French Broad River Outpost Ranch

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Stefan Iovanescu
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Great Dude Ranch! Amazing Family Vacation!
Aug 2020
My family and I had a great time at the French Broad Ranch. It is located in a very beautiful area with a view of the mountains and a river nearby, along with beautiful stretched out fields and trails that you will go through with your horses. The construction of the ranch is straight out of an old western movie, even including a saloon where you will go to see and hear bluegrass and country musicians on Fridays. Activities range from, horseback riding, to cattle drives and rafting, along with many more that keep you busy and having fun.The rooms were very clean with a rustic western touch, and when you wake up in the morning you are greeted with a nice sunrise, and view of the Smoky Mountains. The food was very good and the staff was very helpful and kind. The owners Shawn and Jo Ann work very hard to keep you happy and help you get the best out of your vacation. Shawn is a great horseback riding teacher and does an amazing job at explaining how you should handle your horse. Leaving the ranch we are all confident in our horseback riding abilities and can see a big difference from when we first arrived to when we left. We would recommend this ranch to anybody who wants to have a vacation or great time in Tennessee. Thank you to Shawn, Jo Ann and the staff for a wonderful time! ~From Dan, Mimi, Stefan, & Diana
Written August 16, 2020
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Dana H
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Memorable Family Getaway!
Jul 2020 • Family
I can’t say enough about how wonderful this trip was for my family. Sean and Jo Ann, the owners of the ranch, are so involved in every aspect of this week long adventure. It is so evident how much they care about not only their animals, but also about their guests. We are not “horse people” but my family of 5 genuinely grew to love our horses that we adopted for the week. Every part of this getaway was an adventure, from the trail rides, to the tubing in the French Broad River. Sean and Jo Ann, and the rest of the staff, foster a family atmosphere amongst their guests and we got to know some really kind people during our stay. It is so much fun to get out for the day, get really dirty, and return to a room that is immaculate to get cleaned up for the evening fun. I couldn’t recommend this getaway enough.
Written July 25, 2020
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Tracy P
Roanoke, VA31 contributions
Family fun
Sep 2019 • Friends
This family run ranch in Tennessee offered a unique experience. If you're looking to be immersed from step one, this is your kind of ranch. From fetching your horse out in a pasture, to grooming and tacking up, to a group lesson day 2, you're completely involved. The horses were perfect angels. With the first ladies week ever, there was alot of fun with areas of opportunity for future ladies weeks.
Written December 10, 2019
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Ailene C
Commerce Township, MI6 contributions
Awesome ranch in Tennessee
Aug 2019 • Friends
We took our family to the del Rio ranch in August and we had the best time. We were 6. Us and our 4 adult kids. Shawn, Joanne and Debbie took real good care of us all week. We all stayed in the saloon, super clean rooms. We rode every day, did a cattle drive, enjoyed the pool, went fishing, rafting and tubing. Our family style meals were great while enjoying the company of other guests. We had so much fun with the the blue grass band we joined them with our homemade percussion instruments (a washboard, tin cup and moonshine jug). We cant stop talking about the trip.
Written September 3, 2019
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2 contributions
Awesome for the whole family!!
Jun 2019 • Family
We took our family to the dude ranch earlier this month. We have 4 children who are 22, 20, 15 and 5 years old. We weren’t sure if this would be good for the whole family so we did the 3 night stay but we regretted only staying 3 nights!! We had such an amazing time we really wish we had stayed for a week!! The food is fabulous!! JoAnn who owns the ranch with her husband Shawn did the cooking and she is THE BEST cook!! It’s some of the best food we have ever eaten! And she bends over backward to serve you and make you feel at home!! The activities we were able to do were fun for our whole family from trail riding to tubing, a cattle drive and supper ride we all had such a blast and we watched our 5 year old do things we never thought he would do!! But Shawn, JoAnn and everyone who works at eh ranch went out of their way to accommodate us and to make sure our little guy was able to do everything with us! Everyone who works there works so hard and makes sure you feel at home and get the best experience from your trip!! It is truly one of the best trips we have ever taken. Wonderful balance between activities and down time as a family! We can’t wait to go back! Highly recommend!!
Written June 28, 2019
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1 contribution
Family Fun every day
May 2019 • Family
We had a great dude ranch experience at the French Broad River Outpost Ranch. The horses are extremely well trained and can take and level of rider on the trail rides - from no experience to experience rider, the horses are safe and good minded. The mountain dinner ride was super, the team penning so much fun, and the white water rafting an adventure. The rooms were super cute and the food excellent. We will be back!
Written May 29, 2019
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2 contributions
AWESOME vacation!!
Nov 2018 • Couples
We purchased a Travelzoo certificate and visited the Ranch in November 2018. We had the best vacation ever!! No cell phone, no television. Staff was excellent. Food was too good!! Always enough food and a great balance with healthy menus I would rate this vacation a perfect 10 on a scael of 1-5. We will be back with the rest of the family.
Written November 14, 2018
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Suwanee, GA15 contributions
Great Experience for a couple or a family or friends
Oct 2018 • Couples
I found the deal on Travelzoo for October 2018. (There is a tip around $160 added to the $499 package of 3 days and 2 nights) I.have not ridden a horse for 30 years or more as well as my husband 70 and 68 yrs old. The scenery was breathtaking. The facility was well built with authentic pioneer music while eating very robust meals and desserts. There were 8 people: dad & daughter,(a delightful 11 yr old), mom & daughter (older), us and a another couple. We were all staying different days. The fire pit that night with s'mores was fun. On the second day, the owner gave us important, entertaining, specific safety instructions on how to ride a horse and how to react to a horses ( all Arabians) under different scenarios. Then we went to the field and carefully haltered our horses and led theim to the front of the barn for the brushing & saddle routine. It had rained earlier so I was concerned about the horses sliding in the mud. We put the western saddles on our horses, (they bridled them) and off we went in line to the dusty, wet trail. We stuck to the less muddy trail then returned and did the same routine with your horse and had another robust lunch. A couple of hours later, we repeated the same routine to go "round up the little doggies" (19 head of cattle). We were given specific positions to perform our task. After returning the herd to the pasture (over an hour), we returned to the barn and repeated the same routine with our new horse friends. That night after dinner, we all went to the upstairs entertainment room with pool, air hockey, and foosball. We all enjoyed each others company. Two more females appeared from NC that night. I was disappointed that there was not entertainment and square dancing in the salon or a fire in the large fireplace. This facility is very clean, well built and western, rustic decor (I couldn't find a hairdryer. We left the next morning, after another delicious breakfast with new friends, great memories, and another check off of our bucket list. NO WIFI of CELL PHONES, NO TV. Great reading material,
Written November 2, 2018
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Catherine Moss
Montrose, Pennsylvania, United States90 contributions
Authentic Dude Ranch East of the Rockies!
Jun 2018 • Family
I don't even know where to start!
The beautiful area, the incredible French Broad River or the terrific vacation we had at the French Broad River Outpost Ranch...

