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Ain't she sweet: cabin 11 at Occoneechee

Meet Cabin 11 at Occoneechee State Park in Southside Virginia

She is a sought after cabin for a few key reasons of which I am about to divulge to you in this article. Forgive me park goers who adore this cabin and sing her praises in the cabin journal, but I must. I even shot a goofy video (read to the end to view it!)

Enjoy your morning cup from the porch with waterviews from Cabin 11 at Occoneechee State Park

Enjoy your morning cup from the porch with water views from Cabin 11

Coffee for two on the porch at cabin 11

Pros

It is a universally accessible cabin. 

This means there is a nice ramp up from the parking area which is perfect for riding your bikes off or onto the porch. Perfect for hauling armloads of things in and out of the cabin as we are known to do! I think the beds may be a wee bit higher as well.

Cons

It is a universally accessible cabin.

This means the fridge is lower, the counters are lower in the kitchen, there are no wall shelves or vanity in the bathroom (this is a big con) and only one set of bunks in the second bedroom. But there is a sofa bed in the living room! The picnic table cook out area is not ADA however, so if you cannot handle stairs you are best suited to enjoy the view from the porch (which is absolutely okay and in fact preferred by me!)

Click here to view a PDF showing the cabin area and the exact location of cabin 11.

Grilling and chilling area outside cabin 11

Grilling and chilling area outside cabin 11 (Tony grilled then we all went out for s'mores later)

Grilling outside cabin 11 at Occoneechee State Park

Highlights of this cabin from my point of view

Location Location Location

This beautiful state park has the most amazing real estate as it is situated on the shores of John H Kerr Lake (aka Buggs Island Lake). This park is a boater and angler's paradise! But if you want water access without having to use a boat launch you are S.O.L.

This is where cabin 11 comes in

Occoneechee State Park has 11 cabins, two lodges 48 campsites for tents and RVs, and 11 equestrian campsites. A few of the cabins are waterfront/water view and both of the lodges are waterfront/water view, so how do you know which are or aren't? Here is a PDF (page 2) showing the location of each, and be sure to ask if you call to make a reservation: 1-800-933-PARK.

Cabin 11 is at one end of the cabin loop and has a water view. Directly behind cabin 11 is a trail that leads you out to a point on the lake, and overlooks a cove. This is the perfect spot for putting in your kayaks or canoe and spending the day. Now cabin 11 doesn't own this point of course, so anyone is welcome to come out there and plop down their chairs and a hammock and enjoy it! 
 
Word of advice
Bring bug spray! While we were there we had a couple thunderstorms roll in and out and the mosquitoes seemed to thrive afterward. I always want to go for an early morning paddle, but found myself running and leaping while launching the kayak into the water simultaneously due to the mosquitoes!
 
Inside Information
Cabins at all Virginia State Parks require a minimum weekly rental in peak season, but here is the inside information: You can rent them less than a week within the same month if there is availability. So in other words if you called today and Cabin 11 is available for 2 or 3 nights, you can reserve it!
 
How much does it cost to rent Cabin 11
Cabin fees can be found here. But let me save you the time and do some of the math for peak season: A weekly rental at Occoneechee State Park for cabin 11 is $778+tax for Virginia Residents or $130 per night if you rent less than one week. Sorry North Carolinians, it is a bit more for you $864+ tax or $144 per night. If you rent for a week consider the 7th night free with a weekly rental! F.Y.I. Midseason is $700 per week and off season is $584, so just imagine the possibilities.
 
You can reserve this cabin, or any cabin online here, or call 1-800-933-PARK
 
Cabin details
  1. Kitchen: Refrigerator, stove, coffeemaker, dishes, dishcloth, dish towels, silverware, cooking utensils, pots, pans, microwave oven, toaster, can opener, clock radio.
  2. No smoking
  3. No dishwasher, phone, TV, washer or dryer
  4. Rustic furniture; mission style
  5. Deck
  6. Fireplace
  7. Bedrooms: Bed(s), nightstands, dresser, closet with hangers, clock radio. One set of bed linens per bed and one set of towels per person; these are not changed daily. You may wish to bring your own pillow as well as a comforter for chilly nights. Sofa bed (no it is not comfortable so put a teen in it!)
  8. Climate-controlled
  9. Boat launching is free to overnight guests. There are no designated swimming areas.
  10. Picnic table and a charcoal pedestal grill in the yard beside the cabin
  11. Wrap-around deck; open porch with rocking chairs and end tables
  12. Two vehicles, including trailers, are allowed per cabin. A daily parking fee is charged for additional vehicles. 
  13. Pets are allowed. There's an extra fee per night per pet, plus tax.
 
The point at the end of the trail behind Cabin 11
 
Family fun paddling the lake from Occoneechee State Park
 
Family fun paddling the lake from Occoneechee State Park
 
Even mother-daughter-Junie B fun
 
Family fun at Occoneechee State Park from Cabin 11
 
What else is there to do nearby this state park?

Not a ton else to do in the area unless there are special events going on (click here for the Clarksville Chamber website with a listing of events). 

If you want to have a family day out on the water (with the option of being undercover if you get too much sun) you can rent a pontoon at the main boat ramp #1 from Clarksville Marine Rentals, Inc. It's open from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Boats must be returned by 6 p.m. Thirty gallons of gas are included in the rental. Call (434) 374-2525 to make reservations!


Published: 06/23/2014


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