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Cades Cove Riding Stables

10018 Campground Drive

Townsend, TN 37882


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Phone: 865-448-9009

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What are your hours?

March 14 – November 30

Hours: 9:00AM to 4:30PM

Do you take reservations?

Our carriage and horseback rides are first come, first served. Our hayrides are available for reservation for groups larger than 15. Please see the Hayride page for more information.

What are the costs and times for the carriage rides, horseback rides, and hayrides?

Please see the Carriage Ride, Guided Trail Rides, and Hayride pages for more information.

What is the best time to visit during your busy season?

Our busiest times are on the weekends and in the months of June-August and October. In order to avoid the crowds, we recommend coming between 9:00-10:30AM and after 3:00PM.

I am interested in the guided horseback rides. Can small children ride with an adult?

All children must be 6 years of age or older and 48” or taller to ride on the guided horseback trails. Due to visitor safety, we cannot allow double riding.

Families with small children may still participate in the carriage and hay rides, which have no weight or age restrictions.

What is the weight limit for riders?

The weight limit for riders is 250 lbs. on the guided horseback rides, with exceptions up to 325 lbs. based on rider experience and height-to-weight ratio. Please call us at 865-448-9009 if you have any questions regarding allowing specific exceptions.

Can we have a family member ride in a carriage next to us on the guided horseback ride?

Due to concerns regarding horse safety and trail damage, carriages cannot ride next to horses on the guided horseback tour. Carriage trails and horse trails are separate trails.

Can we take a carriage ride around Loop Road?

The carriage ride is restricted to assigned trails to limit our environmental impact on the park, but our hayride offers narrated trips around the loop roadway.

Do you take credit cards?

Yes, we take MasterCard and Visa.

Do you offer rides during the winter or after November 30?

Even horses need a vacation! We shut down operations to rest the trails, pastures, and horses, but we will be back again in March.

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