From the time we landed to the time we left ... it was an amazing family vacation... Horses, Cattle, Donkeys braying and the great folks who own and run the ranch... the wranglers, the chef, the cowgirls...
Everything is WONDERFUL!! No cell service ( our 12yr old girls did have melt downs at first ) but by the 2nd day we were reading Cowboy Poetry at night ... No TV, no phones, no kidding...we had a marvelous time... The food is plentiful, delicious, nutritious and varied... and the chef does a mean pork breaded cutlet. White water rafting and cattle herding is a real treat if you have not seen or done it before. I'd like to personally thank Sean, Joann & Autumn for the service and kindness shown to us.. We felt like family.... Sean is a master horse man and will give you the confidence to ride that horse like a Rodeo Queen!!

I cannot say enough flattering things about the Ranch... you'll just have to go and have the most authentic dude ranch this side of the Rockies and experience authentic Dude Ranch living for yourself.
Written June 30, 2018
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Linda M
Charlotte, NC9 contributions
Jun 2018 • Friends
A wonderful, relaxing experience at the ranch. The food is delicious, the staff is friendly, accommodating and the accomodations are adorable. The owners are lovely people, who interact with guests on activities like riding. There are so many things to do- walking, riding, rafting or visiting nearby Asheville or charming Hot Springs. It was one of the best trips ever!
Written June 11, 2018
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