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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
Review Highlights
Great ride with great people

The people here really take care of the horses and the riders. They are all very knowledgeable and... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Noblesville, Indiana
Try the hayride!

Tues/Wed/Thur during the summer, the park offers a 5pm hayride departing from the stables that goes... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Sara I
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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 3 days 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 days 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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago 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.

Thank Nicole T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

We (a group of 19 people!) drove over an hour to visit this place. Upon arrival it was rainy and they said they were on a 30 minute delay due to thunder. They suggested we drive the Cades Cove loop while we waited and they...More

2  Thank lcpalmer2003
Reviewed 28 March 2017

Cades Cove is a special place that provides so much! We did the horseback riding and got a true personal one of a kind experience. The ride was enjoyable for beginners and experienced. Micheal and Meeko couldn't have provided a more enjoyable ride through the...More

Thank Kaitlyn J
Reviewed 24 March 2017 via mobile

We had a great time there. We will definitely come back to enjoy this experience. Melvin was a great guide. Hands down he made it worth it.

Thank Buddy W
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
About how long does the guided horseback tour last?
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
What do you see on the horseback ride and the carriage rides? Is it anything different than you see driving the loop? It sounds like the hay riDE is just going around the regular loop.
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
Do they have ponies for small children to ride?
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.