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Cades Cove Riding Stables

#4 of 13 Outdoor Activities in Townsend Features Animals
10018 Campground Dr, Townsend, TN 37882-5000
+1 865-448-9009
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Such a beautiful ride! Sarah was a great guide. Will definitely go again. Thanks for a fun... read more

Reviewed 22 March 2017
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
via mobile
Animals & customers treated like gold!

I am an experienced rider & have been to numerous stables in the Gatlinburg area however my sister... read more

Reviewed 20 March 2017
Natchez, Mississippi
via mobile
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Welcome to Cades Cove Riding Stables located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Cades Cove. The National Park's only authorized riding stables in Cades Cove Whether you're young or old, expert or novice, a Horseback, Carriage, or Hayride trip in the breathtaking Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an adventure you'll never forget. If you have a hearty frontier spirit and are ready to hit the trail, come take pleasure in some wholesome outdoor fun at our stable area. You will be greeted by our Guides, who are committed to providing you with a safe and memorable excursion within the scenic Cades Cove. Cades Cove Riding Stables offers adventure options for the entire family who wish to enjoy the magnificent Cades Cove. We specialize in providing Guided Horseback, Carriage, and Hay rides for National Park visitors who desire an alternative method of enjoying the scenic splendor of the park. Off the beaten path, you'll see what's under the forest canopy, and maybe even some woodland critters! You'll even learn a bit about our Cove as our guides share stories of the remnants of a historic settlement period.
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10018 Campground Dr, Townsend, TN 37882-5000
+1 865-448-9009
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Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

Such a beautiful ride! Sarah was a great guide. Will definitely go again. Thanks for a fun experience.

1  Thank DeeBeeretiree
Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

I am an experienced rider & have been to numerous stables in the Gatlinburg area however my sister had never sat on a horse once in her life until the day we rode at CCRS & for my mom it had been a number of...More

Thank BR_Sull106
Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

My husband, myself and another couple really enjoyed the trail ride with Briar! Briar was informative, light hearty and funny. He told us about the park, wild life and pointed out deer and bear markings. The horses were gentle and fun to ride. This was...More

Thank Tara P
Reviewed 16 November 2016

We waited about an hour, which wasn't bad considering it was peak autumn. The ride was about an hour. We had 9 in our group and our guide was Briar, who was wonderful! He did a great job matching horses with riders according to their...More

Thank Louis3 R
Reviewed 9 November 2016

My friend and I went for a morning horseback ride in the woods with these guys, and it was a wonderful way to cap off our visit to the Great Smoky Mountains. It isn't possible to take the horses on the actual Cades Cove Loop...More

1  Thank yhzheng
Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

The people in the office were the rudest people I have ever dealt with. They had no customer service experience and were very ugly towards my family, especially the bigger older lady. The older lady was just awful. We had to wait for 2 hours...More

Thank amandermillerGa
Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

We spent a beautiful morning riding through the Smokey Mountains. The area was so pretty and peaceful. We rode horses on a guided ride for about an hour through the woods. The horses were gentle and well trained for the ride. Helmets are available at...More

Thank Michele P
Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

At first the staff said it will be a one and a half hour wait and that we should return within an hour. When we returned they said it will be another hour. Eventually three hours passed before we got on the horses. The guide...More

Thank Orit A
Reviewed 3 October 2016

We went through Cades Cove and saw some of the history of the area, loved it. We then took an hour horseback ride, got away from the loop road and got some feeling of how it must have been when the settlers arrived. Guide was...More

Thank Believer45
Reviewed 3 October 2016

We drove down from pigeon forge to do the hayride. Saw a bear right out back of buildings, staff got excited b/c it was collared (Aggressive)bear. Hayride is on back of pickup pulling long flatbed trailer. You just sit in the floor, they rake loose...More

Thank darylvel
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About how long does the guided horseback tour last?
21 March 2016|
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Response from Jack B | Property representative |
Thank you for your interest in the guided activities in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park at Cades Cove Riding Stables. Carriages and horseback rides depart continually throughout the day. Horseback rides are... More
What do you see on the horseback ride and the carriage rides? Is it anything different than you see driving the loop? It sounds like the hay riDE is just going around the regular loop.
17 March 2016|
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Response from Glenn B | Reviewed this property |
They take you along a path that loops through the woods away from the vehicle loop. A section of the trail crosses the vehicle loop near the exit. The time of year you go depends on what wildlife you will see. The guides... More
Do they have ponies for small children to ride?
7 July 2015|
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Response from Kenneth S | Reviewed this property |
They have smaller horses since one of the people in our group was a young girl. I didn't see ponies, but it was difficult to see into the stables. You should contact them directly.