Smokemont Riding Stables
Smokemont Riding Stables
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Horseback Riding Tours
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Smokemont Riding Stables is located within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park just off US 441, 6 miles north of Cherokee, North Carolina. We offer guided horseback riding trips from one hour to 4 hours long. Each ride is unique and may feature river crossing or waterfall views. We also have a horse drawn wagon ride that goes along the Oconaluftee River on the historic turnpike road.
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Rachel T
39 contributions
Family
I found this place by chance when we were staying in Sevierville and so happy I did. We had booked a reservation for a more local stable but I really wanted to ride thru the Smokey Mountains. This was a hidden gem. Less expensive than the tourist trap places in the pigeon forge area, took reservations and weight limit was a little higher than others (240lbs). My husband is tall and strong! The guide led my six year old’s horse by a lead rope held while riding his horse but she still felt like she was riding “on her own”. Its not listed on the website and not posted all around but tips are appreciated. We booked an hour trip and ended up on a private family ride.
Written August 13, 2022
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Travelshock
Aventura, FL3 contributions
Solo
If I could give 10 stars I would! Great experience! This company is so professional. Family has been in Smokies for 200 years and in the riding stable business for several generations! I learned all about the dedication of the family to this business from Kody, my guide. He was such a class act gentleman and really made me feel safe as we climbed up to Chasteen’s Creek waterfall on a 6 mile ride. It was spectacular and my horse was so well behaved; I did not need to do much but just the ride! If you want to do horseback riding in the Smokies, look no further, you will not be disappointed!
Written September 4, 2021
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Kiernan A
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Family
Our 3-generation family, age 12 to 70, had a fabulous time on the 2.5 hour waterfall trail ride. There was a larger group, but the 4 of us had a guide to ourselves, so it felt like a private group ride. Our guide, Dawson, was an absolute delight! He is extremely knowledgeable about local flora and fauna, as a student of Natural Resources, and impressed my retired-forester father by pointing out all the tree species. He was helpful, engaging, and kept the 12 year old entertained. The scenery is phenomenal, riding along the Bradly fork of the Oconaluftee River. I would highly recommend adding this adventure to your trip to the Great Smoky Mountains!
Written October 20, 2021
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Holly R
Rienzi, MS27 contributions
My husband and I take a horse ride on every trip we take. This year we selected Smokemont Riding Stables and they didn't disappoint. The trail was beautiful and the waterfall at the end of the trail was gorgeous. The only thing I would recommend they change is a different path coming back to allow riders to experience more of the beautiful scenery. Also, when taking pictures, places the horses beside each other for a better picture and where both riders are easily seen rather than one behind the other. Overall, this was a wonderful experience and one I would definitely recommend to horse riding lovers.
Written October 10, 2020
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Kathryn023
United States2 contributions
Family
Be aware that it rains relatively often in this area in the summer and you are riding rain or shine. Unfortunately, we hit a heavy rainstorm, which was fine and we kept riding for about an hour until it started to thunder. The horses started to freak so we were required to stop. The guides told us we had to wait out the storm at the stop-no shelter and still raining and it was cold. About 20 minutes of waiting and no end in sight, the guides started to correspond with the owners/management about if they were going to stop the ride and we were going to be picked up. They mentioned we would get half the deposit back. My family (2 kids and 2 adults) decided regardless we wanted to end the ride along with another couple because now we have been in the soaking cold rain for 1hr 30 mins and it was still thundering and we were not risking getting back in the horses who were freaked out already. We had to walk about a mile down the mountain dodging horse poop and mud. Finally, we were picked up and brought back to stable. We inquired about our partial refund and we were told absolutely not since we could have stuck out the weather and eventually resume the ride. I guess they don’t care it was dangerous to resume the ride and they sure didn’t care that their clients had to sit in the miserable cold rain because they didn’t want to pull the plug on the ride. If they pull the plug in the ride, they have to offer a refund, so they are extremely reluctant to do so......regardless of safety and making sure it’s a pleasurable experience. The ride up was pretty but became a bit boring an hour in after looking at the same scenery. Way too expensive for what we got.
Written July 11, 2020
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Mark and Linda
Fuquay-Varina, NC4 contributions
Front office staff pleasant, patient, and my phone reservation easy. Orientation a pleasant experience. Guide helpful, caring, and observant. Took the 2.5 hours ride which I would say was overpriced due to the lack of diversity on the trail ride. Wanted to cross stream, but did not and from what I gathered later, that was only done on the 1 hr. ride. Was eager to get some pictures of my fellow riders riding which usually is possible on a trail with a few curves or switchbacks, which puts you broadside with other riders, but this trail for the most part was straight, and unfortunately, the same straight trail all the way back to the stables. Waterfall was modest and beautiful, but was hoping for more.
Written September 8, 2020
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sconte
Florida307 contributions
First time riding horses in the GSMNP and it was a wonderful way to really see the park. When hiking, we're so busy watching our feet, that we miss a lot of the beauty until we remember to stop and look. So my husband and I are by no means experienced riders. I was a little nervous when I mounted Rocky, but soon relaxed and was able to enjoy the ride. Rocky was easy to handle, although he did not stay the required 10 feet behind the horse in front which made me nervous, so I periodically had to try and hold him back. We had about 8 people in our group with one guide in the front. I was second to last. The guide (don't remember his name) stopped every few minutes to make sure we all stayed together. Personally, I would have liked a second guide in the back as well just incase something went wrong, it would have been nice to have a guide closer. We opted for the 2.5 hour waterfall ride with was beautiful. Beautiful clear day, sunny and the trail was dry for the most part. We took a break at the waterfall for a few minutes and then hopped back on for the ride back (along the same trail). About 10 min from the end, something spooked a horse 2 in front of me. I thought he stumbled, so I was very careful taking my horse through the area and had no problem. My husband's horse, however, must have been spooked by the same thing because he bolted for a second. No harm though. Husband didn't fall. All in all a beautiful ride, but people need to remember, these are horses and no matter how experienced they are, and tame, they're animals. People have to respect that. Horses stumble (mine did once or twice), and things can spook them. Don't miss this beautiful opportunity to see the park, but always remember it's not a walk around a corral. The 2.5 hour was great, although my butt was sore. I also have back issues, and it was a little bit sore after. The staff was great.
Written November 3, 2021
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Rebecca Smith
3 contributions
Friends
I love this place. I have been up to Smokemont almost every weekend while I'm on a temporary work assignment in Asheville. The guides are friendly and the horses are some of the best to ride. I recommend it to anyone who is looking for a great way to see the Smokies on horse back
Written July 26, 2020
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Leeanna
New Smyrna Beach, FL16 contributions
Friends
We took the 2 1/2 hour ride which was perfect. Our guide, Buck, was full of information about the area and made sure we had an enjoyable ride. The horses are well cared for. I’m just not sure there are enough to keep them rotated given how many people were riding with us, how many before and how many that were waiting when we came back. Busiest time of the year. All of the staff were professional.
Written October 16, 2021
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Cheryl M
Birch Run, MI8 contributions
Family
This was the best. We were able to see the beautiful mountain side. Ask for the guide named Brad, he was so informative and even gave us more ideas to do outside. Hiking and waterfalls. If we are ever down that way again we will be doing the longer rides.
Written April 3, 2022
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