Lowdown

  • Established

    1993. Guest ranch since 2001
  • Owner

    Bobby, Shawn & JoAnn Gannon
  • Manager

    the family
  • Tel

    800-995-7678
  • Nightly Rates (per adult)

    $225 - $250
  • Nightly Rates (per child)

    $145 - $160
  • Minimum Stay

    2 days
  • Maximum Guests

    25
  • Works with travel agents?

    Yes
  • Great For

    Romance, Action & adventure, Peace & quiet, Solitude, Diverse scenery

Located in the beautiful Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, we have dedicated ourselves to providing the best ranch experience east of the Mississippi – we welcome you and your family to come stay a while. We are one of the dude ranches located in the 'wrong' part of the country, but that only means we are closer to you! We operate just like a traditional Western dude ranch, with horseback riding and cattle work, and great home-cooked meals. Our ranch will give you what you want the most: cherished memories with your loved ones.

Good time to go

Summer: Full activities and lots of families

Spring: Wildflowers, big creek flows and medium flow of guests

Fall: Beautiful colors, relaxing cool nights

Winter: Thanksgiving and Christmas

Children at the Ranch

Great for children aged 5 and over

Our ranch is family friendly. That is why we provide an experience where families stay together and learn from that interaction just how important a family can be. We do not pull the kids away during the meals or activities, as we believe a family vacation means just that!

Minimum age children can ride

5 and over

Activities

whitewater rafting, floating, Kids Painting

Games

horseshoes, pool table, Air Hockey, Foosball

Ranch History

We opened in 1993 as a stable and campground, and eventually became a dude ranch in 2001.

Lowdown

  • Enjoy

    Ranch-style
  • Meals served

    family style, everyone eats together, scheduled meals
  • Alcohol

    available for purchase
  • Enjoy dining in

    nature settings, dining room (casual attire)
  • You'll definitely love

    locally grown produce, fresh daily bread, fresh daily desserts
  • Dietary restrictions catered for

    lactose intolerant, vegetarians, Gluten free, other

Our guests may bring their own hard liquor or wine. Our saloon sells many kinds of beer and wine coolers (which guests are not allowed to bring or keep in their rooms).

Guest Favourites

  • Fried Southern Pork Chops
  • Roast Beef
  • Mac-n-Cheese

Your Chef, Ian Loring

Ian is a talented chef who cooks with great passion. Our menu is mainly Southern cooking, but we also have a Spaghetti Western night and a Mexican buffet during the week.

Sample Menu

  • Entrées

  • Southern Fried Pork Chop
  • Cheesy Mac N Cheese
  • Grandma's Green Beans
  • Homemade yeast rolls
  • Desserts

  • Peach Cobbler topped with Vanilla Ice Cream

Lowdown

  • Address

    461 OLD RIVER ROAD
    DEL RIO
    Tennessee
    37727
    USA
  • Remote Location

    Yes
  • Elevation

    1250 ft
  • Private Land

    250-1000 acres

Nearest Town - Newport, Tennessee

Newport, Tennessee has a population of 15000 (approx), and is situated 12 miles / 15 mins from the Ranch.

Facilities in Newport, Tennessee include: grocery store, pharmacy, church, school, post office, medical clinic, hospital, bank, atm, gas station.

For shopping Newport, Tennessee offers: small hometown necessity shops, boutique shops.

Ranch shuttle

No

Nearest Airports

McGee Tyson (TYS), Knoxville, Tennessee

Distance

70 miles / 1 hour 30 mins

Airlines

Delta, United, Allegiant, United Express, American Airlines

Ranch shuttle

No

Rental car

Required


Ashville Regional Airport, Asheville, North Carolina

Distance

70 miles / 1 hour 30 mins

Airlines

Delta, Allegiant, United Express

Ranch shuttle

No

Rental car

Required

Lowdown

  • Type of Riding

    Western Riding
  • Riding opportunities for

    Beginner, Intermediate, Experienced
  • Most riders are

    Beginner
  • Rides are grouped by

    Everyone rides together, Families ride together
  • Max riders per ride

    10
  • Wranglers per ride

    2
  • Pace of ride

    Walk, Trot, Lope
  • Guest Horses

    25
  • Horse Types

    Arabians
  • Hours in the saddle

    Morning - 1 hour
    Afternoon - 2 hours
    Evening - 1 hour

The Setting

Private Land (250-1000 acres)

We are situated at the foothills of the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and we front the French Broad River for 1 mile. Our Blue trail rides along the river basin and is mostly all flat terrain. All of the other trails (green, red, white and gold) climb up the mountain from 200-1000 feet.


Our Riding

Good to know

All regular trail rides are at a walk. We position more experienced riders towards the rear as trotting usually occurs by the nature of a trail ride. We also offer cattle drives where trotting and loping might occur as needed for more experienced riders. Once a week during the summer, we also offer a loping/galloping ride but you must past our Balance Test to go.

Weight limit for riding

Up to 225 lbs

Riding considerations

no riding experience needed, We recommend a good level of physical fitness

Hours in the saddle

Our ranch provides one ride before lunch and one ride after lunch. There are days when water activities are offered, such as on Tuesday when our guests can go tubing because the ride is later and supper can be served on a mountain top.


