Horseback Riding in the Smoky Mountains

Gatlinburg Horseback Riding

When you’re in the Great Smoky Mountains and looking for “horseback riding near me,” two horseback riding Gatlinburg stables are usually at the top of the search results. These are Smoky Mountain Riding Stables and Sugarlands Riding Stables.

Smoky Mountain Riding Stables

Smoky Mountain Riding Stables is an authorized concessionaire of the National Park Service. The staff helps you saddle up on a well-trained horse for a 45-minute tour across 3 miles of the national park. During the ride, you traverse mountain streams and wooded trails with an experienced guide. You could see a black bear, herd of deer, or flock of turkeys on your journey. Whether you’ve never ridden a horse before or have loads of experience, you’ll enjoy this peaceful excursion.


Sugarlands Riding Stables

Sugarlands Riding Stables offers a range of trail rides for riders of all experience levels within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The one-hour ride covers 4 miles, and the 1.5-hour ride covers about 6 miles. These are more suitable for novice riders. The two-hour ride covers 8 miles, and the four-hour ride covers 15 miles. These are more suitable for experienced riders. In any case, the guided tours are taken at a walking pace.

Pigeon Forge Horseback Riding

Although it’s one of the most popular spots, horseback riding in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, isn’t the only option. There are two great places that offer trail rides in Pigeon Forge: Big Rock Dude Ranch and Gold Rush Stables.

Big Rock Dude Ranch at Ponderosa

Big Rock Dude Ranch at Ponderosa is another premier Smoky Mountains riding stables, and it’s just north of Gatlinburg. It offers horseback riding seven days a week as long as the weather is favorable. The 3.5-mile tour gives you a glimpse into the experience that the early settlers had when they crossed the mountains and valleys on horseback for the first time about 200 years ago.

Along with a variety of one-hour guided tour packages for different prices, Big Rock Dude Ranch offers 30-minute ATV rides. A combo package lets you ride the horses and ATVs. On top of that, the ranch has many other amenities and activities: Chow Boys Cafe, picnic areas, gem mining, a petting zoo, a fishing pond, a general store, the Heritage Museum, and horseshoe pits.

Gold Rush Stables and Heritage Carriage Rides

With Gold Rush Stables and Heritage Carriage Rides, you can take a one-hour tour on a 2.5-mile trail in the Pigeon Forge area. Located near the famous Dollywood theme park, the riding stables uses a total of five trails in order to accommodate all riding experience levels. Because of its location, none of the trails have extreme terrain.

If you’re traveling as a couple and want a more intimate ride, you can book a carriage ride at Walden’s Landing. A romance package is even available for special occasions.

Smoky Mountains Horseback Riding in nearby Sevierville

A little further north of Gatlinburg are a few horseback riding Smoky Mountains opportunities in Sevierville. Let’s take a look at the three main stables and ranches.

Five Oaks Riding Stables

Five Oaks Riding Stables is part of Adventure Park at Five Oaks, which offers an array of activities. Its one-hour horseback riding package takes you on a 3.5-mile trail that features mountain views, streams, and a moonshine still. Also, it’s one of the only riding stables that permits tandem riding for a child and adult. If you want more adventure, the park offers zip lining, go-kart racing, laser tag, and more. You can even buy combination passes to do it all and save.

Jayell Ranch

At Jayell Ranch, you get to ride a horse through more than 260 acres of beautiful trees with fantastic views of the Smoky Mountains. Despite having some of the cheapest prices, the 4-mile trail ride takes you through historic areas for about one hour. In addition, the ranch offers zip lining, ATV rides, and extreme mountain tubing.

Deer Farm Riding Stables

Like Five Oaks, Deer Farm Riding Stables is one of the few that offers tandem riding for children and parents. As long as you comfortably fit in the saddle with a child and don’t exceed the 250-pound weight limit, doubling up is permitted. It’s also one of the few places that allow backpacks during the rides. Children who aren’t ready for riding full-grown horses can enjoy pony rides. There’s a petting zoo on the property as well.

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