Saddle up in The Smokies! Horseback riding through The Smokies allows you to be one with nature, traverse through trails and streams and spot wildlife; all with an experienced guide and a well-trained horse. This is a great and unique way to experience the mountains. The horses are very familiar with the trails while the guides enforce maximum safety. Most of the trails are open from mid-March- November and are closed during the winter months.
Plan a horseback riding excursion for your group for an unforgettable experience; everyone will enjoy these scenic rides! Several companies in the area offer rides that accommodate beginners to experienced riders.
Big Rock Dude Ranch
Big Rock Dude Ranch is located just a short drive away from Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. The ride is 3.5 miles long through The Great Smoky Mountains. Big Rock Dude Ranch boasts a #1 Rating in Safety from Gilliham and Associates. They offer over 80 horses and no weight limit and can accommodate younger riders with VIP tours.
Jayell Ranch offers a 1 hour, 4 mile trail ride through 220 acres with views of North Carolina, Mount Leconte and Shield’s Mountain Fort. Jayell Ranch is located next to Dollywood and is for riders 5 and up.
Smoky Mountain Riding Stables
Smoky Mountain Riding Stables is located in Gatlinburg and accommodates large groups. They have 40 head of horse and over 20 years’ experience. Their trails are located in the mountainous terrain of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.