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Big Rock Dude Ranch at Ponderosa

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Address: 909 Little Cove Rd, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863-4531
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+1 865-428-9398

Horseback Riding, Petting Zoo, Fishing Pond, Gem Mining, ATV Rides, onsite...

Horseback Riding, Petting Zoo, Fishing Pond, Gem Mining, ATV Rides, onsite Chow-Boys Cafe & General Store Free picnic area Heritage museum. peace/guitet swings around the duck pond playing area kids ,Horse shoes pit.or just rocking on the General store porch.And surrounded by little cove creek to wade in.

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Nice Place to take the Family

Wasn't crowded when we went on the first ride of the morning. Enjoyed the trial ride up the mountain and back with daughter and granddaughter. The trail guide was wonderful. After... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Bradenton, Florida
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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81 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Watch 10+ people fish for over an hour....not a sign of a fish! Horse back riding prohibited you from taking any pics....ruined the experience. Zoo area maybe had a handful of animals....not a zoo! Big waste of money.....sham advertisements.....spend your money elsewhere, and enjoy.

Thank WWH47
Omaha, Nebraska
1 review
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Staff and mgmt are very concerned for safety given the ride takes you up steep mountain trails. They were very in tune with rider capabilities and appropriately placed riders with matching horse and position in the trail ride. Would spend many times going back there if we were around longer. If you have young kids in group they can stay... More 

Thank clpuffnstuff
Bradenton, Florida
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9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Wasn't crowded when we went on the first ride of the morning. Enjoyed the trial ride up the mountain and back with daughter and granddaughter. The trail guide was wonderful. After the ride our granddaughter enjoyed the gem mining and fishing. Although one fish was caught in the fish pond the fish seemed to eat the bait and not bite... More 

Thank B_and_B2010
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Traveled to this spot with my husband's classmates for a mini-reunion. The first turnoff we were quoted a price over the phone, but once we got there the price was an additional $20. We were a little perturbed, but decided to go forward with the tour. This was my first experience on an ATV and I took a spill early... More 

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1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband took me here as a treat for our honeymoon. Donna was Fantastic and our tour guide Jonathan was unlike any other. I would recommend this place to anyone. The horses were all beautiful and gentle.

Thank Ericka N
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5 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My daughter enjoyed her ride. However, we paid for a 1 hour ride which lasted 30 minutes. She headed out on her ride at 12:57 and the ranch hand said "they'll be back in an hour". At 1:30 were were getting in our car to leave.

Thank Lisa B
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4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very happy with this place. The ride (my very first horse ride) was beautiful and the horses and faculty were great. My new wife got to bottle feed a baby goat . What a wonderful memory we made. I definitely recommend visiting this place.

Thank John S
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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175 reviews
93 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have ridden horses in many mountain ranges across the country. Although this was not a long ride, Jarred made sure we had a great time and ensured the little kids that joined our group where not scared and understood the horses. You can feed the barn animals and the peacock and duck filled pond just added to the ambiance... More 

Thank David M
Austin, Arkansas
1 review
Reviewed 18 April 2017

This place is absolutely beautiful. The staff were all so friendly and helpful. My nephew is special needs and Eddie and Mark in the stables were fantastic with him both before, during, and after the ride. This is such a great family place and we will definitely be going back.

Thank brandimae
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 14 April 2017

What a cute place. Want to horseback ride, ATV and go fishing. This is the place for you! They offer all of the above with multiple different packages to suit your needs. My daughter and I went horseback riding while my husband and son went fishing. All for under a hundred bucks. Plus they threw in food to feed animals... More 

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