to the only Dude Ranch in the
Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee!
Our guest lodge and western town
This is a history page so,
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A DUDE RANCH in Tennessee you say?
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
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
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.
we are within driving distance to most of the U.S. population, and we
specialize in a family atmosphere.
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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461 Old River Road - Del Rio, Tennessee 37727