We opened our first cabin, Critter Cottage, in October 2022, with the goals of utilizing the property in a sustainable way to create a family legacy and also to share the beauty of the area with others. We knew it would force us to truly maintain the land and thereby enjoy it more ourselves. Little did we know that it would become such a labor of love.
The property was originally owned by Lonnie’s uncle, Howard. It then passed through Howard’s son and grandsons, before we were offered the opportunity to purchase it in 2008. Along the way there has been a lot of history in this hollow. At one time this area was called “Cordell Town” and there was once a boarding house that burned to the ground in 1916. The bridge leading into the hollow was built after the original road that wound along side the creek washed out – many decades ago. Part of that original road is now the walking path behind Critter Cottage.
When traveling to Coops Creek Cabins, one must pass through the Coke Ovens Park & Museum. While it is now a quaint tourist area with several walking trails, it was once a working mining operation (with the mines on the mountain above us). After the mining operation closed down in 1927, everything fell into disrepair. Over the years, almost every structure was lost and it became a place where people dumped their trash and anything else they did not want.
In the 1980s Carson and Joyce Camp made the committment to clean up and restore the area while preserving its history. Many other locals got involved and helped make it the beautiful park you see today. The museum and grounds now host various public events as well as weddings, birthday parties and family reunions.
Lonnie’s family have lived in the hollow since well before his mother was born, who is now in her 80s. He was raised in a house that joins the property and an assortment of his family members have lived in this hollow in the past. Besides us, only Lonnie’s mother remains in the hollow today.
Accommodations & About Your Stay
Just One Mile From the Center of Dunlap, TN – Between Chattanooga, TN and Fall Creek Falls State Park
Cabins Taking Reservations
Cabins Under Construction
Treehouses Coming Soon
Lonnie & Angela Pope
Born and raised in this beautiful area, we continue to be amazed by its scenery and wildlife. We are proud to reside in the Sequatchie Valley in our home adjoining the cabin property with our two wonderful children, two hyper Yorkies, and one snarky cat.
Fast enough to use for work
Ample parking provided for each cabin
Travel for day trips to several locations – many 1 hour away or less
Check In & Check Out
Check In 4:00 pm CT
Check Out 11:00 am CT
Special Requests Accommodated When Possible
We understand things happen, so all reservations can be cancelled up to 24 hours before scheduled check in time.
What Are Guests Are Saying
This place is beautiful. The private creek is about 150ft from the cabin…short walk down and you’re in the wilderness alone in a shallow, steady tream with twists and drops creating tiny waterfalls the entire length of the creek… can’t wait to try one of the new cabins next year.
If you’ve ever wanted to stay in a tiny house this is the ideal one to pick. It’s on a beautiful creek, had an amazing use of space, and was incredibly well maintained and decorated. The games and local area guides were a nice touch. Really felt like home. Would stay here again in a heartbeat!
nature & serenity await
We Have Vacancy!
Come enjoy your morning coffe on the back deck overlooking the creek.