Horses, Motorcycles and More: Townsend Offers Plenty of Riding Options | Special Mdt

A highlight of any nature-based location is the ability for visitors to get up and walk around to see the sights, and Townsend certainly delivers on that.

Whether on horseback, motorbike, or personal vehicle, the peaceful side of the Smokies is often best explored on horseback, allowing visitors to soak it all up at their own pace.

Here are some of the different options for horseback riding adventures in Townsend:

Cades Cove Equestrian Center

Looking to trek Townsend with the use of a horse? There are several companies that allow visitors to do this, and one of them is Cades Cove Riding Stables, 10018 Campground Drive, Townsend. Cades Cove Riding Stables offers guided hikes and carriage rides. Whether visitors prefer to guide a horse themselves or simply ride and relax while seated in a horse-drawn carriage, these options are all available. The stables also offer hay rides for those who want to tour the area on the back of a tractor-drawn hay trailer.

“For expert riders and beginners alike, a journey through time through the breathtaking wilderness of Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an adventure you’ll never forget,” the website says. of Cades Cove Riding Stables.

“We have a range of activities available that the whole family can enjoy. All you have to do is choose your own adventure.

Davy Crockett Riding StablesFor visitors primarily focused on riding, Davy Crockett Riding Stables, 505 Old Cades Cove Road, Townsend, offers mountain treks for varying time packages.

All rides are accompanied by a guide and Davy Crockett Riding Stables is open seven days a week, weather permitting, from March to November this year. He can even count Yves Pons, who previously played basketball at Tennessee and now plays for the Memphis Grizzlies, and his wife Titi Jones as customers, as they visited the stables in 2020, according to the company’s Facebook page. .

“It’s good to have reservations, but walk-ins are welcome when we can get them. We can’t always get them,” owner Anita Vananda said.

“If they are 5 or older, they ride their own horse. We line infants, so if you have children up to four years old, as long as the adult is small enough to fit in the saddle with the child.

“We are a family place. We have many, many people who come back year after year and show us their pictures of their children from the age of five until now they are 14, they come every year.

Rentals in Wolf Creek

Hoping for a faster and more exhilarating experience? At Wolf Creek Rentals, 7321 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Townsend, visitors can reserve motorbikes to ride the scenic roads of Townsend.

Wolf Creek Rentals offers many types of bikes for rent, including models from Harley Davidson, Honda, and BMW. Polaris Slingshot motorcycles, which are three-wheeled and feature a sit-in cockpit, are also available.

With so many motorcycle-friendly avenues in the area, those who prefer a bit more speed and modern engineering should get their fix here.

“The staff at Wolf Creek Rentals is completely dedicated to ensuring you have the best rental experience,” the Wolf Creek Rentals website states, “and making sure your next ride through the Smokies is your best yet!”

Cades Cove Jeep Outpost

For those who want to beef up their Jeep and explore, Townsend has no shortage of opportunities for that either.

Cades Cove Jeep Outpost, 8205 TN-73, Townsend, caters specifically to Jeep owners, selling vehicle-related parts, gifts and accessories. It also hosts events throughout the year and uses them to raise awareness and funds for local organizations such as Cades Cove Preservation Association, Smoky Mountain Heritage Center and the National Park.

He’s even co-hosting a “Go Topless In the Smokies” event on May 21 to benefit the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center.

“A lot of people these days are just looking for a reason to get out, and a Jeep gives them the opportunity to go a little further than they normally would,” said general manager Dustin Davis. “And even in an area where trails might be a little more limited, it just gives you the opportunity to get out and experience things (in) a little more of an open setting.

“Enjoy it a little more to the fullest, I guess that would be the best way to put it. A lot of people like to put the tops back on their Jeeps, take the doors off and just get out there and breathe in the mountain air and enjoy it. , whether off-road or not.

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Clyde P. Johnson