French Broad River

Dude Ranch


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Our 800# only works in the lower 48 states


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Come experience the Greatest View of the Smokies on Horseback

Our Gold Trail is 2nd to none for Spectacular sights

Welcome to the only Dude Ranch in the
Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee!

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The combination of family fun activities and great food makes a Dude Ranch

vacation seem just like going to Grandma's house!

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Would you like to be able to trot in balance your first day riding?

Balanced Riding Clinic

September 19-21st


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Nashville PBS station's video from 2003 about us

Tennessee Crossroads


If you would like to become a balanced rider quickly,

go to our teaching site and learn how, click the link below

Riding Revelation

Our next Balanced Riding clinic is September 19-21st

Only $249 per student

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Guests arriving at the sunset supper ride



We want you to imagine the perfect vacation, with your family or group. A place where you get to do things together like a family, like taking a horseback ride through some of the most gorgeous country you'll ever see, or rafting down a river and taking in the beauty like you can't do while you drive a car, relaxing on the porch and eventually just catching a nap that you never seem to get at home, sitting down to eat fabulous home cooked food that you didn't have to cook or clean up afterwards, square dancing like they used to do in the old days with the biggest smile on your face since you were a kid, or chasing cattle around pretending to be an ole' cowboy that you've always wanted to be in your heart.........

well......this is the kind of place where those dreams and more come true!

AND, we actually teach you how to groom, saddle and take care of your assigned horse so that you get hands on experience. We also teach you how to ride successfully in the corral before you go out on the first ride. If you want to help feed you can do that too!

SO don't worry if you're a beginner we have a great program that helps folks learn about horses and balanced riding by actually interacting with the horse instead of just riding them!

We want you to have these opportunities for you and your family or your group, and that's why we're here at our 346 acre Dude Ranch waiting for you. Your children, your friends, even you will never forget this vacation!

Bob, Lindy, Shawn & Jo Ann Gannon


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Guest reviews sent to us by email:

Martin Family Anniversary Celebration: 8/11-8/14

FROM John Korte TO You From

  • John Korte  
  • To Shawn,  
  • I would like to thank you and your entire staff for the fantastic experience we had at your French Broad River Outpost Ranch. Our 3-day stay at the Ranch was both totally enjoyable and most educational.  Your operation is first class, all the way. The efficiency and effectiveness demonstrated by every member of your “crew” reflected the true professionals that they are.  Everyone knew their jobs and did them without coaching.  They are a well-trained team that never missed a beat.   I was especially impressed by your wranglers: Maya, Mel, and Alla.  They knew their jobs... and everyone else’s too!  If something needed to be done, they just did it.  No questions.  No discussion.  They just got it done.  The way you and they pitched in at meal times was awesome.  No hesitation.  You all just did it.  One could not help but be impressed by the “Can-Do” attitude of everyone on your staff.   And, speaking of meals, although the kitchen staff wasn’t as visible to us as the wranglers were, “Z” and Carl were just as important and just as well organized.  Every meal, from Sunday evening to Wednesday morning, was served hot and on-time.  They too impressed me with their get-it-done-right approach to their jobs.  And I thoroughly enjoyed every meal they cooked up for us!   Riding JaDawn (my favorite horse) was fun, but the BEST part of this vacation was being around you and your staff.  A FIRST CLASS GROUP OF PEOPLE.   Please pass on my sincere appreciation to all of them for me.   Thanks again,   John Korte Temple Terrace, FL Dave Martin’s (Favorite?) Brother-In-Law  

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Name: Barbara & Melvin
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Praise: ON

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Shawn I just want to say thank you from myself and Melvin.  You totally made us feel at home not just at a place we could just lay our head down at for the weekend. The hospitality from you your wife and staff were fantastic.  I will be a repeat visitor as long as you will have us.  Thank you all again for the knowledge and fun you gave us on your Ranch.

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Friday, August 3, 2012 4:10 PM From: "French Broad River" <> Add sender to Contacts To: "French Broad River" <> Name: Margi Heckley

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Shawn, thank you so much for the week at your ranch.  My granddaughters, Maggie and Emily, had the time of their lives, as did I.  Your ranch is friendly, fast-paced, and well-organized.  The horses are amazingly well-trained, and the food is beyond delicious. Your wranglers are all polite and unbelievably hard-working. I've sent pictures and emails to many of my friends, family and co-workers, and several have expressed interest in coming to see you. I've been to many vacation destinations, including London, Paris, Cayman and BVI; yet your ranch is the best one of all.  Thank you for your hard work and for providing my granddaughters with a vacation they will always remember.

Margi Heckley 

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Monday, May 9, 2011 10:26 AM From: "French Broad River" <> Add sender to Contacts To: "French Broad River" <> Name: Phyllis Bearden
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You and your staff made great memories for my family.  My six grandchildren had a great time and never touched anything electronic!  Your ranch is perfect for extended families, and your staff is so good with children of all ages.  I cannot thank Alex enough for her teaching my granddaughters how to ride, and even the two little boys, 2 and 4, had a blast walking around with their granddad, digging in the dirt, playing with sticks and rocks and petting horses.  The weekend was too short, but we all thank you for a great experience.

