Mountain climbing, hiking trails and parks are just a few things you can do when you come to Pigeon Forge. But have you ever been horseback riding? This historical city in Tennessee offers ranches, stables and tours by horseback around the area. Horseback riding is rumored to have started around 1600 BC. Now, horseback riding is not only a way of transportation, but a sport and relaxing way to tour the Smokey Mountains.
Whether you lead yourself or are being lead by a professional, you will have an experience you’ll never forget. Just make sure to leave your backpacks, purses, food and drinks behind before you start off on a trail. If you know your way around Pigeon Forge and you want to do a self-guided tour, you can visit one of the many stables in the area that provide horseback riding services like Next to Heaven, Five Oaks and Walden Creek. Many of the stables and ranches around the area offer guided tours as well!
The Smoky Mountain Stables
1720 East Pkwy, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
The Smoky Mountain Riding Stables has been offering both of these services for over 20 years. You can take a tour on a mountain trail even if you have no experience riding horses before! Children ages 5 and up are allowed to ride and during the summer they are open seven days a week from 9AM-5PM. The rates depend on how long and far the ride is. A 3 mile horseback ride would last about 45 minutes and costs $26.50 plus tax per person. For the more experienced riders, they also offer 6 and 8 mile rides that range from one and a half to two hours and range from $52.50 to $70.00 plus tax per person. An extension of the Smoky Mountain Riding Stables is the Sugarlands Riding Stables and they offer 4 mile rides for $35 and 15 mile rides for $140 as well.
Big Rock Dude Ranch
909 Little Cove Rd, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
Big Rock Dude Ranch offers a 3.5 mile mountain ride with V.I.P. rides for small children. Keep in mind that these trails are on the Smoky Mountains, so there can be some rough terrain. This ranch offers much more than just horseback riding though. They offer ATV rides, a petting zoo, a fishing pond, a museum, gem mining, a store, a picnic area and café. The rate for the one hour horseback ride is $34.95 per person; however Big Rock Dude Ranch offers many specials that include horseback riding and multiple other amenities on the ranch as well!
- Special #1 is $31.95 and includes the one-hour Mountain Horseback Trail Ride, a bottle of water and a bag of corn for the petting zoo.
- Special #2 is $38.95 and includes the one-hour Mountain Horseback Trail Ride, a bottle of water, a bag of corn for the petting zoo and a 3 LB Gem Mining Ore.
- Special #3 is $48.95 and includes the one-hour Mountain Horseback Trail Ride, a bottle of water, a bag of corn for the petting zoo, a 3 LB Gem Mining Ore and a 3-day fishing pass with bait and poles supplied.
- Special #4 is $89.95 and includes the one-hour Mountain Horseback Trail Ride, a bottle of water, a bag of corn for the petting zoo, a 3 LB Gem Mining Ore, a 3-day fishing pass with bait and poles supplied and a 30 minute ATV ride.
You can do a 30 minute, creek crossing, ride on an ATV or do a horseback ride and ATV combo as well. Those prices range from $45.95-$69.95 per person.
Pigeon Forge Cabin Rentals
When you’re ready to hop off your horse, return to a cabin in the Great Smoky Mountains with views that can take your breath away. Relax in a hot tub on the porch of your secluded Pigeon Forge cabin and watch the sunset over the horizon. After a day of horseback riding on the mountain trails, come back to your cabin to take a swim and enjoy the scenery of the mountains in the distance.