Twin Valley Bed & Breakfast and Horse Ranch
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Contact Us: (865) 984-0980
Realize Your Dream of Mountain Living
240 Acres Nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains
Your "Homestay Vacation"
can be personalized with your choice of:
- Bed and Breakfast In Authentic Log Home
- Camping Isolated Primitive Shelters
Housekeeping cabin or unit - For the single person or whole family
- Ranch Horses available
- Nightly Stabling Bring Your Own Horse!
- Horseback Riding Guided Mountain Horse rides 1/2 day or Day Rides
- Instruction Mountain Riding / Basic Horsemanship
- Miles of Horse Trails
Experience the Joy of Horses All guests are invited to learn and participate in the care and handling of the horses.
Other Ranch Activities
- Fishing Catfish, Bass and Bluegill
- Packed Lunches
- Campfires / Cookouts - At our pond pavilion
- Swimming 1/2 Acre Springfed Pond, with rope swing
- Outdoor Chapel A place of fellowship, or a place of solitude.
- Petting zoo Fun for the kids! Bunnies, goats, donkey, kittys, sheep and more.
- Western Horseback Weddings Call for Wedding Information
Less than 12 miles from the ranch:
Great Smoky Mt. National Park
Tubing down Little River
Golf - 27 holes
Bike Trails (one leaves right from our gate!)
Cities of Maryville, Alcoa, Townsend
Less than 25 miles from the ranch:
Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Dollywood, Knoxville
Pickup and return to nearby
Knoxville Airport available on request.
Kenneth and Janice Tipton, a couple who have realized their dream of country living and will delight in sharing it with you!
Twin Valley Horse Ranch welcomes you year round.
Gift Certificates are Available!!!
Activities by Reservation Only
While staying here at Twin Valley all our guests are welcome to participate in the many activities right here on the ranch. No need to drive and fight tourist traffic! We have a half acre spring fed pond which is stocked with catfish, bass and bluegill. Also it is 16 feet deep and great for swimming, complete with a "ropy dope" for some good old fashion country fun. Picnic tables, fire ring and grill, pavilion, and campfire wood are there for your use.
Our many animals will delight both young and older. Hold the bunnies, feed "Micky and Grinder", the fainting goats, scratch "Dilly" the pot belly pig, collect eggs, groom "Monty" the donkey and of course many kitties , our faithful trail scout "Fox", and of course the official "Guest Greeter" HENRY the goose!
Experience the adventure of real mountain riding. We match horses to riders depending on size, experience level and age. All rides leave right from the barn, only a 2 minute hike from your cabin. A short introductory demonstration will familiarize you with your horse and mountain riding techniques, and answer all your questions. All rides are done by pre-reservations. Cost depends on which ride you sign up for. We welcome our guest to get involved, to learn and help with the care of our horses before and after the rides.
Many trails wind up and down our valleys for those who prefer to hoof it themselves. Hike for 30 minutes or all day! The great variety of trees, plants and flowers makes this a nature lovers paradise.
Horse Boarding, Mt. Trail Rides & Instructions
Vacation With Your Own Horse
Ride the trails of Great Smoky National Park, just 12 miles away. Your horse will enjoy a 30 foot paddock with shelter and running water. A wash rack is available, along with a large outdoor arena.
Our Mountain Trained Ranch Horses . . . Waiting For You!
Ride exciting wooded trails with spectacular views and mountain adventure. Intimate groups are fun for all experience levels. Horses are chosen to accommodate all riders, beginner through advanced. Guests are invited to participate in the handling of horses before and after the ride.
Instruction in horseback riding as well as basic horsemanship is available.
The proprietor has an AAS in horse husbandry and has gained years of first hand experience on ranches in the rugged Rocky Mountains before settling in the beautiful Smoky Mountains.
- Please no stallions
- All horses are required to have a current negative coggins test (EIA).
Stall or paddocks, - $15 per Horse/Per Night
We will be glad to offer assistance in planning trips to the Smoky Mountain National Park a short distance away.
Horseback Riding and Instruction
- All trail rides include guide + leave directly from the barn.
