Smoky Mountain Deer Farm & Exotic Petting Zoo

Smoky Mountain Deer Farm & Exotic Petting Zoo

Smoky Mountain Deer Farm & Exotic Petting Zoo
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
About
Welcome to the Smoky Mountain Deer Farm and Exotic Petting Zoo & Deer Farm Riding Stables. You’re going to love our unique barnyard environment, nestled on 143 acres of a beautiful mountain property. Bring the family to meet, pet and feed our friendly animals, including goats, deer, camels, elk, reindeer, emu, zebra, exotic cattle, watusi, zonkeys, and so much more! You can even walk amongst our tame fallow deer. After the zoo, the little ones can enjoy a ride on one of our gentle ponies, led by Mom or Dad. Or, the whole family can take a relaxing horseback ride through our wooded Smoky Mountain home, led by our courteous and experienced guides. We hope to see you soon!
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • CoconutTelegraph
    North Wildwood, New Jersey177 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice way to spend the afternoon - baby goats!!!!
    Always wanted to visit here while in east Tennessee. This time around we finally managed to get there. There was a line out the door, and while you waited to get in staff provided information on what you would feed each animal and told you a bit about them. Once inside each of us purchased food and an apple and headed out to the pens. We stopped by the rabbit, but were distracted by the goats, so it didn't take long to head over there. Be sure to leave the feed cup outside! They goats (and deer) know the cups! They did mention to look for the umbilical cord on the really young babies and not to pick those up. After the goats, we stopped at the deer. They are really motivated by that cup, so again - make sure to leave it outside. We went around 1:00, so the camel was out of food for the day, but you could give him hay. It's a really nice time to walk around, and staff are friendly and knowledgeable. I'd visit again.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 17, 2023
  • TB
    Key West, Florida7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Experience!
    We have visited this zoo multiple occasions. Our autistic son loves all the animals. This time was a little different. My mom who had also visited before passed out on us toward the end of our visit. This was new for her so it was very scary. The owner come out offered assistance, brought water, ice packs, and checked on us several times. I appreciate their kindness. For the zoo part! It is fun as always before we had the excitement of my mother passing out.!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 26, 2023
  • Roberson
    Mississippi189 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Goats!
    Loved our visit. Staff is so nice. Lots of animals to see and feed. My favorite was the baby goats. The deer are beautiful to see also. Please come visit and help support these animals.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 8, 2023
  • Shaun
    Louisville, Kentucky4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Horseback Riding and Petting Zoo
    Kelli was our horseback tour guide and she made it a wonderful experience for my girlfriend and I. We did the 45 minute trail, very beautiful and the horses were well behaved! We had Darling and Romeo and they were amazing, very good at listening and made the first time very comfortable. The Petting zoo was amazing as well! The goats were so nice and cute and so were all the other animals! Would love to visit again!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 7, 2023
  • Richard
    Florida99 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you love feeding animals!
    This place was a blast. It cost $84 for 4 of us to enter, 4 large cups of food, and 4 apples. They have a wide variety of animals to feed/pet. Rabbits, turkey, emu, deer, longhorns, zebra, horse, donkey, zonkey, Sitka, elk, llama, ostrich, goats, and my favorite, the camels. The 7 year old large camel named Larry was the best even though the employee said he was temperamental. It was a lot of fun feeding the animals and interacting with them. Kids will love it and adults too.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 28, 2024
  • HeW
    Attica, Michigan247 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing
    Loved this place. It was so cool how you could feed all the animals and even pet a zebra. Only thing that worried me was the turkeys feet. They were huge and owning turkeys for awhile I have never seen anything like it. They should definately be looked at by a vet
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 30, 2024
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LENNY C
Cincinnati, OH34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020 • Family
We love this place! Fun petting zoo where you can feed and interact with all kinds of animals. Our son loved holding the baby goats and feeding the camels. We took tons of great pictures. Admission is under $15 for adults and a large feed cup is just $3.25. We didn’t check out the riding stables but we heard others visitors talking about how great that was too. Great deal and lots of fun!
Written May 24, 2020
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Matthew R
Hershey, PA28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
We did both the zoo and the riding:
Petting Zoo - a lot of fun for the little kids. we were the first group of the day so the animals were really excited (I'll say men probably want to be careful in the goat pen as a lot of them jump and try to put their front hooves in exactly the wrong place...). The baby emu was so cute! you get a big cup of food given the price so we were able to feed a little to every animal for a fair cost. If you have kids under 10 this is definitely worth a visit
Riding - trail was gorgeous and horses were generally well behaved. Guide was very nice and good with the kids/first-timers. I'd say maybe avoid if it looks like the weather is going to turn on you though: they send you out regardless which if it was just rain wouldn't be a big deal but we had a big thunderclap/lightning strike on the trail and 4 of the 7 horses reared up/bolted. Fortunately no one was thrown/hurt but it was as much luck as anything.
Overall though both activities were great.
Written July 27, 2020
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Captain America
Orlando, FL28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Family
While looking through one of the discount coupon books, we found a discount coupon for the petting zoo. Our daughter loves deer and saw we could feed and pet deer along with horses, camels, zebra, emus, goats, and a whole lot more. I looked it up on line and decided to do it. It was one of the main highlights of our trip. Our teenage son didn’t want to go because it as “childish”, and even he admitted he had a great time! The price of admission does not cover the food, but the food is very reasonable to buy ($3.50ish) and refills are half off. The staff was extremely helpful and friendly, and they had staff making upgrades throughout the park. Highly recommended!

