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


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 Our guest lodge and western town

Dude Ranch in Tennessee?

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A DUDE RANCH in Tennessee you say?

Dude ranches, since the turn of the last century, have been catering the growing portion of the public, who prefer to enjoy themselves in their nature experience rather than observe it from a resort window. So, "what is a Dude Ranch"?

Tennessee Guest and Dude Ranches were around long before the ranches of the Western states were formed. The idea of a dude ranch in Tennessee should not seem that different but the Dude Ranch Family Vacation surely is. For a unique vacation in the great outdoors enjoy the beautiful Smoky Mountains with our family and yours.

In the late 1800s many east coasters and Europeans were drawn to the simple life style pioneers discovered out West. The introduction of a transcontinental rail system afforded easy travel from the east coast to the Western frontier, and visitors began to swarm the region. Despite the West's great expanse, the influx of travelers at the time outnumbered available accommodations.

Consequently, cattle and horse ranchers were inundated with requests by friends and relatives to put them up, sometimes even for several months. At first this was just an exchange of hospitality but soon these guests began offering money to their hosts, and thus began the dude ranching enterprise--dude being a turn-of-the-century expression for strangers in a new land.

Though many dude ranches today allow guests to participate in chores like cattle driving, inoculating, and branding, the majority do not require their guests to work. "Even on working cattle ranches, you can do as much or as little as you want to. Horseback riding, cattle roundups, great chow and great people make for an experience your family will enjoy and share for a lifetime.

While many guests head to dude ranches for a solo escape or romantic adventure, a large portion of the ranches gear their facilities and activities toward families. Our family Guest Ranch is here for your family vacation and getaway year round.

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

Shawn Gannon

Our Ranch offers the FULL American Plan which includes all meals, activities, lodging and entertainment. 

Leave the phones, computers, and fax machines behind to enjoy the simple life of long ago. A life surrounded by thousands of acres of beautiful scenery, peaceful mornings, a quiet horseback ride and a relaxing natural setting where you and your family can truly "get away from it all."
We invite you to explore our web site with your dreaming cap on. Dream of being somewhere other than in the hustle & bustle of daily life. Feel the stress being released as you and your family experience and enjoy life's best. Picture yourself sitting on that horse, or rafting down a gorgeous river. It won't be long before you can experience this in reality.


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