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Big Rock Dude Ranch at Ponderosa

909 Little Cove Rd, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
865-428-9398
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Ranked #56 of 89 Attractions in Pigeon Forge
Type: Horseback Riding Stables
Owner description: Horseback Riding, Petting Zoo, Fishing Pond, Gem Mining, ATV Rides, onsite Chow-Boys Cafe & General Store Free picnic area Heritage museum.... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

The guides were friendly and funny. The prices were reasonable. Great for all ages and levels of experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

This is a great place! They were so friendly and very focused on safety, which made me feel better about our daughter going riding for the first time. The trail ride was great as well as the price. Used their number 2 special so we also were able to "mine" gems and feed the animals. Very nice place, would definitely... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

Advertised they could accept riders even over 250 pounds, so we chose this place. Upon arrival, we were told IF your weight was over 200, you had to be over 5'5". Horse rides were to go "any time", but we waited almost two hours to go and they were not that busy. Staffing was inadequate. We planned to spend part... More

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rebeccaogle43, General Manager at Big Rock Dude Ranch at Ponderosa, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review us. We're sorry we didn't meet your expectations. The reason you need to be a bit taller if you weigh over 200 lbs, is because the horses required to carry you are also bigger. Taller riders normally have longer legs which are needed to properly hold on to the horse. We don't... More

Hurt, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

our family went there last Christmas and loved it the family owned very nice will go back and recommend our friends to visit thanks Tim from The McCormicks Hurt Virginia

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Middleburg, Florida
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

I called ahead of time to make sure reservations were not necessary to ride. I was assured that rides went out every 15-20 minutes. We arrived and despite the sign on the door proclaiming "Be back in 5-10 mins" we waited for 30 minutes for someone to come back to the General Store so I could purchase a trail ticket.... More

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rebeccaogle43, General Manager at Big Rock Dude Ranch at Ponderosa, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to give us a review. We appreciate your time, as well as the fact that you chose to visit us during your vacation. Rest assured, the Emu is under veterinarian care. The Emu has a fungal disorder, and is and has been on medication. He was taken in as a rescue animal, where we,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

We recently tried the horseback riding here and our kids(age 13 and 9) loved it. We have tried several other stables in the past but our daughter keeps wanting to come back here. She rode 3 times in 5 days! Mike the guide on the trail was wonderful, I can't remember everyone elses names but they were all great. Very... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014 via mobile

We took our grand daughters there for a fishing trip and we had a blast. The girls being 4 and 5 never got bored with it because they were too busy catching fish. They loved the posting zoo add well. We will most definitely be back...The staff is awesome, and very friendly.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 via mobile

We took a horseback ride and rode ATV's! Had a blast doing both! The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. We will definitely be back and recommend anyone going to Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, or Seiverville to visit the ranch!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 via mobile

We were very pleased with our ride. It had been 20+ years since we had been on a horse so I was a little uneasy to start. Everyone there was just great! They did everything they could to make everyone comfortable. We didnt have children with us but had some in the group and I was amazed at how well... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Eel came to this place for the fishing and petting zoo. The layout was very nice. I was disappointed that they only had hot dog for bait to fish with. We did catch a few fish, but probably did better with worms. We had an overall good experience and plan to go back in the future.

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