Tip: Don’t wear good clothing of shoes, especially on a wet day.
Written November 17, 2020
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Sacha P
Byron, Illinois4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
Had a great time on the hour trail ride. Candace was a wonderful guide! She was very considerate of the horses and took good care of myself and my daughter. Definitely would recommend calling ahead of time to make reservations as they are taking smaller groups out.
Written July 23, 2020
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Marisa S
Pittsburgh, PA96 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
We checked out the Deer Farm on the last day of our trip. This turned out to be one of our boys favorite stops! There’s a coupon online/in the coupon books. It opened at 10 and we got there around 11am, so we had to wait in line for about 15 minutes or so. The main parking area was full, so we kept driving down the one-way gravel drive, passing many cars parked along the side until we found room to park as well.
I believe one of the owners(never caught her name, but she said she’s there every day, all day, so…) were standing outside talking with all the visitors, sharing information about the animals, covering the rules, keeping the line moving as people left(the gift shop is smaller and that’s also where you pay admission, so she was keeping things flowing without being crowded).
We purchased 2 of the larger cups of food and 4 apples(deer/elk) which were sliced which made it nicer for little ones to feed, because if they were whole, the deer would take it in one bite; this way, they got to feed ‘more’.
There were a bunch of goats you could go in the pen with to pet and hug, lots of fallow deer to interact with, and the camels, zonkey, watusi, and elk were pretty cool too.
We spent about an hour and a half in the zoo/farm.
Written July 8, 2021
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Karin R
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Family
We did a 45 minute horse ride with a 2 and 5 year old. My five year old rode by herself up by the guide and I wore the two year old in a front carrier. The trails were beautiful in May…the trees would sometimes break to allow views of the mountains. Our guide, John was great at explaining what we needed to do to “steer,” go faster, slower or stop the horse as we had never rode before. The horses knew what to do…we didn’t need to do much. We also visited the petting farm and the kids had a great time feeding the animals. It had been raining so we didn’t go in with the goats because we didn’t want to get muddy, but a lot of people were. Highlight of our trip.
Written May 29, 2022
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DiveEnthusiast8820
Maine24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
This place was nice and outside of the hustle of the city but still pretty close (20 min drive from pigeon forge). The staff were super friendly and helpful providing attraction info and being knowledgeable about the zoo animals. The animals are used to people and love being fed, petted and holding baby goats was so adorable. Camels, kangaroo, emu’s, elk, horses, ponies, llamas and more. This was our first time seeing a Zonkey (such a sweetheart)!
The zoo was smaller than I anticipated but decent pricing and relaxing 😊, perfect afternoon trip. You can buy feed in souvenir cups (22oz-32oz) to feed the animals and apple slices ($.50c) for the camels. Really hope they grow bigger and give more animals a home ❤️ some of the animals are rescues and this is such a great place to support. Would recommend, especially for children.
Written August 24, 2021
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neumanja
Lynchburg, OH70 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Family
We had a great time here, but the place is small for the price. I think we spent about an hour here petting and feeding all the animals. Feeding them is not included in the price. You have to pay extra for that. For 4 adults and 3 children, we spent about $100, which isn't bad, but for the short time it takes to get through the place, we thought that was a little high. Keep in mind this is coming from a family who owns goats. I will say this though...the animals are well cared for and, even though we own goats, holding baby ones is always fun!
Written June 2, 2020
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Kristi M
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Family
We husband, 9 year old daughter and 14 year old son did the horseback ride and the petting zoo. We started with the horseback ride and all of the staff were very laid back and friendly. I cannot say enough about our guide, Jesse. We have done many trail rides before and my daughter still gets nervous. He took his time to explain everything, told us about each horse’s personality and made sure to keep checking on the riders frequently during the ride and giving lots of reminders about what we needed to do. He was so great with my daughter and with all of the riders. Definitely the best guide we have ever had, and the price for the ride is extremely reasonable. The petting zoo was also a lot of fun, there were a variety of animals that you don’t usually see at petting zoos and they seemed well taken care of. The employee at the desk when we bought our tickets was very knowledgeable and did a great job explaining what animals you could feed and what required special food and what the safety precautions were. We will definitely be back anytime we are in the area!
Written February 22, 2023
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Erik E
8 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Family
We had a good experience. Our kids enjoyed feeding all the animals. We were debating between this zoo and Parrot Mountain for today. The zoo was a little less expensive, and we thought the variety of animals would keep the kids more engage. It’s by no means a fancy place. You can feed almost all of the animals by hand though, which makes it a bit unique. I think it’s worthwhile for a couple hours of fun with small kids.
Written October 11, 2022
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