Big Rock Dude Ranch at Ponderosa

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Looking for horseback riding in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge? Big Rock Dude Ranch at Ponderosa is the Gatlinburg / Pigeon Forge area’s premier horseback riding and outdoor adventure destination. Located just a short drive from Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, enjoy horseback riding in the Smoky Mountains year-round (weather permitting) seven days a week from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm.

Their Smoky Mountain outdoor activities let you travel back in time and experience the Smokies as the early settlers did 200 years ago as they crossed the mountains on horseback seeing these mountains and valleys for the very first time. If you’re looking for more adventure, the ranch offers exciting ATV and UTV rides. You can rent these off-road vehicles and take them for a thrilling ride through the scenic mountain trails.

Engage in the traditional outdoor activity of gem mine at the Big Rock Dude Ranch. They provide the necessary equipment, such as screens and buckets, so you can sift through dirt and discover gemstones like rubies, sapphires, and more.

The ranch is also home to a petting zoo, where you can interact with and feed various animals like goats, rabbits, mini-donkeys, and more. It’s a fun and educational experience, especially for children.

Anglers can enjoy catch-and-release fishing at the ranch’s stocked fishing pond. You can bring your own fishing equipment or rent it on-site.

If you have young children, they can enjoy pony rides around the ranch. It’s a gentle and supervised experience that introduces them to horseback riding in a safe environment.

The ranch provides picnic areas with grills where you can relax and have a meal amidst the natural surroundings. Additionally, there’s a playground for children to enjoy.

The Big Rock Dude Ranch at Ponderosa offers a range of outdoor activities and experiences suitable for individuals, groups, and families. Whether you’re an adventure enthusiast or simply looking to enjoy the serene beauty of the Smoky Mountains, this ranch provides ample opportunities for outdoor fun.

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