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Big Rock Dude Ranch at Ponderosa

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Address: 909 Little Cove Rd, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
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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Horseback riding

My family visited the ranch in July 2016. The ranch was nice, with a general store, petting zoo and fishing pond. We arrived around 12:30pm, parked and looked around. We... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Doogie124
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Sanford, Florida
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Sanford, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My family visited the ranch in July 2016. The ranch was nice, with a general store, petting zoo and fishing pond. We arrived around 12:30pm, parked and looked around. We decided to do just the horseback riding. When we paid, we were told the wait would be about 30 mins since there was a rain storm coming and they were... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My family of four were the first to arrive at opening. The staff member did not leave a positive impression as she wanted to determine who could ride by eyeballing them instead of asking for weight or using a scale. I am the heaviest in my party and weigh about 15 pounds below the websites advertised limit of 250. Initially... More 

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Gulf Breeze, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We arrived around 11:30 for our ride. They do not take reservations, so it is first come first serve. We were told it would be about an hour and a half wait, so we got some food to feed the local animals. Their system for tracking the next riders is not the best, it was difficult to understand what number... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The ATV ride was sooooo fun! I would not advise a person who is afraid of being high on the mountain on one to go... We had a blast. I can't wait to come back again. The horseback ride is nice and slow but the scenery is lovely!

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Laurel, Mississippi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our family has ridden horses many times in many different locations and this was THE BEST EXPERIENCE EVER!! The guide, Gordy, was great. Thanks for a super day!! Mark, who was in charge of the barn, was excellent!!!!!!! It was super clean, the horses were healthy, and Mark kept everything running smoothly. We WILL be back and will encourage our... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great family outing! Me and my girls rode horses while my husband and son rode the ATV's. They had a great time! Staff was friendly and horses were sweet! The only downside was when you purchase your tickets, they are a bit pushy about purchasing hats, etc. overall it was a beautiful ride through the mountains!!

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We took our kids to the Big Rock Dude Ranch to do some gem mining. The price for the gem mining was $12 for one bag or $20 for two bags. Our young kids had a great time mining for gems in their water flume. When my husband went into the General Store to pay for the bags of gems,... More 

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Port Charlotte, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful, clean grounds! All the staff were amazing! Friendly, knowledgable, and fun! The horses were VERY well taken care of! Our guide was awesome, the trail ride up the mountain was beautiful and had rails on the edge. Defiantly a MUST on your trip!

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Thank danelady6
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Best Riding facility I've ever been to! The horses are well cared for. Everything is clean and neatly manicured. Petting zoo was very cute. The staff was friendly and courteous. We will definitely be visiting again.

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Thank Lori S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The ranch is an awesome place for family and friends my 6yr old loved horse back riding through the mountain. The workers there are extremely friendly and very hospitable they make you fell welcomed. And the one guy there mark does an outstanding job keeping the stables and horses looking amazing!!!

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