One of the great things about being on the Peaceful Side of the Smokies is just how much the animals appreciate the peace and quiet, too. That’s one reason there are so many great stables and outfitters that can get you riding in Blount County: horses like it here. Check out the different options and start planning your next ride!
Next to Heaven Mountain Adventures
The only unguided horseback ride in the Smokies begins when you’re matched with a horse great for you, and continues up an hour-long trail into the Smoky mountain woods. Don’t worry about getting lost; the horses know the way! Ziplining through the trees is also available.
Cades Cove Riding Stables
Cades Cove Riding Stables offers the only national-park-authorized stables in Blount. They offer guided trail rides in Cades Cove, as well as private guided carriage rides and guided hayrides for large groups. All levels of riders are welcome!
Davy Crockett Riding Stables
Townsend, Tennessee’s Davy Crockett Riding Stables offers rides to people of all ages, and also includes half-day rides that take you off the beaten path into the Tennessee wilderness. Not a bad way to become King of the Wild Frontier!
Rolling Hills Farm Equestrian Center
If you’re looking for serious riding lessons, Rolling Hills Farm is one great place to look. The riding school offers instruction in the basics of equestrianism, like Western and English riding, horsemanship, and showmanship. Horse day camps and birthday parties are also available.
Twin Valley Horse Ranch
Twin Valley Horse Ranch is actually Twin Valley Horse Ranch and Bed & Breakfast. Those just visiting for the day can choose half-day or full-day rides on their private mountain trails, and if you’re staying overnight, you’ve got a choice between upscale Lodge and Ranch house rooms, a private cabin, or rustic outdoor shelters. Bringing your own horse? No problem. Even visiting horses can bunk down in the stables at Twin Valley!
Mountain Meadow Equestrian Center
Maryville’s Mountain Meadow Equestrian Center offers a little bit of everything. Day camps, riding instruction, trail rides for riding students, a 4-H club, boarding for horses, and a 24-hour on-site manager. If you’re looking to get more instruction on everything from trail riding to showjumping and 3-day eventing, Mountain Meadow is a great choice.
Don’t Hold Your Horses — Ride While You Can!
The horses may be ready to go any day of the year, but the weather won’t always cooperate. Don’t be afraid to check out the stables you’re interested in and book a trail ride or a riding lesson on the Peaceful Side of the Smokies today.
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