Horseback Riding in the Smoky Mountains – My Bear Foot Cabins

Horseback Riding in the Smoky Mountains


Gatlinburg Horseback Riding
Exploring the Great Smoky Mountains on horseback is one of the most breathtaking experiences in the United States. The area has a host of wildlife and picturesque mountain scenery.

Smoky Mountain Riding Stables

Smoky Mountain Riding Stables is an authorized concessionaire of the National Park Service. The staff helps you saddle up on a well-trained horse for a 45-minute tour across 3 miles of the national park. During the ride, you ride through mountain streams and on wooded trails with an experienced guide. You could see a black bear, herd of deer, or flock of turkeys. Whether you’ve never ridden a horse before or have loads of experience, you’ll enjoy this peaceful excursion.

Sugarlands Riding Stables

Sugarlands Riding Stables offers a range of trail rides for riders of all experience levels within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The one-hour ride is 4 miles, and the 1.5-hour ride is about 6 miles. These are more suitable for novice riders. The two-hour ride is 8 miles, and the four-hour ride is 15 miles. These are more suitable for experienced riders. In any case, the guided tours are taken at a walking pace.

Pigeon Forge Horseback Riding
There are two great places that offer trail rides in Pigeon Forge: Big Rock Dude Ranch and Gold Rush Stables.

Big Rock Dude Ranch at Ponderosa

Big Rock Dude Ranch at Ponderosa offers horseback riding seven days a week in good weather. The trail is 3.5-miles.

Big Rock Dude Ranch also offers 30-minute ATV rides. You can get a combo package as well. You can also enjoy the Chow Boys Cafe, the picnic areas, gem mining, the petting zoo, the fishing pond, the general store, the Heritage Museum, and horseshoe pits.

Horseback Riding in Sevierville
Here are the main stables and ranches.

Five Oaks Riding Stables

Five Oaks Riding Stables is part of Adventure Park at Five Oaks, which offers an array of activities. The 3.5-mile trail has mountain views, streams, and a moonshine still. Also, it’s the only riding stable that allows riding for a child and adult together. The park offers zip lining, go-kart racing, laser tag, and more. You can even buy combination passes to do it all and save.

Jayell Ranch

At Jayell Ranch, you will ride through 260 acres of trees with fantastic views of the Smoky Mountains. Despite having some of the more affordable rates, the 4-mile ride takes you through historic areas. The ranch also offers zip lining, ATV rides, and extreme mountain tubing.

Deer Farm Riding Stables

Deer Farm Riding Stables is another one of the few stables that offers tandem riding for children and parents. As long as you comfortably fit in the saddle with a child and don’t exceed the 250-pound weight limit, doubling up is allowed. It’s also one of the few places that allow backpacks during the rides. Children who aren’t ready for riding full-grown horses can enjoy pony rides. There’s a petting zoo on the property as well.

More Smoky Mountain Horseback Riding
To the west of Gatlinburg are even more opportunities for Smoky Mountains horseback riding. All of them are located in the city of Townsend.

Next to Heaven Ranch

Next to Heaven Ranch offers unguided trail rides. If the scenic views that you get on horseback aren’t enough, you can check out zip-lining, too. The three trails range in length from 1,000 feet to more than 1,300 feet, so there’s an option for all ages and experience levels.

Davy Crockett Riding Stables

At Davy Crockett Riding Stables, you get guided trail rides with an equestrian professional. The rides vary in length from 30 minutes to half a day, so the prices vary as well. The shorter rides are perfect for anyone who has no experience riding horses but wants to see the beautiful mountains.

Cades Cove Riding Stables

The Cades Cove Riding Stables are a wonderful way to explore this area of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It keeps the riding groups as small as possible so you have the best experience. The rides are about one hour long. Additionally, Cades Cove Riding Stables offers 30- to 45-minute guided carriage rides and 1.5- to 3-hour guided hayrides.


My Bearfoot Cabins offers luxury and luxury plus rated cabins for peace and tranquility. We are near all your favorite venues including close entrances to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that you can explore during your stay.
Pat and Don Kirchhoefer, Owners
Phone: 618-559-3915