If you are looking for a great family adventure or two while vacationing on the Peaceful Side of the Smokies, look no further than the Next to Heaven Ranch. You can find this spectacular ranch between Pigeon Forge and Townsend on Wears Valley Rd. They have a nice big sign out front; you can’t miss it. Here you will find fun activities for everyone in the family from the youngest to the oldest!
Perhaps one of the reasons so many visitors to the area visit the Next Heaven Ranch, is the breathtaking views as your horseback ride takes you up to the lookout point oat the top of the trail. You never know what you might see on your ride, people report seeing bears, deer, raccoons, and numerous other critters scurrying around in the woods.
What better way to take in all this beauty than from the back of a horse? An outfitter will match each member of your party with a horse and from this point on you’re in the hands of your equine companion for the one-hour long unguided tour. Not to worry, all the horses know exactly where they are going (they have built-in GPS) and won’t let you get lost.
Enjoy the gentle pace, the fresh air, and the chance to let everything go as you take in the beauty of the Smokies. Bring your camera and be sure you take lots of photos to put in your scrapbook or family photo album. When you get stressed-out at home, bring out the pictures and let them take you back to that feeling of complete relaxation!
Let’s Pick Up the Pace a Little
The horseback ride to the top of the mountain is relaxing and should leave you ready for something a little more adventurous. The Next to Heaven Ranch has not one, not two, but no less than nine ziplines for you to check out. Their trained staff will kit you out with all required safety gear, explain how it all works and send you on your way.
In no time at all, you will be soaring out through and over the trees as you fly along one of the longest ziplines in the Smoky Mountains. The views as you zoom along between mountains are spectacular. Depending on which line you take, you may see horseback riders as you cruise over the trail.
If there is one common thread in the comments made by those who have visited the Next Heaven Ranch, it has to be how much they love the staff here. Everyone who works here from the people in the office to the ranch hands helping with the ziplines and horses is very friendly and seems to have an endless supply of patience, especially when it comes to working with the younger guests.
While the horseback rides are unguided, a guide does check in on you during the ride to make sure everything is okay. This is one of the top-rated activities in the Pigeon Forge and Townsend area and somewhere you should plan to visit while you are here.
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