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Several hundred miles of backcountry trails on the Tennessee side are open to horseback riders. Horses are restricted to trails specifically designated for horse use; check the park trail map ($1) for horse trails and rules and regulations about riding in the backcountry. You can also download a map from www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/horseriding.htm.
Cades Cove Riding Stables. This park concessionaire offers carriage rides ($12), hayrides ($12), and ranger-guided hayrides ($14), along with horseback riding ($30 an hour). Call the stables to find out times and dates of ranger-led hayrides. Horseback riders must be at least 6 years old and weigh no more than 250 pounds. Cades Cove Campground, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC, 37882. 865/448-9009. www.cadescovestables.com. Closed early Dec.-mid-Mar.
Smoky Mountain Riding Stables. You'll find 40 trained trail horses at Smoky Mountain Riding Stables, a park concessionaire. One-hour rides in the park are $30, and two-hour rides, $60. Riders must be at least 5 years old and weigh no more than 225 pounds. U.S. Hwy. 321 (East Pkwy.), 4 mi east of downtown Gatlinburg, Gatlinburg, TN, 37738. 865/436-5634. www.smokymountainridingstables.com. Closed late Nov.-mid-Mar.
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