Horseback Riding in the Smokies
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There are 4 commercial stables inside the National Park where horses can be rented for about $20 per hour. There are also many private stables in the surrounding area (this site on lists the ones in the park). You may also bring your own horse. Horses are only allowed on trails designated for horses. A map of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is available at the visitors centers.

Rent A Horse

  Stable Name Description
Cades Cove
  • (865) 448-6286
  • Cades Cove is one of the most visited areas in the park. It has a large diversity of plants an animals and is one of the best places in the park to see deer. Several hiking trails and horseback riding trails are located in Cades Cove as well as an 11 mile loop road accessible to bikes and motor vehicles.
  • 828-497-2373
  • Located near Cherokee, NC, Smokemont offers a beautiful trail near creeks and clear pools.
    Smoky Mountain
  • 865-436-5634
  • Smoky Mountain Riding stables offers rides on mountain terrain, not flat trails. It is near the Smoky Mountain Arts and Crafts Community.
  • 865-436-3535
  • Located near Gatlinburg, TN and the Sugarlands visitor center, the Sugarlands stable offers riding trails in the National Park very close to Gatlinburg. Hotels, Cabins, and Mountain Chalets are available in Gatlinburg.

    Bring A Horse

    Many of the park's hiking trails are also open to horses. Horses are only allowed a trails designated for horse use. A trail map listing which trails allow horses is available at the visitor centers. Camping areas that allow horses are: Cades Cove (Anthony Creek), Big Creek, Cataloochee, Round Bottom, and Towstring. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 1-800-365-2267 or visiting the web site.

    Recommended Reading

    Insiders' Guide to the Great Smoky Mountains provides good information about outdoor activities in the park. It also provides complete information about the surrounding areas including dining, lodging, and area attractions.
    Trails Illustrated Map is an excellent map of the Smokies, showing roads, hiking trails, camping areas, picnic areas, ranger stations, and more. It is waterproof and tearproof, so it is very durable to take with you camping or hiking, even if it rains.
    Rescue in the Wild is a wonderful children's novel set in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is a fictional book, but gives great information about the national park while telling an entertaining story.

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