A place so real, you can reach out and touch it.

When our long-time guests think of the Ranch, they’re likely to think first of horseback riding. After all, that’s why we decided to call ourselves a ranch. But the fact is, you’ll find more than enough to do here, even if you never find yourself on the back of a horse.

In the daytime, you can take a serious hike or a leisurely walk, fish for trout in our own pond, go for a wagon ride, play lawn games, enjoy the seasonally heated outdoor pool, or venture a little farther afield to explore the attractions of the surrounding western North Carolina mountains. Evenings, on the other hand, are the time for storytelling, piano playing, square dancing and clogging, bonfires and marshmallow roasts, and genuine mountain-style picking and singing.

These are the things that bring families together. And these are the things that are likely to bring you back, year after year. Just for the chance to experience them all over again.

Things to Do at Cataloochee Ranch

Horseback Riding

Morning, afternoon or all-day rides for every skill level

Mountain Hikes

Trails that are easy, challenging, and a little of everything in between

Wildflower Walks & Birdwatching

Find nature’s hidden handiwork

Wagon Rides & More

What else is happening, all around the Ranch

Things to Do Nearby

Beyond the boundaries of the Ranch, the rest of western North Carolina is waiting. Whitewater rafting and fly fishing. Challenging championship golf courses. The one-of-a-kind creations of local artisans and craftspeople. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which shares a mile-long border with the Ranch. Cataloochee Valley with its elk herd. The Appalachian Trail. Biltmore Estate. Blowing Rock. Blue Ridge Parkway. Cherokee Indian Reservation and Harrah’s Casino. Chimney Rock Park. Grandfather Mountain. Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. Linville Caverns. Mountain Heritage Center. And, of course, the Cataloochee Ski Area. They’re all just a short and scenic ride away. And they’re all decidedly worth the ride.