Exploring the Smoky Mountains from horseback can be one of the most rewarding experiences a visitor can have while visiting Gatlinburg. See the Smokies like a true pioneer and visit areas rarely seen by most visitors.
There are companies that offer horseback riding through the mountainous terrain of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for novices and experienced riders alike. Smoky Mountain Riding Stables and Sugarlands Riding Stables offer a natural way to see America’s most visited National Park and bond with nature by following a guide through the mountain trails while atop their well-trained horses.
Smoky Mountain Stables – View Site
1/4 mi. east of Jackson Mountain Homes office on HWY 321 in Gatlinburg. A unique way to experience the Smoky Mountains, riding a horse through the park. Special Horses for Children. 865-436-5634
Sugarlands Riding Stables – View Site
See wildlife on scenic trails along streams inside the National Park. Experienced guides, trained horses; open mid March to November. 865-436-3535
Smokemont – View Site
TRAIL RIDES FOR EXPERIENCED OR BEGINNER RIDERS
Smokemont Riding Stable offers a safe, fun, family friendly horseback riding experience within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Our natural riding trails feature beautiful wooded scenery, native flora and fauna, and mountain streams and waterfalls. Near Cherokee, NC 828-497-2373
Jayell Ranch – View Site
Our 4 mile, 1 hour, shady trail ride winds through more than 220 acres of the best scenery in the Smoky Mountains. Throughout the ride, you’ll see views of North Carolina, Mount LeConte and Shield’s Mountain Fort, taking a ride through Tennessee’s true history.
We have well-trained, experienced guides, and the horses are very familiar with the trails. No experience necessary. Ages 5 and up can ride their own horse. Under 5 can double with an adult, so all ages are included. The weight limit for horseback rides is 300 lbs. This is the best ride in Tennessee by far. 865-776-1593
Cades Cove Riding Stable – View Site
All riders under 18 years of age are required to wear equestrian helmets, and all adult riders are asked to either wear helmets or sign a statement that they decline to wear them. Children under six years old may not ride alone. Riding double is no longer permitted.
Along with horseback riding the stable also offers buggy rides on Park trails and hayrides around the 11-mile Cades Cove Loop Road.
Cades Cove, near Townsend, TN 865-448-6286