Trail riding in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park

I’m going to document our trail rides in and around the Great Smoky Mountain National Park because I’ve found very little useful or helpful information online.  Hopefully, someone who is interested may search for information like this and come across my descriptions and find them helpful for their own planning or to get ideas.  If you come across this and know of other sites, please let me know and I will link to them so as a group we can improve the knowledge of horse access in and around the GSMNP. Likewise, if you would like to post your own trail rides, I can take your information and write it up or I can allow you to create your own.  If there is enough interest, I can even get a new domain and create a trail riding forum/blog with additional features. I’ve added a category and a some tags for Trail Riding (and GSMNP), which you can see at the bottom of this post.  I’ll try to post our trail rides at least monthly as we tend to go once or twice per month.
We recently moved to Tennessee and now live within 20 minutes of the Tremont area of the GSMNP.  We have our own horses and trailer and these ride descriptions will be geared towards similar people.  There are plenty of rent-a-horse places both outside and inside the park for those that just want to try riding or have a story to tell when they return from their vacation. Some of the trails documented here are pretty rough and only seasoned riders and horses should attempt them.
I will try to put in detailed maps and a narrative of the ride for each ride.
A couple of pointers –

  1. Review the rules and regulations for the area you are riding.  Know what is and what is not allowed.  Know when can and when you can’t ride (no point in driving
  2. Learn the difference between a hiking only trail and a mixed use trail. It’s a great privilege to be able to ride in a National Park, don’t give the park a reason to resend that privilege.
  3. Take plenty of water and a small first aid kit.
  4. Be safe.  You will be riding in an area that is pretty remote and medical and veterinary assistance may be unavailable.
  5. USE A MAP

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