Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding in the Smoky Mountains is a popular outdoor adventure!

Horseback Riding in the Smokies will lead you through wooded trails, over flowing mountain streams, and up mountain vistas where you can view trees and wildflowers. Don’t be surprised if you run into a black bear along the way.

There are a number of horseback riding stables in the national park and in Pigeon Forge and Townsend. Cooper Road Trail inside the national park is great for horseback riding.

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Horseback riding stables at Sugarlands in Great Smoky Mountains National Park


Cades Cove Riding Stables
Horseback riding, hayrides & carriage rides
(865) 448-6286

Rent horses by the hour. Guides will take you along cool, wooded trails, over small mountain brooks, and up to vistas of trees and wildflowers. Age 6 and up can ride by themselves. Cost is $20 per person. Open 7 days a week, 9 am-5 pm.

Apple Valley Riding Stables

5614 Old Walland Hwy.
Walland, TN
(865) 448-8300

Horseback riding, 4 mile ride (about an hour), $22 with tax. Hayrides with reservations $5 per person.

Bear Hollow Stables and Cabins

P.O. Box 416
Townsend, TN
(877) 448-6910

Boarding facilities only

Davy Crockett Riding Stables

505 Old Cades Cove Road
Townsend, TN
(865) 448-6411

Open 7 days a week, 9 am-5 pm; horses for hire or board your own; guided tours

EchoBrooke Farm

117 Flynn Road
Walland, TN
(865) 984-1459

Horse-drawn Carriage Rides, Romantic Wedding venue. Carriage Rides and Haywagon Rides. Boarding.

Gilbertson’s Lazy Horse Retreat

938 Schoolhouse Gap Road
Townsend, TN
(865) 448-6810

Boarding facilities only; self-guided tours

Next to Heaven Stables

1239 Wears Valley Road
Townsend, TN
(865) 448-6947

Horses for hire; self-guided tours

Orchard Cove Stables

1263 School House Gap Road
Townsend, TN
(423) 400-6667

Boarding facilities; 20-stall barn, a 90′ x 200′ covered arena, and a bathhouse; self-guided tours

Pack’s Stables

P.O. Box 184
Townsend, TN
(865) 448-6318

Boarding facilities only; self-guided tours

Twin Valley B&B Horse Ranch

2848 Old Chilhowee Road
Walland, TN
(865) 984-0980

Ranch horses available for mountain riding adventure, 1/2 Day & Day rides, instruction, stabling. Call for reservations.

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Horse trail in Cades Cove

You Can Rent a Horse in the National Park

Horseback riding in Great Smoky Mountains National Park is available by the hour from mid-March through late November at four commercial stables within the park. Rates average $20 per hour. Weight limits and age restrictions may apply. Please call the stable you are interested in for operating hours and hourly rates.

• Cades Cove, near Townsend, TN
(865) 448-6286
(also offers hayrides and carriage rides)

• Smokemont, near Cherokee, NC
(828) 497-2373

• Smoky Mountain, near Gatlinburg, TN (865) 436-5634

• Sugarlands, near Gatlinburg, TN
(865) 436-3535

You Can Bring Your Own Horse to the National Park

The best time to bring your horse to the national park is between May and early December. Trail maintenance is seasonal. Take caution when riding in the backcountry. Watch for swollen streams, fallen trees, trail erosion, and washed out bridges.

About 550 miles of the park’s hiking trails are open to horses. Horses are restricted to trails specifically designated for horse use. You can pick up an official trail map at any park visitor center or call (865) 436-0120. The cost of the map is $1.

More Information

Horse camps are open from April through October. Reservations are required and may be made for all five-horse camps through the National Park Reservation Service by calling 1-877-444-6777. Each campsite has a limit of six people and four horses. If you have more than six people or four horses, you will need to reserve more than one site. Sites vary, but generally you are permitted to have two vehicles and two trailers (horse or camping) at each site.

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