smoky mountains vacation near waynesville

They say these mountains are 250 million years old. They’ll get no argument from us. Only time could have rounded their contours, carpeted their slopes with ancient hardwoods and their hidden trails with snowy trillium blossoms, and sent their blue peaks rolling away into the distance like a vast, eternal sea. In fact, one translation of the Cherokee word “Cataloochee” is “wave upon wave.” And that’s a translation that gets no argument from us, either.

cataloochee ranch horseback riding For more than 75 years, the Great Smoky Mountains have been our home. And people like you have been our guests, often returning again and again to establish their own family vacation traditions and help us preserve the heritage of this very special corner of western North Carolina.

If you’re one of those old friends, we look forward to welcoming you back to Maggie Valley this year. If not, your welcome is waiting. You may be a first-time guest, but we promise, you’ll never be a stranger. We invite you to come and discover for yourself what makes a vacation with us an experience you’ll remember for the rest of your life.

Even if, like the mountains, you live for a long, long time.

Horseback Riding Now Available

Horseback Riding is Now Available by Reservation Only.

Call 828-926-1401 or email to schedule your ride.

Half Day Group Rides - $125 per person on Wednesday - Sunday.

Ride to The Swag for Chef's Picnic Lunch - $280 per person on Wednesday and Saturday (price includes lunch at The Swag)

All Day Group Ride (average 5-6 hours)- $330 per guest, which includes packed lunch from The Swag.

Child Lead Line Rides (30 minutes) are available for $30 per child.

Private rides ($225 per rider for 2 or more or $300 for single rider) can be scheduled to fit your schedule!

As renovations are set to begin shortly, there will be no lodging or food offerings until early-to-mid 2023. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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