Get back to nature in breathtaking natural surroundings as you follow in the footsteps of a modern day cowboy. Experience all aspects of ranching, from cattle herding to trail riding, on a western style adventure, set against the stunning backdrop of the Great Smokey Mountains.
Everything is included on this three day dude ranch experience, including all meals, use of the horses, expert instruction and a whole heap of amazing activities. You’ll step back in time to the Pioneer era and learn the ropes on a working cattle ranch, alongside passionate instructors eager to share their knowledge with you. With an emphasis on fun, you’ll take part in activities including cattle penning and pistol shooting and you’ll also be able to hone your riding skills on a variety of picturesque guided horseback trails. During your stay, you’ll also have the opportunity to take part in a scenic white water rafting adventure, suitable for all ages and abilities.
Good old fashioned hospitality, dedicated guides and a chance to slow down the pace to a bygone era make this dude ranch adventure one of the best Western experiences in the East!
Set against spectacular scenery, the dude ranch features its very own Western style town, including a 1200 sq ft dining room, 800 sq ft kitchen, 300 sq ft TV and library room and an upstairs dance room where the live bluegrass band plays. There is also a 500 sq ft saloon with an outside covered deck.
You'll enjoy great meals from breakfast to supper. Grill Steaks, chicken, turkey, and pork are just a few of the main entrees served each week, complemented by mashed potatoes, sauteed vegetables, homemade breads and delicious desserts.
You’ll enjoy everything a Dude Ranch has to offer during your three day stay including exciting and authentic ranch activities, horseback riding, white water rafting, fishing, and working with cattle on horseback. You don't have to do all of the activities and can enjoy as little or as much as you choose.
On arrival you’ll have a chance to explore the facilities and settle in. Dinner is at 6pm with activities organized afterwards.
Monday: Breakfast is at 8:00am. After breakfast, everyone is assigned a group for the morning corral orientation and rides. The first ride is the blue trail which lasts 45 minutes and takes place by the river on mostly flat terrain. After lunch, most groups will follow the green trail with one group staying back to drive the cattle up. Supper is at 6pm followed by team penning. Team penning is a rodeo game in which three guests try to pen up to 3 cows into the box. You can go from a walk or trot up to a short gallop during team penning, but it’s up to you how fast you go. Team penning is the #1 guest favorite activity!
Tuesday: After breakfast most guests will go on the White trail which climbs to about 800 feet in elevation from the lodge and lasts about 1.5 hours. During this time, up to 10 guests will help move the cattle back the the lower end of the ranch. After lunch, everyone is invited to take part in a whitewater raft trip, which has rapids from class I to III and is considered a family trip. The raft trip lasts from 1.5 to 2.5 hours depending on water levels at the time of the trip.
In the afternoon, there’s time to enjoy another trail ride. Supper comes at 6pm and afterwards, everyone has the opportunity to participate in pioneer games. For those aged 18 years and older, there will be an opportunity to shoot black powder pistols at fixed balloons.
Wednesday: Breakfast followed by check out