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Big Rock Dude Ranch at Ponderosa

#5 of 12 Outdoor Activities in Pigeon Forge Features Animals
909 Little Cove Rd, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863-4531
+1 865-428-9398
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not willing to give a chance to a child with downs to go horseback riding

The lady at the check in desk pretty much told us my son with downs was not going to be able to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Trail Riding through the mountains

Enjoyable. Good instructional video prior to riding. Staff took time to make sure stirrups were... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Beth W
Greenville, Ohio
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Horseback Riding, Petting Zoo, Fishing Pond, Gem Mining, ATV Rides, onsite Chow-Boys Cafe & General Store Free picnic area Heritage museum. peace/guitet swings around the duck pond playing area kids ,Horse shoes pit.or just rocking on the General store porch.And surrounded by little cove creek to wade in.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good14%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible13%
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909 Little Cove Rd, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863-4531
+1 865-428-9398
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The lady at the check in desk pretty much told us my son with downs was not going to be able to ride their horses since he was shy and didn't want to communicate with her. Didn't even want to give him a chance to...More

1  Thank mic246812
Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyable. Good instructional video prior to riding. Staff took time to make sure stirrups were adjusted properly as well as other equipment. Nice mounting area so you do not have to get on horse from the ground. Friendly staff. Nice picture available to commerate your...More

Thank Beth W
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely the nicest people! The manger was the sweetest lady and actually sat down and talked to us. It's amazing how great they take care of their animals and are worried about their health. No place around can you fish for days on 1 price....More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were looking for a great place to go horse back riding as well as ride ATV's through the mountains and we found it. The horse back riding was nice but our favorite part was by far the ATV adventure. It was lots of fun....More

Thank Bridgette J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Pretty views, horses were tired though! My husband and I are in the area on vacation. I thought horseback riding would be a good idea, so after a little research, we chose Ponderosa. We were the last ones for the day and all the horses...More

Thank TravelPartners7680
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

They say the have large horses for bigger riders, and when you get their tell you an excuse for not having those horses available. We drove an hour and a half for nothing, woke up at 630 in the morning so we could be there...More

Thank eightbelles5308
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We choose this particular dude ranch because they could accommodate my 6'7" husband. I called the day before and Mrs. Donna just told me to come early because the big horses get done earlier than the others so we were there by 8:40 or so....More

Thank Amanda B
Reviewed 17 July 2017

My sons (7 and 9) and I have ridden with Big Rock two years in a row: 2016 and 2017. We had a great time both times, riding the trail, fishing and feeding the animals. Will most likely return in 2018 as well.

1  Thank Rob H
Reviewed 14 July 2017

“Unauthentic tourist trap” Pending review The trouble started upon arrival. There was only one employee in the shop and 50-75 people waiting to get waivers or pay. It was so unorganized. We had to wait in line twice one to pick up waivers then again...More

1  Thank Ckenn J
Reviewed 13 July 2017

I hate to give such a low review but unfortunately I can't make it any better. First of all I am a normal sized woman (not too big, not too small). They put me on a huge horse, a percheron. I have only ever ridden...More

2  Thank mooshkimu
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Christine J
12 August 2017|
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Response from Ashley O | Reviewed this property |
In other words, as long as there are no tornadoes or something serious, they should be open.
29 May 2017|
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Response from | Reviewed this property |
Bass, bluegill, and catfish
Dmitri-Mary Y
28 November 2016|
Response from Christina C | Reviewed this property |
I'm not positive but i saw a child approximately 2 yrs old riding with his mom.