- 1/2 Day Ride (includes snacks and drink): your horse - $30, ranch horse - $60
- Day Ride (includes snack and lunch break): your horse - $55, ranch horse - $95
Lesson "Hands On" (3 Hours) - $65
Includes Instruction in Safety, Handling, Grooming and Saddling the Horse. Ring Lesson Covering Basic Control, Position of Rider and Mountain Riding Techniques. Unsaddling and Care for Your Horse.
Lessons are tailored to meet individual needs according to age, interest and experience level.
For a safe and comfortable ride we suggest riders bring raingear, water bottle or canteen and wear long pants and sturdy shoes/boots with a LOW heel (No sandals allowed). Safety helmets are recommended and available for use.
At time of reservations we will need to know each rider's weight. (Sorry, 225 lb. limit) and riding experience experience, if any, to reserve a suitable horse.
Every effort is made to ensure you and your horse's safety, however, we cannot assume any liability for personal injuries, livestock injuries, or damage to your equipment. Because of this we ask that upon checking in with us you sign a waiver of release. This waiver must be signed prior to any riding at Twin Valley Ranch.
Check-in time 2 - 5 p.m. Check out by 11:00 a.m.
Please prearrange special check-in times!
Gratuities for volunteer or senior trail guides are not included and are very much appreciated!
Remember to bring your souvenir money ( cash only) for our trading post on site,
which offers Twin Valley t- shirts, hats, frames, postcards and magnets featuring our horses/animals, trails, cabins and views.
All Rates Plus Tax / 50% Deposit Required on Accommodations and Riding.
Visa/MasterCard accepted for deposits only.
Balance is due on arrival by Cash, Money Order or Traveler's Checks.
No credit cards accepted at check-in time.
Two Week Notice required for guaranteed refund of half deposit unless rebooked.
$15 processing fee on cancellations and changes.
No personal checks.
The Lukes Cabin or the Rustic Wilderness shelters are both Pet Friendly. We love animals and only ask that they be well behaved and not allowed to chew things in the cabin or chase our other pets...cats, chickens, goats etc.
Let it be a vacation for the pet too! Hike with your dogs on our many trails, Your dogs are allowed to come with you for ranch feeding activities and stay with you at the pond area for swimming/fishing/cookout .
Please have your pet supervised at all times when not in cabin and leashed at least until you know that he will not run and get lost OR bother any of our animals.
We LOVE children and like to think that this vacation will be one to remember for the rest of their lives.
Trying new things, learning about animals/horses, feeding, playing games, pooper scooper duty, gathering eggs, running/hiking and getting dirty! A place where kids can be kids and the older children can enjoy the freedom of hiking or barn visits just a short walk from their cabin.
Parents love not having to move the car , just to go "do" something!
How to Find UsTwin Valley Horse Ranch is located three miles off U.S. 321 between Maryville and Walland.
- From the West (Nashville) Exit I-40 at Exit #364 onto 321N.
- Go through Maryville to Walland. Staying on 321 N.
- Just past motorcycle shops turn left onto Melrose Station Road (mile marker #20). If you come to the Foothills Parkway you have gone too far.
- After crossing a 2-lane bridge turn left at the end of Melrose Station Road.
- Turn right on Cold Spring Road. Go approx. 1.5 miles.
- At the 'Y' bear to the left at yield.
- At end of road turn right. Shortly you will see our
black wood fence on left. Enter at the red gate at the
main entrance. Please shut the gate behind you. Follow drive past cabins to barn and trading post area. Often we will be there to check you in. If not, continue to main lodge by making a sharp left turn to top of mountain! (Follow signs).
From the South (Chattanooga) Exit I-75 at Exit #81 onto 321N.
From the North (Kentucky) Exit I-75 on I-640 West to I-40 East to U.S. 129S. (Alcoa Highway) stay on 129 past Knoxville Airport until you reach 321 N.
- From the East (Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, North Carolina)
- From Pigeon Forge head to the west onto 321S (Wears Valley Road).
- Travel approximately 15 miles to Townsend.
- Turn right (this is still 321) towards Maryville.
- Just past the Fire Station on the right turn right
onto Melrose Station Road (mile marker #20).
- Follow above directions.
- Go through Maryville to Walland. Staying on 321 N.