See forever. Remember always.

Take a morning ride to a mile-high meadow where the mountains stretch away, ridge beyond ridge, to the very edges of eternity itself. Savor the cool quiet of rhododendron tunnels and lush forest trails that wind through the Ranch and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Whether you’re a novice rider, an expert, or something in between, horseback riding at Cataloochee is an experience you’ll never forget.

And you’ll never want to.

Exploring the Mountains on Horseback

These are a few of our favorite rides.
Hemphill Bald
Take a ride to the crown jewel of the Ranch property, with the most expansive long-range views from the highest point on the Ranch
Devil’s Britches
A wonderful woodsy ride, sprinkled along the way with mountain wildflowers and a massive stand of native galax
Brer Rabbit
A ride through cool rhododendron tunnels and sheltering trees and across several mountain streams, following the Cataloochee Divide
salamander creek
A leisurely ride down Wagon Trail to waterfall at Salamander Creek, then up through shaded forest to open vistas of the Big Bowl and past the chestnut orchard
thunderbolt knob
A ride to a vantage point of Mt. Sterling, with a stunning overview where the wilderness of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the only thing to be seen

Rates & Hours

Rates, times, & availabillity subject to change without notice.
Departures at 9:30 am and 2:00 pm

Rides typically last 2 - 2 1/2 hours

Shorter rides available on request

$60 per person
(overnight guests)

$65 per person
(non-overnight guests)
With advance notice, customized
private rides are available upon request.
An additional charge will be applied.

Advance reservations required. Age and weight limits apply.

Meet the Horses

All of our horses live here at the Ranch, overseen by barn manager “Judy B.” Sutton. Here are a few you’ll probably be meeting in person.

  • Little Man

  • Clyde

  • Timber

  • Lily

  • Hank

  • Mojo

  • Max

Get the Rider’s Guide

Booked your trip and ready to ride? Be sure to read our Rider’s Guide before your foot hits the stirrup. It includes tips on how to ride, what to wear, riding etiquette and safety, and pretty much everything else you’ll need to know about horseback riding at the Ranch.

Cataloochee Ranch will make every effort to ensure your safety, but it must be understood that there are elements of risk when dealing with any live animal. You will be required to sign a release form before your horseback ride. Download release form here.