Horses, Hiking, and Homecookin’: Feel Like a Local at This Tennessee Ranch

 

Have you ever wanted to spend a few days on a farm, ride a horse through the Cherokee National Forest, or sleep in a tiny home tucked along the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains?  There’s a ranch in Northeast Tennessee that makes you feel like a local the minute you put your boots on the ground.

Meadow Creek Mountain Ranch

Located along winding country roads in Parrottsville, this ranch has a bit more of an Appalachian flare than your typical resort. Owned by three equine enthusiasts, Meadow Creek Mountain Ranch stretches over 40 acres offering lodging, a homestyle café, trails for horseback riding or hiking, and genuine hospitality that is guaranteed to make you feel like family.

 

Staying There

You’ll have a variety of pet-friendly options to choose from on the grounds of the ranch. So pet friendly, you can even bring your horse! The Lodge is located across from the Crazy Horse Café and the main horse barn. The lodge includes six private rooms and bathrooms for solo travelers, partners, or a group with a main gathering area, cozy fireplace, spacious kitchen, wifi, and a front porch with rocking chairs.

If you’re looking for an entire cabin for a larger group, Timber Haven hosts up to 10 people and is just a few steps from the miles of trails leading through the Cherokee National Forest. The ranch also includes two primitive cabins directly in front of the mountains with electricity and access to a bathhouse. Full and partial RV hook-ups as well as tent sites are also available with access to the bathhouse.

Eating There

Crazy Horse Café is popular among the locals, and serves as the perfect spot on the ranch to grab a hardy breakfast, down home lunch, or a relaxing dinner after a day’s worth of trail riding or hiking. If you’re really in the mood for a country lifestyle, campfire cookouts are perfect against the backdrop of the sweet Tennessee sunset.

Owner, Lynn St. Laurent and her staff go above and beyond when it comes to catering to their guests. If you don’t feel like leaving the ranch, grocery delivery services are available, including premade food that you can stick in the oven when it’s time to eat.

Trails

Whether you’re a seasoned horseback rider, or would like to take on a first time ride, the miles of trails at Meadow Creek Mountain Ranch are carved for any level of rider or horse. Guests staying on the property have the opportunity to ride one of the veteran horses owned by the ranch during private guided trail rides. Folks can also bring their horses and board them in one of the 20 stalls on site during their stay. If you’re looking for a daytrip, for a fee $10, trailer parking and trail access are also available. A map is provided upon check-in.

Events

Meadow Creek Ranch’s trails have grown in popularity to host one of the largest national endurance competitions each September called the Meadow Creek Mingle, with more than 150 competitors and a variety of skill levels.

For those looking for a vacation away from the crowds with hopes to connect with nature, each other, or perhaps learn something new, the ranch plans to host a variety of events and workshops in the future dedicated to preservation of the Appalachian Mountain culture.

How to Get There

Meadow Creek Mountain Ranch is located approximately 30 minutes from Greeneville and 20 minutes from Newport, Tenn.

For rates, events, and additional information:

Meadow Creek Mountain Ranch
961 Browns Chapel Road
Parrottsville, TN  37843
MeadowCreekMountain.com
423-623-7543

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