 1220 McClouds Trial, La Follette, Tennessee 37766
Distance: 5.3 miles
Directions: Exit the property and turn right onto Hwy 25W. Travel 3 miles. Turn left onto McClouds Trail. Travel 2.3 miles. The restaurant will be on the right.
Additionally, LaFollette and Jacksboro are home to most fast food restaurants and local favorites such as The Local, The Barnyard Steakhouse, El Charro, Charley’s Pizza, and Rickard Ridge BBQ.
The nearest grocery stores are Food Lion, Food City, and IGA, located in La Follette. Walmart is located in Jacksboro.
Area Attractions and Events
Campbell County’s greatest resource is its natural beauty. Campbell County is home to Cove Lake State Park, Indian Mountain State Park, Cumberland Trail State Park, Norris Dam, and Norris Lake—along with ten marinas. Nearby, enjoy the historic Cumberland Gap and hike to the pinnacle where you can stand in three states at the same time! We are a short drive down the interstate to Knoxville, and less than two hours to the Smokey Mountains and Dollywood.
Campbell County is home to several festivals and unique cultural events:
•Big Creek Fall ATV Festival: October 12, 2019
The Big Creek Fall ATV Festival is an event that began a few years ago, in October of 2014. Named after Big Creek that runs through the middle of downtown LaFollette, this festival allows for a fun day of ATV (all-terrain vehicle) riding, music, food, arts, crafts, and an amazing firework show. The month of October is the perfect time to enjoy the changing of the seasons by taking an organized ride on the TWRA (Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency) Trails through the Appalachian Mountains. There you can see the changing color of the leaves, the natural waterfalls, the grazing Elk, and the beautiful skyline view of the Appalachian Mountains.The City of LaFollette offers 3 different organized rides to choose from: the Easy ride, the Medium ride, and the Challenging ride. The Challenging ride lasting from 4-5 hours. All rides cover an amazing amount of mountain terrain. When your done exploring the Appalachians and are feeling a little hungry, you can ride your ATV into town and eat at one of our downtown restaurants or at one of our many great food vendors. The enticing smell of bbq, hot dogs, popcorn and funnel cakes will guide you back through downtown to the festival. The City of LaFollette had over 60+ vendors that joined us for the festival last year. These vendors bring all kinds of arts and crafts, a variety of different foods, activities for the kids, and much more! Be sure to register to win some of our FREE amazing door prizes!!!!At the end of the day, the City of LaFollette, along with festival sponsors will present an outstanding music concert that everyone will enjoy, and when the sun starts to set, the City of LaFollette and Pyro Shows puts on a fantastic fireworks show that showers the night sky with a colorful display of sparkling glitter.
More information can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/BigCreekFest/
•Louie Bluie Festival: September 2019
Typically held in September, the Louie Bluie Music and Arts Festival is a project of the Campbell Culture Coalition. It’s named in honor of Howard “Louie Bluie” Armostrong (1909-2003), the internationally acclaimed string band musician who grew up in LaFollette in the 1920s and became of the nation’s finest string band musicians, as well as artist, storyteller, and writer. The festival is held at Cove Lake State Park and includes live music, a kids fun zone, an artisan village, an art show, quilt show, and food court. Admission is free. For more information, visit louiebluie.org
•Postmark LaFollette: Year-round events
Postmark LaFollette’s mission is to enhance, support, preserve, and showcase local artistic and cultural expression. Yearround events include the Postmark Jamboree which showcases bluegrass artists and is typically held on the third Saturday of the month and broadcasted on local radio station WLAF. Other events include the Home and Garden Show, and theatrical productions that celebrate Appalachian culture. Most events are held at the old LaFollette Post Office at 119 S Tennessee Avenue. For more information and to see upcoming events, visit: https://www.facebook.com/PostmarkLaFollette/
•Hwy 25W Yard Sale: June 6-8, 2019
On the first weekend of June of each year, Hwy 25W turns into a 325-mile yard sale! Stretching from Clinton, Tennessee, to Richwood, Kentucky, our cabin is located in the center.
•Brandon Card High College & High School Bass Open: December 2, 2019.
Nationally-renowned angler Brandon Card sponsors annual tournaments for college and high school anglers. In its first year, the 2018 tournament award over $15,000 in cash and prizes. Over 100 boats are expected to enter. More information can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/BrandonCardFishing/
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