Horseback Riding in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Horseback Riding Options

River Crossing Trail


Explore the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains on our Hourly Rides. Ford the Oconaluftee River, traverse a tunnel beneath US 441, and embark on a scenic 3-mile loop through the mountains. Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with nature.

  • Departure Times: Every hour from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

*Please arrive 30min prior for check-in

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1hr Trail

$50

Waterfall and Riverside Trail


Immerse yourself in nature with our 2.5-hour Waterfall Ride. Journey a mile above the Smokemont Campground, ride alongside mountain streams, and reach the breathtaking Chasteen Creek Waterfall. Dismount for 15 minutes to savor the view.

  • Departure Times: 9:00 am, 12:00 pm, & 3:00 pm

*Please arrive 30min prior for check-in


2.5hr Trail

$125

Wagon Ride


Experience the charm of the Old Turnpike Road on our Wagon Ride. Travel alongside the Oconaluftee River, pass wildlife-rich fields, and absorb historical insights. No age or weight restrictions apply, making it perfect for the whole family.

  • Departure Times: 9:45 am – 4:45 pm

*Please arrive 15min prior to scheduled ride for check-in


40min Trail

$30

Coming This Season! Immersive Photography Experience

Capture unforgettable moments on this 20-minute interactive horseback ride. Pose for professional photos to take home with you, while also interacting closely with horses.

Experience Includes: Five digital photos available for download. Please note, that rides are for individuals only, and poses are predetermined.

Rate: $50 per person

Departure Times: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on 20min. intervals. Please arrive 30min. prior to your reservation for check-in.

What Customers Have to Say

My 15 year old son and I had the best ride! We did the 2.5 waterfall ride, and it was amazing. The guides made us feel safe the entire time. The views were amazing. We will be going back for sure!

This was a great ride. I’m not an experienced rider but I enjoy a good trail ride. The entire staff was good. All of the horses were in good shape. My horse, Hank, was perfect! The 2 1/2 hour ride took us beside a babbling brook and to the base of a waterfall where we dismounted and took an easy hike up to see it. 

Excellent horse riding experience for novice and experienced riders. We took the one hour tour with 3 kids 6 and under who had never ridden before. The horses were very gentle and knowledgeable of the area. Excellent tour guide and absolutely stunning scenery.

The Heart of Smokemont

Meet our horses, your guides to the smokies.

With over 60 unique horses in our herd, you’re bound to meet your heart horse at Smokemont!

Our Gypsy Vanner Charmer

Join Molly, our captivating Gypsy Vanner, on a magical trail ride. Known for their fairy-tale looks and endearing personalities, Gypsy Vanners like Molly keep a steady pace with dedication to showing riders the beauty of the Smokies on horseback. Experience her charm as she guides you through mountain and riverside landscapes.

Our Reliable Trail Companion

Gentle nature, reliable strides, and the heart of our rides – Smoke is a true friend on the trail. Discover the calming presence of our horses at Smokemont. He is a confident trail horse and has experience guiding guests through the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains. He is a Quarter Horse and has a very smooth gait. 

Our History, A Smoky Mountain Legacy

Since 1962, Smokemont Riding Stables has been an integral part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. As a family-owned gem, we’ve shared the joy of horseback riding amidst breathtaking smoky landscapes for several generations. Discover our story of passion, nature, and unforgettable trailrides in the Smokies

Smokemont on the Go!

Follow the herd on social media to stay in the loop regarding all things Smokemont and Smoky Mountains National Park. Join our vibrant community to get the latest updates, share your own stories, and enjoy exclusive behind-the-scenes content. Whether it’s stunning scenic shots or updates on our trail rides, our social channels are your gateway to all the adventures that await at Smokemont.