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Big Rock Dude Ranch at Ponderosa

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True mountain experience

We had a lot of fun visiting this ranch. I had read some reviews about tired horses...and it’s true... read more

Reviewed November 19, 2018
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Great experience for the whole family!

Traveling with two toddlers (3 and 2) and a newborn has made it difficult to find activities we can... read more

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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...more
909 Little Cove Rd, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863-4531
+1 865-428-9398
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Traveling with two toddlers (3 and 2) and a newborn has made it difficult to find activities we can do that are right for everyone. At first, we weren't sure what to expect and were worried our 2-yr-old would be bored while I went on...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank biancamschulte
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fun day at the ranch. We rode horses, went on ATV, went fishing, fed animals and enjoyed a beautiful day outside. Service was very friendly.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank mfbarthe
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Big Rock Dude Ranch at Ponderosa is a must go when visiting Pigeon Forge!!! This place is clean, well organized and super friendly staff. They have several activities, every one in your family will find something to do. We chose the Horseback riding. It...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank marcofroes
Reviewed November 19, 2018 via mobile

We had a lot of fun visiting this ranch. I had read some reviews about tired horses...and it’s true that the horses are trail horses so they are well trained and kinda get in that “zone.” The men handling the horses were extremely kind and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank DayTrip48520714428
Reviewed October 24, 2018 via mobile

Best place to see the mountainside on a horse! Great guides, beautiful horses, and fun petting zoo. Can’t wait to go back!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank cailalanell
Reviewed October 17, 2018 via mobile

Fun for the entire family, all ages can enjoy from a variety of activities. Try horseback riding, ATV rides, gem mining, a free petting zoo, check out the heritage museum, spend a relaxing day on the stocked fish pond (no license required) or in the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank traveler8377
Reviewed October 16, 2018 via mobile

We stopped here before even checking into our hotel in pigeon forge, the staff was awesome. Our tour guide Aaron was extremely kind (especially since it was my boyfriends first time riding), in the ticket office, Donna was super helpful and gave us a few...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank 692ryleew
Reviewed October 12, 2018 via mobile

We had a wonderful afternoon riding the horses today! I’m not an experienced rider, but I felt comfortable and we all enjoyed the ride!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank NorthStar472541
Reviewed October 10, 2018

We went to this wonderful place on September 28,2018 for my daughters 8th birthday. We had a small misunderstanding at beginning about her riding with me instead of alone which was embarrassing when a worker around the horses yelled at me in front of about...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank drrue11
Reviewed October 9, 2018

We first went there 2 years ago (my Wife and Daughter, and Myself) and had an excellent time horseback riding. So naturally we went back again this time with my Wife's Nice with us and we were not dissapointed. As before checked in Donne at...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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October 12, 2018|
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Response from TheWagnerFamily | Reviewed this property |
They have larger horses for people over 220 lbs. They also charge you alittle more $$ if you are heavier. Go early in the morning as by mid day the horses are tired and irritable.
July 13, 2018|
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Response from Mary F | Reviewed this property |
We were there in the morning. I would recommend calling them for available times.