In previous posts, we’ve told you about the different ways to view The Smokies – zip line, hot air balloon, ATV, etc. One method we haven’t mentioned is horseback riding. It is a relaxing way to take in your surroundings at a leisurely pace. There are plenty of option is you chose the equine-style of travel.
In Sevierville, there are three options – Douglas Lake Stables, Five Oaks Riding Stables and Waldens Creek Riding Stables. Douglas Lake Stables offers horseback rides, horse-drawn carriage rides and even horseback weddings. You can choose rides that go around Douglas Lake anywhere from one to four hours. You can also schedule sunset or moonlight rides.
Five Oaks has a 70-acre nature park with mountain
streams. You have great views of a mountain lake and Mount LeConte. It’s right
off the parkway, so getting to your hotel or cabin is easy.
Walden Creek has a Friday night hayride and bonfire,
to go along with their normal riding trails. They have more than 500 acres to
travel and you can ride for one hour or all day.
In the Great Smoky Mountains
National Park, there are four stables where you can ride. Lasting from 45
minutes to several hours, all rides are at a walking pace. In addition,
hayrides, carriage and wagon rides are available. You can also bring your horse
to the park.
Horses have a special place in American culture.
There is something serene about riding for a few hours, letting the cares of
the world melt away as the leisurely pace of travel calms and relaxes you. Take
a tour of our Smoky Mountains the old fashioned way and see if you agree.