Best Horseback Riding in Tennessee

This list represents the most popular horseback riding in Tennessee. Use this list to plan your next Tennessee horseback riding trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Grotto Falls


Grotto Falls is appropriately named. Roaring Fork spills from an overhanging ledge some 20 feet into a small pool, creating a dry space behind the falls for the trail to pass. The waterfall is lovel…
From the guidebook "Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park"
Gatlinburg, TN - Hiking, Horseback Riding - 2.6 miles Best Trail in tn - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#2. Mount Cammerer


This hike provides the shortest route to the Mount Cammerer Lookout on the rocky summit of Mount Cammerer. The Civilian Conservation Corps built the fire lookout in the 1930s, using the same design as…
From the guidebook "Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park"
Cosby, TN - Hiking, Horseback Riding - 11.2 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#3. Spence Field via Cades Cove


Anthony Creek cascading over mossy boulders, cove forests carpeted in spring wildflowers, two Appalachian Trail shelters, big trees, great autumn foliage, and scenic Spence Field all conspire to make…
From the guidebook "Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park"
Townsend, TN - Backpacking, Hiking, Horseback Riding - 13.2 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#4. Cucumber Gap and Little River


If you’re looking for an easy, relatively short, and interesting loop hike, it doesn’t get much better than this. It makes a wonderful day hike if you’re staying at Elkmont Campground—you don’t even…
From the guidebook "Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park"
Gatlinburg, TN - Hiking, Horseback Riding - 5.5 miles
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#5. Gregory Bald via Cades Cove


For every time of the year, there is a preferred hike in the Smokies. In the second half of June, this hike is the one. Excepting Roan Mountain (north of the park on the North Carolina–Tennessee borde…
From the guidebook "Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park"
Townsend, TN - Hiking, Horseback Riding - 11.4 miles
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#6. Indian Flats Falls


The easy walk along Lynn Camp Prong is the quintessential Smokies stream hike. Many photographs taken along this stream show up on postcards or prints sold in area stores. In spring the trail sides ex…
From the guidebook "Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park"
Townsend, TN - Hiking, Horseback Riding - 8 miles
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#7. Cooper Road and Rabbit Creek


Although this hike begins from the most popular location in the park—Cades Cove—you’ll have most of the trip to yourself. The extreme western end of the park sees far fewer hikers than other areas, bu…
From the guidebook "Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park"
Townsend, TN - Hiking, Horseback Riding - 16.3 miles
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#8. Abrams Creek and Cooper Road


Cooper Road was once a major access route into Cades Cove. Its wide and relatively gentle grade makes it a popular trail for equestrians and hikers. While you’re likely to encounter horses and a few h…
From the guidebook "Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park"
Tallassee, TN - Hiking, Horseback Riding - 11.6 miles
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#9. Lead Cove and Finley Cane


This hike doesn't offer anything remarkable as far as Smokies scenery goes, but they are unique in that they are moderate-length loop hikes that are easily accessible. That’s a relatively rare thing i…
From the guidebook "Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park"
Townsend, TN - Hiking, Horseback Riding - 7.1 miles
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#10. Brushy Mountain


A fine outing featuring historic structures and ruins, wildflowers, and great views, the hike to Brushy Mountain is a gem of the Smokies. If you hike in April, expect lots of company along the first m…
From the guidebook "Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park"
Gatlinburg, TN - Hiking, Horseback Riding - 11.8 miles
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#11. Jakes Creek and Lynn Camp Prong


With picturesque streams, views, wildflowers, a scenic waterfall, and some fun ridge walking, this hike makes a good option for those looking for a long day hike or an easy overnighter. Another plus i…
From the guidebook "Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park"
Gatlinburg, TN - Hiking, Horseback Riding - 16.9 miles
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#12. Rich Mountain Loop


A great attribute of this hike is that you get to experience some of the beauty of Cades Cove without having to encounter the crowds that always seem to occur on the 11.0-mile loop road through the co…
From the guidebook "Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park"
Townsend, TN - Hiking, Horseback Riding - 8.6 miles
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#13. Lynn Camp Prong and Appalachian Trail


This hike provides a good opportunity to get deep into the Smokies without making an overly strenuous effort. You get to experience a few miles of the Smokies crest (without views, though), and after…
From the guidebook "Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park"
Townsend, TN - Backpacking, Hiking, Horseback Riding - 21 miles
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#14. Turkeypen Ridge and Finely Cane


This hike does not offer anything remarkable as far as Smokies scenery goes, but they are unique in that they are moderate-length loop hikes that are easily accessible. That’s a relatively rare thing…
From the guidebook "Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park"
Townsend, TN - Hiking, Horseback Riding - 9 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#15. Big South Fork Ramble


If mountain biking is your passion, you will definitely want to spend a full weekend in the park. The park lies along the Cumberland Plateau in northeastern Tennessee and southeastern Kentucky. The Cu…
From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides in the South"
Oneida, TN - Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking - 5.3 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#16. Wilderness Trail


This trail, which is the most difficult trail in this entire guidebook, extends along rugged bluffs of the Cumberland River at Cordell Hull Lake. The trail, also known as Cordell Hull Lake Horse Trail…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Nashville - 4th Edition"
Nashville, TN - Hiking, Horseback Riding - 12 miles
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#17. Pine Mountain Loop


From the lowest trailhead in the park, follow lovely Abrams Creek on a watery hike past numerous shoals and huge pools, eventually fording the big stream. A low ridge offers views of Look Rock. Wander…
From the guidebook "Top Trails: Great Smoky Mountains National Park - 2nd Edition"
Happy Valley, TN - Backpacking, Hiking, Horseback Riding - 8.1 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#18. John Oliver Cabin via Rich Mountain Loop Trail


Walk the edge of field and forest, drinking in views of Cades Cove and the mountains that rim it. Cross a few streams then come to the historic John Oliver Cabin, built in 1820. Absorb a way of life t…
From the guidebook "Top Trails: Great Smoky Mountains National Park - 2nd Edition"
Townsend, TN - Hiking, Horseback Riding, Walking - 2.8 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#19. Spence Field and Russell Field Loop


This is a classic Smokies loop, done as either a dayhike or overnight adventure. Leave Cades Cove along scenic Anthony Creek. Rise to Bote Mountain, reaching Spence Field and the Appalachian Trail (AT…
From the guidebook "Top Trails: Great Smoky Mountains National Park - 2nd Edition"
Townsend, TN - Backpacking, Hiking, Horseback Riding - 13 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#20. Rocky Top via Lead Cove


This hike is the epitome of the old adage, “You reap what you sow.” You will burn a lot of calories on this climb with views as good as they come. Travel Lead Cove to intersect Bote Mountain Trail. Jo…
From the guidebook "Top Trails: Great Smoky Mountains National Park - 2nd Edition"
Townsend, TN - Backpacking, Hiking, Horseback Riding - 11.6 miles
Published by Wilderness Press