I recently surprised my wife on her birthday with a night at the Pisgah View Ranch. We stayed in one of the log cabins (Dogwood) and found it to be clean and well furnished with a great front porch complete with rocking chairs and tables. The first day we went hiking on "Mary's Trail" and picked wild black berries and raspberries along the way. We then visited the original 1790 ranch cabin which now serves as a museum. That evening we had a great dinner, served family style, seated with some very nice guests from Atlanta and California. The rash of thunderstorms we have been having interrupted our after supper swim and the campfire activities but the staff fired up the fireplace in the ranch house so the young guests could still make their smores. After a good nights rest, we went on the late morning (10:30 a.m.) ride along with the same folks we had dinner with the night before. The horses were great and the trails were beautiful The ranch offers two morning rides and two afternoon rides to accommodate the schedules of the guests. Even if you don't ride horses, there is a lot to do at this beautiful ranch getaway (check out all the amenities at their website). I heard that the Pisgah View Ranch was once the premier place to visit in WNC, with lines of locals standing outside on Sundays just to have lunch there, until the owner died and the ranch fell into disrepair under the management of someone outside the Davis/Cogburn family. Now that the Cogburn family is again directly involved in the day to day running of the ranch, I feel confident that the ranch (open to the public in 1941) will be operating for many, many years to come. Also, Cindy Cogburn and the rest of the staff, including the cook, waitress and wranglers are very friendly. If you want a dude ranch experience and don't have the time or finances to travel to AZ, TX, NM or other place out west, or if you are just looking for a quiet getaway, I think you will enjoy this ranch.
- Also Known As:
- Pisgah View Ranch Hotel Candler
- Pisgah View Hotel
- Pisgah View Ranch Candler