Sugarlands Riding Stables
Guests at the Sugarlands Riding Stables will enjoy a peaceful view of the Great Smoky Mountains while riding horseback on some of the most beautiful trails inside Smoky Mountain National Park.
With the blue sky above, fresh air, and the hypnotic sway of the horse’s walk, you’ll escape into a magical world of Appalachian beauty. Whether you are a novice, or an experienced rider, you are guaranteed a great ride on a well-trained horse that will be individually chosen for your unique personality and level of riding skill. Sugarland’s experienced guides will lead your horse through wooded terrain and streams where you may come upon a flock of wild turkeys, wild deer, or a black bear climbing a tree.
Sugarland’s 20 years of experience and expert leaders have earned them an exceptional track record for safety, knowledge, and hospitality. The stable is easy to find, near the Sugarlands Visitor Center, and no reservations are needed. The staff is very welcoming and friendly, and the horses are well cared for and healthy. Trail guides explain the flora and animals that you’ll come across on the ride. The website notes the two-hour ride is for experienced riders, and it is much different from the one-hour ride due to the rugged terrain, steep inclines, and faster pace.
The terrain includes hardwood forests and Southern Appalachian spruce-fir forests, home to largest black bear population in the Eastern United States and the most diverse salamander population outside of the tropics. The name “Smoky” comes from the natural fog that hangs over the mountains and appears as large smoke plumes from a distance.
Safety is important to ensuring that Sugarland riders enjoy themselves. In addition to a pre-ride safety overview, and basic riding instruction; riders must be 5 years or older and riders must not weigh more than a maximum weight of 225 pounds.