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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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Fun trip

Good trip for all types of riders. Horses are tame and staff is very friendly. If you're an... read more

Reviewed 6 May 2017
Melissa C
via mobile
Horseback ride or lack of

We (a group of 19 people!) drove over an hour to visit this place. Upon arrival it was rainy and... read more

Reviewed 8 April 2017
Ionia, MI
via mobile
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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 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

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

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

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.

Reviewed 23 March 2017 via mobile

Such a beautiful ride! Sarah was a great guide. Will definitely go again. Thanks for a fun experience.

Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

I am an experienced rider & have been to numerous stables in the Gatlinburg area however my sister had never sat on a horse once in her life until the day we rode at CCRS & for my mom it had been a number of...More

Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

My husband, myself and another couple really enjoyed the trail ride with Briar! Briar was informative, light hearty and funny. He told us about the park, wild life and pointed out deer and bear markings. The horses were gentle and fun to ride. This was...More

Reviewed 16 November 2016

We waited about an hour, which wasn't bad considering it was peak autumn. The ride was about an hour. We had 9 in our group and our guide was Briar, who was wonderful! He did a great job matching horses with riders according to their...More

Reviewed 10 November 2016

My friend and I went for a morning horseback ride in the woods with these guys, and it was a wonderful way to cap off our visit to the Great Smoky Mountains. It isn't possible to take the horses on the actual Cades Cove Loop...More

Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

The people in the office were the rudest people I have ever dealt with. They had no customer service experience and were very ugly towards my family, especially the bigger older lady. The older lady was just awful. We had to wait for 2 hours...More

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Questions & Answers
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.