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Big Rock Dude Ranch at Ponderosa

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Address: 909 Little Cove Rd, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863-4531
Phone Number: 865-428-9398
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Horseback Riding, Petting Zoo, Fishing Pond, Gem Mining, ATV Rides, onsite...

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.

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We didn't know what to expect when we arrived, we didn't book but this was not an issue. We had three riding horses and 3 riding ATV's... They did us a deal but still fairly... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Fribrishire
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Grays Thurrock, United Kingdom
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Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We specifically chose this place for our vacation based on comparing to other stables. I did not realize that I would be placed on a scale to ride a horse! It was very Embarrassing and Degrading!! It was noted that they do accept heavier riders when horses are available. We were told to call the next day after Being Weighed... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I had such a great time here! The horse ride was really pretty and the guide was perfect, talking just enough but not too much so we still had the feel of being just a couple. The animals there are exotic and fun to feed. Only a few things that we did not enjoy such as the... More 

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Grays Thurrock, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We didn't know what to expect when we arrived, we didn't book but this was not an issue. We had three riding horses and 3 riding ATV's... They did us a deal but still fairly expensive with a forced 10 dollar tip ( strangely the horse riders also tipped again and no one refused and said it was in the... More 

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Maquoketa, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My daughter and I had a really fun time! The staff were very friendly as well. Since my daughter was 5 and had never ridden a horse before they put her in the front with the guide holding a rope to her horse. My daughter felt very safe and the guide and her kept talking and singing the entire ride.... More 

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Windsor, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A group of friends visiting the Gatlinburg area decided to go horseback riding. We did some research, and because of the brochure which advertised that they could accommodate larger riders we chose this place. Again, per advertised instructions, we called ahead to inquire as to whether or not they would be able to accommodate 3 larger persons. Even though we... More 

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Thank Robert J
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had a great time here on vacation, the small brown pony they have loves to ham it up by using his leg to tap the gate for more food. It worked pretty well. The staff was great and the animals seemed well cared for.

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Thank Spencer N
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My kids did horseback riding. Prices are reasonable and the horses are very well trained. Staff was very friendly and the animals were very well kept and happy. We will be back!

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Thank happytraveler52787
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I found this place by reviewing other stables that had bad experiences and recommended here. I was in heaven. My husband and I cannot wait to go back and take our daughter with us. The trail ride was nice and long. The Pond for fishing was beautiful. The geese were an amazing site. I loved feeding so many different animals.... More 

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Thank stina021
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2016 via mobile

Horrible treatment as we were arabs! They were so racist and tried to fool us with money and took extra for no reason. Also, my nephew was 7 yrs old and they didnt allow him to get along with any of his parents, although they allowed a whole family after us with kids his age to ride on their own!... More 

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Springfield, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2016 via mobile

My daughter enjoyed the ride and loved the scenery. The ranch makes it much easier for novice riders to mount their horses, by having a ramp that brings you up to the level of the horse, so that you don't have to lift yourself up into the saddle.

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