Why our riding stands out

  • Each guest goes through 1.5 hours of horse orientation. During this class, we teach guests how to obtain balance quickly using our Balanced Riding Method. We have had guests that have never ridden when they arrive and yet that are able to pass the galloping riders test.
  • We only use the Arabian Horse. This magnificent, time-honored breed is often misaligned by people that don't know what they can do. Once trained using Natural Horsemanship techniques, the Arabian is gentle, durable and above all very intelligent.
  • The beautiful Smoky Mountains of Tennessee!

Sample Riding Itinerary

Day 1: Everyone rides in the corral for 15 minutes to get to know their horse, then to a trail ride. After lunch there is another trail ride or cattle drive.

Day 2. Cattle drive back for some while others go out on a trail ride. The ride later is the Supper Ride which meets at 5.30 pm. During the afternoon you can go tubing.

Day 3: 2 rides

Day 4: 2 rides

Day 5: Ride in the morning and cattle drive in the afternoon

 

Riding Lessons

During a regular stay, we provide knowledge to help guest achieve better riding using balance. We offer more advanced riding lessons during our clinics, which are not ofered on a regular stay.

Details

lessons come with package, basic riding lessons, advanced horsemanship lessons

Given by

ranch owner or manager

Location

in the arena

Cattle work - pasture gathers

We offer all guests a cattle drive during the summer months and during the lower seasons. If guests are here for 3 nights, they also get to do a cattle drive.

When

Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

Frequency

Weekly

Interaction

Guests participate

Arena Work

Type

outdoor arena

Activities

penning

Lowdown

  • Nightly Rates (per adult)

    $225 - $250
  • Nightly Rates (per child)

    $145 - $160
  • Nightly Rates (non-rider)

    $200 - $225
  • Nightly Rates (nanny)

    $160 - $200
  • Minimum Stay

    2 days
  • Preferred Arrival Day

    Sun
  • Preferred Departure Day

    Weds, Thurs, Fri, Sat
  • Style of accommodation

    Ranch rustic
  • Packages available

    2 night, 3 night, 4 night, 5 night, 6 night

French Broad Outpost Dude Ranch can cater for up to 25 guests. See below for details and indicative rates.

Lodge | Lodge Rooms

Rates (Per Person)

Summer: $250
Winter: $225

Rates (Additional Info)

Summers provide all of the activities we offer. Non Summer months provided horseback trail rides and cattle drives.

Minimum Stay

2 nights

Description

We have 4 lodge rooms that will sleep 4 each. Two were built for 2 adults and 2 kids and two were built with 2 queens for adults or teens. We have 7 hotel rooms that are above the saloon that can sleep 2 people in a room to 5 people in another room. All rooms have private bathrooms along with a/c and heat depending on the season.

Rooms

11

Bathrooms

Private bathroom

Amenities

air conditioning


Booking Policy

A 30% deposit is required. Cancellations made 60 days before arrival are only charged a 20% admin fee, OR you can move to another time up to a year away. For cancellations made less than 60 days, there is no refund available of deposit, but you can pay your trip in full and have up to 1 year to use it.

Included in your stay

meals, activities, lodging, gratuity, Riding, Entertainment

Extras

Tax

Store and saloon purchases.

Gratuity

Gratuity is included in your quote.

Guided Fly Fishing

Guided fishing is extra for guide.

Lowdown

  • Communications

    telephone.
  • Cell Networks

    verizon.
  • Business Services

    Conference center.

Onsite

Shopping

We have a small store that sells common needed items and also souvenirs.

Outdoor Activities

bird watching

Water based Activities

outdoor pool, river floating, whitewater rafting-adventure


Fishing & Wildlife

Guide Service is available for an added charge. The French Broad River is renowed as one of the best Small Mouth Bass sections in the country. Fishing for Trout is done in the many nearby creeks and streams, and fish range from Brook Trout to Rainbow (stocked).

Fishing on offer

spin, fly, river, guided non-inclusive, unguided, BYO equipment

Wildlife

We have seen bears, eagles and lots of deer


Additional Services

Corporate Retreats

For groups of up to 30.

We can provide an exciting team building program for business retreats.

Weddings

We can cater for groups of up to 30.

Call for a quote based on your needs and desires.


Local Attractions

Biltmore Estate

This house was built by Vanderbilt in the late 1800's and is located in Asheville NC about 1.25 hours away.

Distance

70 miles / 1 hour 30 mins

Rental car

Required

Highs

  • The perfect family getaway, this Tennessee ranch offers cozy rooms and plenty of activities
  • There is plenty of riding each day, including the opportunity to try team penning a couple of times a week
  • As it's based on the French Broad River, it's a great place if you love water sports like canoeing, tubing, rafting and fishing
  • The ranch really allows you to take a step back in time, as the saloon, shops and rooms have all been designed with an old Western theme in mind
  • Their ranch vacation rates are very competitive

Lows

  • One thing to note is that if you require catering for a special diet to replace the meals on offer, there will be an extra charge

Visitor Reviews

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Awesome Ranch

Truly one of the best times I have ever had, the mountain views are gorgeous. The ranch is wonderful, I was able to ride for the first time! The food is lovely, and the staff is great. You can hike, raft or ride- there are also activities in the evening. LOVE IT

5 stars

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