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Here is an unsolicited guest email received 6-14-10 about a recent large group that visited us for a 50th birthday:

From: "French Broad River" <> Add sender to Contacts To: "French Broad River" <> Name: Karla Casner
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Our group of 32 spent 3 nights at the French Broad Outpost Ranch last month (5/2010) and we had a blast!  We ran in age from 1 year to 79 years old.  Everyone loved it and believe me that we slept good at night.  Our days were so full that no one missed TV or video games.  The horses were wonderful and the orientation made everyone comfortable to groom and saddle their own horse.  We loved the rides and the scenery.  The white water rafting was a hit too.  The FOOD was DELICIOUS!!!  Please publish a recipe book, because we all want one.
And above all, the personel at the ranch were so helpful and kind.  A special thank you to Kyle, Mayan and Shawn!  There will be families from our group returning.  What a different, delightful adventure.

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010 11:38 AM From: "French Broad River" <> Add sender to Contacts To: "French Broad River" <> Name: Kenzie Milks
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Dear FBO,
At your Ranch I had the best time of my life!!! It was the greatst experiance that I have ever had. I can see why these people keep coming back!! I loved it so much I am already starting to save the money to come back!! Thank you FBO for the experiance of a lifetime!!!
Kenzie Milks
13 yrs old
Came to FBO July 25-August 1

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Click this link for the latest travel article about our Ranch from Columbus Parent Magazine

here are some older articles to read about us

Nashville Parent

The Family Travel Files

Jet Setters Magazine

Also a brief YouTube video from

Horseman's DVD Magazine

Don't forget to bring along the kids!

Yea, some of the kids are kinda big, but you can bring them too!


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Call us if you have a corporate or church group for very special group discount rates. We can provide a package during our low season with team building events. The ranch will be all yours during that time.

We'd like to thank Clayton Homes who brought 3 different groups for team building retreats.

If you want to grow your company through team building, we make it happen!

Come and enjoy our old western Hotel, with a big saloon and dance floor and 7 rooms upstairs. Play cards, sit and relax, look at the mountain views, kick up your heels or take a nap on the porch. No matter what you do-You'll feel like you just walked into a John Wayne movie!

click to see some pictures of the inside of this grand old western hotel

We appeared in the

August 2005 issue of

Southern Living Magazine

Tennessee Living Section

We are honored!

Read just one of the many newspaper articles or guest comments already written about our ranch, just click here!

We are rustling up more than just good food and cattle here at our Dude Ranch in our all inclusive "American Plan" package. Whether you are into horseback riding, whitewater rafting, cattle driving, team penning, sitting back and enjoying the Smoky Mountains with a live bluegrass band, or taking a swim in the pool, we have the family vacation for you.

Our Dude Ranch is just like most of the Dude Ranch's you'll find out west, we are just closer to the east. Our old western town look gives you the feel of being in the old west. Our horse program is a hands on experience too, because you get to learn how to groom and saddle your ranch horse that you get for the week. We just don't hand you a horse to ride like most ranches, it's more like you brought your own. Horse lovers heaven is what we like to call it!

We are happy to provide all Arabians for your riding enjoyment. Our horses are part of our family and live here at the ranch year round, so you can ride the same one each year. You'll enjoy the time you get to spend with your "ranch" horse all week long! (we've got the carrots) We do have weight and age requirements, so check out the frequently asked questions (FAQ) page for details.

You also get to save the flight money for other things. We are 4 hours from Atlanta, Nashville & Charlotte, 5 hours from Cincinnati, and 8 hours from Washington D.C., all within a days driving distance. Our trail views are some of the best you'll ever experience!

Our Dude Ranch is a premier Smoky Mountain Dude Ranch, for family vacations. We get big families, small families, couples, and singles that come to our Dude Ranch every year, and they come back again too! (check out our new repeat guest discounts) They all arrive as strangers, and leave as friends and family.


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Kadberri's new baby "Akeelah" born on July 6th, 2008


Come and enjoy the sound of nature here in the "wilderness", and get back in touch with yourself, your family, horses, and nature!

Tennessee's best horseback riding, whitewater rafting, and cattle drives are just some of the great activities at our vacation destination for the whole family. Come on in and explore the Smokies vacation experience of a lifetime!


Come on in (click) and explore our informative website to learn about a Dude Ranch vacation experience of a lifetime!

Take some time and explore our site, and if any questions are not answered here, please feel free to call us on our toll free number listed below.

Remember we are within driving distance to most of the U.S. population, and we specialize in a family atmosphere.

See a picture of our dude ranch taken from an airplane to see the great beauty of the area.

Be sure to send in your registration form today to reserve the dates you want to visit. Some of the most popular dates fill up fast so make your reservations today!

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