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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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Great experience

We went twice. First with Briar, then Sarah. Horses were great. Fun trip. We'll be back for sure... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Jacky C
via mobile
Wonderful experience, almost magical

Our guides, Sarah & Salem, were amazing. I was so scared, hadn't been on a horse in 14 years. The... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Gamaliel, Kentucky
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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 6 days ago via mobile

We went twice. First with Briar, then Sarah. Horses were great. Fun trip. We'll be back for sure. Price was fair too. Briar catered perfectly to everyone and had great conversations with the group, told stories, even saw a bear climb a tree. Sarah was...More

Thank Jacky C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our guides, Sarah & Salem, were amazing. I was so scared, hadn't been on a horse in 14 years. The manager Leon was so reassuring and made it much easier. These horses are gorgeous, absolutely babied by the staff, and perfect for any level riders....More

Thank ARyherdBrown
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a terrific stale that is well run and caters to each riders ability. We were met with smiles each time we visited. Edward, stable manager, and all the guides and staff were super positive and friendly. Along the trail they take the time...More

Thank patjoenkids
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The people here really take care of the horses and the riders. They are all very knowledgeable and we felt safe and comfortable the entire time. Its a great place for first time riders and note that its the only stable that has horses big...More

Thank paigegarcia87
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Tues/Wed/Thur during the summer, the park offers a 5pm hayride departing from the stables that goes around Cades Cove. It is a 2 hour ride and won't disappoint! We had 3 Park Rangers along for the ride that talked about the history of the park,...More

Thank Sara I
Reviewed 12 June 2017

My family and I rode on the carriage with Curtis and then rode horses on the trail with Michael. They were both excellent guides. They told us about the area and were very entertaining and friendly. We enjoyed our day with the horses in beautiful...More

Thank Bridget A
Reviewed 11 June 2017

We brought our two oldest grandchildren, ages 6 and 3, to the Smokies for a week. Leon, Julie, Joseph, Curtis, and Brittany took great care of us. They were very kind and especially attentive to our little ones, teaching them some things about the park...More

Thank Deborah L
Reviewed 7 June 2017 via mobile

We have two boys, ages 11 and 8. Being from a big city, this was a great first horseback riding experience for them. Every employee we encountered was super friendly and had our safety as a number one priority.

1  Thank Nicole T
Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed the ride , the staff was pleased and friendly. Your horse is assigned based on skill level and pretty much the horses know the trail is like driving in cruise control.

Thank Futbolking
Reviewed 6 May 2017 via mobile

Good trip for all types of riders. Horses are tame and staff is very friendly. If you're an experienced rider this might be a little boring but it's a relaxing ride and gives you a chance to see the sites without hiking it all on...More

1  Thank Melissa C
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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
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
8 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.