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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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Trip back in time

We went through Cades Cove and saw some of the history of the area, loved it. We then took an hour horseback ride, got away from the loop road and got some feeling of how it must... read more

Reviewed 3 October 2016
Cincinnati, Ohio
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Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

At first the staff said it will be a one and a half hour wait and that we should return within an hour. When we returned they said it will be another hour. Eventually three hours passed before we got on the horses. The guide was nice and friendly but that could not compensate for the long wait and waste... More 

Thank Orit A
Cincinnati, Ohio
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Reviewed 3 October 2016

We went through Cades Cove and saw some of the history of the area, loved it. We then took an hour horseback ride, got away from the loop road and got some feeling of how it must have been when the settlers arrived. Guide was fantastic, joked just enough and seemed genuinely enthused about what he was doing. Horses are... More 

Thank Believer45
Akron, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 2 October 2016

We drove down from pigeon forge to do the hayride. Saw a bear right out back of buildings, staff got excited b/c it was collared (Aggressive)bear. Hayride is on back of pickup pulling long flatbed trailer. You just sit in the floor, they rake loose straw along each side. We wished they would have bales instead. The weather was perfect,... More 

Thank darylvel
Livonia, Michigan
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Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

My wife and I enjoyed this ride. Staff were great. Horses appeared to be very well taken care of. Only disappointment was didn't get to run or even gallup the horses. Just a follow the leader trail ride. Great for kids or new riders.

Thank Art C
Alexandria, Louisiana
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5 reviews
Reviewed 9 September 2016

Had a great experience. Briar was the guide and I rode Sky. it was a spur of the moment decision. Price was the going rate $30 for 1 hour. Perfect day for a ride. Saw bear tracks and deer on the trail.

Thank Annelie29458
Owensboro, Kentucky
1 review
Reviewed 1 September 2016

What a great afternoon of riding! Cade's Cove is so peaceful and relaxing, but the staff at this riding stables were so awesome! Very pleasant and knowledgeable guides! Would recommend this stable to all! Marc and Paula Lashbrook

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Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

We took the guided trail ride. Two of us are experienced but two weeks beginners. We all enjoyed the trip and our trail guide Joseph was very sweet and knowledgeable. The tour was about an hour long but the whole process was about 90 minutes. They do not take reservations so we signed up when we arrived at Cades Cove.... More 

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Hilliard, Ohio
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Reviewed 25 August 2016

We had a wonderful ride through the Smoky Mt forest. We rode through the woods and through creeks. The stables were well run and the horses well cared for.

Thank Evelyn C
West Palm Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 25 August 2016

What a special time for our family at the riding stables. The kids will never forget riding horses in the woods of the great Smokey Mountains. They had an exceptional guide who made them feel very much at ease. This was my grandkids first time riding horses and they absolutely loved sharing that with their parents. We will be doing... More 

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Reviewed 16 August 2016 via mobile

I cant say enough good things. It was extremely fun. The guide put my 9 year old daughter at ease whwn informed she'd be riding her own horse. They also told us history of the area as we rode through. They have horse and carriages, horses, safety gear. I want to go back just thinking about it.

Thank Ashli T

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