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Horseback riding has been around the Smoky Mountains for as long as the area has been settled. So why not allow a four-legged friend to take you on a mountain adventure, where they do the work while you sit aboard and enjoy the unforgettable views? It makes an ideal mode of transportation when you’re not quite ready for hiking or if you want to cover more ground in a shorter amount of time. Regardless of experience (most excursions are guided) you & your family will enjoy riding with one of ‘our four favorite places to rent a horse in the Smokies’!

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Cades Cove Stables

If you want to sight see in Cades Cove, head to the Park’s only officially authorized stable in the area. Offering all guided tours that are either on horseback, carriage, or hayrides. Cades Cove Stables features a helpful wildlife viewing guide on their website, which will come in handy when you’re out on the trail & don’t forget to swing over to the camp store after your ride for some of the best soft serve ice cream this side of the Mississippi! All rides in the cove are guided.

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Sugarlands Riding Stables

Located near Gatlinburg and just inside the Park’s boundary, Sugarlands Stables offers excursions that wind their way up into the hills. You’ll enjoy breathtaking views of the Smoky Mountains and likely spot some wildlife along the way! Children must be at least five years old to participate and the maximum weight limit is 225 lbs. *Experienced riders can sign up for a two-hour, eight-mile trip deep into the wilderness!

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Five Oaks Riding Stables

This 70-acre property in Sevierville is the only one that has its own nature park and the stable horses know the area well. So you and your companions don’t have to worry about getting lost or going in the wrong direction. You’ll ride amidst green forests and wide open spaces. It’s a great way to get away from the stresses of everyday life. These rides are self-directed and children can double up with adults on the horses.