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Cades Cove Riding Stables

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Address: 10018 Campground Dr, Townsend, TN 37882-5000
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+1 865-448-9009
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00

Welcome to Cades Cove Riding Stables located in the Great Smoky Mountains...

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.

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Wonderful Horseback riding in the Smokies

Cades Cove is a special place that provides so much! We did the horseback riding and got a true personal one of a kind experience. The ride was enjoyable for beginners and... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Kaitlyn J
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Ionia, MI
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We (a group of 19 people!) drove over an hour to visit this place. Upon arrival it was rainy and they said they were on a 30 minute delay due to thunder. They suggested we drive the Cades Cove loop while we waited and they would get the horses ready. Upon arriving back, they informed us they were closing due... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Cades Cove is a special place that provides so much! We did the horseback riding and got a true personal one of a kind experience. The ride was enjoyable for beginners and experienced. Micheal and Meeko couldn't have provided a more enjoyable ride through the beautiful landscape.

Thank Kaitlyn J
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Reviewed 23 March 2017 via mobile

We had a great time there. We will definitely come back to enjoy this experience. Melvin was a great guide. Hands down he made it worth it.

Thank Buddy W
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

Such a beautiful ride! Sarah was a great guide. Will definitely go again. Thanks for a fun experience.

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Natchez, Mississippi
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Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

I am an experienced rider & have been to numerous stables in the Gatlinburg area however my sister had never sat on a horse once in her life until the day we rode at CCRS & for my mom it had been a number of years so she was a bit nervous. Upon arrival we used the large, clean restroom... More 

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Bradenton, Florida, United States
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Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

My husband, myself and another couple really enjoyed the trail ride with Briar! Briar was informative, light hearty and funny. He told us about the park, wild life and pointed out deer and bear markings. The horses were gentle and fun to ride. This was my husbands second ride and he loved it. We will definitely be back next time... More 

Thank Tara P
Limestone, Tennessee
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Reviewed 16 November 2016

We waited about an hour, which wasn't bad considering it was peak autumn. The ride was about an hour. We had 9 in our group and our guide was Briar, who was wonderful! He did a great job matching horses with riders according to their experience. We had one who had never been on a horse before and he kept... More 

Thank Louis3 R
New Haven, Connecticut
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Reviewed 9 November 2016

My friend and I went for a morning horseback ride in the woods with these guys, and it was a wonderful way to cap off our visit to the Great Smoky Mountains. It isn't possible to take the horses on the actual Cades Cove Loop road itself (although they do offer a hayride that goes through the loop road!), but... More 

1 Thank yhzheng
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Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

The people in the office were the rudest people I have ever dealt with. They had no customer service experience and were very ugly towards my family, especially the bigger older lady. The older lady was just awful. We had to wait for 2 hours and the guys in the barn was just standing there while we were waiting, with... More 

Thank amandermillerGa
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Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

We spent a beautiful morning riding through the Smokey Mountains. The area was so pretty and peaceful. We rode horses on a guided ride for about an hour through the woods. The horses were gentle and well trained for the ride. Helmets are available at no extra charge and the guides and staff were knowledgeable and fun! There were also... More 

Thank Michele P

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