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“Springtime carriage ride” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Cades Cove Riding Stables

Cades Cove Riding Stables
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Owner description: Welcome to Cades Cove Riding Stables located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Cades Cove. The National Park's only authorized riding stables in Cades Cove Whether you're young or old, expert or novice, a Horseback, Carriage, or Hayride trip in the breathtaking Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an adventure you'll never forget. If you have a hearty frontier spirit and are ready to hit the trail, come take pleasure in some wholesome outdoor fun at our stable area. You will be greeted by our Guides, who are committed to providing you with a safe and memorable excursion within the scenic Cades Cove. Cades Cove Riding Stables offers adventure options for the entire family who wish to enjoy the magnificent Cades Cove. We specialize in providing Guided Horseback, Carriage, and Hay rides for National Park visitors who desire an alternative method of enjoying the scenic splendor of the park. Off the beaten path, you'll see what's under the forest canopy, and maybe even some woodland critters! You'll even learn a bit about our Cove as our guides share stories of the remnants of a historic settlement period.
Southside, AL
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Springtime carriage ride”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2014

Nice carriage ride through the woods in Cade's Cove. Everything so green this time of year. Didn't see any bears which made me happy!

Visited May 2014
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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“A Fun Adventure”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2014

The visit started off a little rocky with the woman taking money getting into it a little with another customer and then dragging us in. After we got outside with the horses and guides, it was a phenomenal experience. We were a group of four with Lucas leading us and he knows the horses and the area very well. My wife got a horse named Juliett and it was hilarious because she was a first-time rider and Juliett has a habit of holding back and then galloping up to the group. The first time it really surprised her but Lucas guided her on how to handle it and she ended up loving the horse and the ride. The horses are all well trained and the course is beautiful. We would definitely do it again.

Visited April 2014
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Commerce Township, Michigan
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117 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Not quite as scenic as we had hoped”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2014

Great for first time riders like ourselves. Jessica our guide did a good job making sure we all heard what she was saying and kept us all together. The pace was just right - a little shaky going through the water but all the horses were so well trained they did a great job at keeping us all upright. It wasn't as scenic as we had hoped though and no bear sightings. Still a good adventure for the family.

Visited April 2014
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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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8 reviews
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“Great time for Kids”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2014

I brought my 6, 8, and 10 yr old kids on their first horseback ride. What a great time, the kids loved it! And the guide, Matt, was so nice and involved the kids in his tour. A huge hit for us all! Horses were so easy to ride, I wasn't worried one bit.

Visited April 2014
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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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53 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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“Great experience for first time rider!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2014

Took my little sister here for her first horseback ride. We went during spring break and only had to wait about 30 mins for our turn to ride. They take groups of about 6-8 at a time, and they depart from the stables almost every 25 mins or so. The horses are hand picked to meet the needs of the rider. The guides make sure each person is comfortable with their horse and know how to "drive" their horse before leaving. Honestly though, these horses are so well trained and have been doing this for a long time, they know where they're going and all you have to do is make sure you're balanced and enjoy the ride LOL! They have a SMALL souvenir shop with t-shirts, cowboy hats and such. I will definitely be riding here next time I am in town.

Visited April 2014
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