Horseback Riding in the Smoky Mountains – My Bear Foot Cabins

Horseback Riding in the Smoky Mountains


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

Goldrush Stables & Stage Lines

Goldrush Stables invites you to bring your family and friends and come ride the trails! Our beautiful horseback riding trail will take you across a creek, through the pasture, along a ridge and through the forest. With views of the Great Smoky Mountains, Dollywood and Dolly’s Dream More resort. Our trails offer gentle hills, pastures, wooded areas and a shallow creek. Each of our horseback riding trails are natural trails, making for a more authentic ride and less disturbance to wildlife habitat. Come take a horseback ride in the Smokies with Goldrush and see what you’ve been missing!

2202 Goldrush Rd, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
Phone: 865-365-5894

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
There is an ongoing investigation by the State of Tennessee into Jayell Ranch for animal cruelty. Please do not patronize the ranch until the investigation is complete and more is known about the situation. August, 2023

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.

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.


Sugarlands Stables

So many people have been asking about Sugarlands Stables. They do have a website, but it really isn’t very user friendly. Click on the green letters and see if it has been updated to a more friendly experience. The riding is great and I know they will welcome you.

This stable has been a favorite to so many and is now under new managers. Don’t hesitate to contact them.

1409 Parkway, Gatlinburg


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