Twin Valley Bed & Breakfast and Horse Ranch
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Realize Your Dream of Mountain Living
240 Acres Nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains
The beautiful Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee are one of the most popular vacation destinations for family fun or a couples getaway in the U.S.A!You can experience both a secluded "Back to Nature" mountain getaway and the excitement of all the family-fun attractions of this area, Walland, Tennessee, in ONE vacation!Twin Valley Bed & Breakfast Ranch is located in the beautiful foothills of the Smokies, just minutes away from the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and the excitement of Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Knoxville, plus other great regional attractions. With miles of private mountain trails for horseback riding on our sure-footed mountain horses, fabulous mountain views, a rustic mountain ranch-style escape awaits you and your family.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Janice Tipton for sharing her own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
Folks love the unique opportunity to stay at a horse ranch where you can walk right from your cabin or room and join in on all horse activities including feeding, grooming and specialized mountain horse rides OR just relaxing on a porch rocker enjoying horses on open range in their natural state.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
True southern hospitality, my mom and I love sharing and helping folks to have the BEST outdoor/mountain, back to nature experience ever! From walking the llama ( Nutmeg) to feeding the pig ( Dillie) to playing "house" with the bunnies folks of ALL ages will find their worries and stress of everyday life just melt away.
I love our western/rustic decor, from the paddocks built from locust trees to the Ranch House with different types of wood all logged off our property by my late husband, Tip. I love sharing our dream, horses and way of life with all those who pass through my gate into our own little world.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
The Great Smoky Mountain National Park is so close and is so beautiful. This park bought by the people will never have an entry fee and is visited by more people than any other national park.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
When folks tell me that they leave here feeling spiritually and physically revived. When children choose us over a big trip to the beach or Disney or an amusement park and leave here in tears. When folks feel that love and connection with my horses and go home to take lessons or buy a horse of their own. This is how I know that my horses and I are making a real difference in people's lives.
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
Country Western Dancing with a live band, friendly helpful people, and family atmosphere. Only 20 minutes from the ranch, on weekends, you can enjoy the real deal even if you have never danced, you will leave feeling like a boot scootin cowboy!
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
Tubing down the Little River, driving tour around the Cades Cove Loop, hiking, antiques, zip lining, evening stage shows, cave tours, factory outlet malls, Gatlingburg and Pigeon Forge, nature hikes.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
This is one reason why folks Love the ranch. There are so many things right here, you never even have to get back in your car! Step out your door and hike our many unique trails, all hand built over a period of 10 years, swim/fish in our spring fed pond, enjoy the peaceful glow of our Outdoor Chapel, walk the llama, gather farm fresh eggs, join the morning and evening work crew for feeding and care of the horses and petting animals, play with the bunnies, go on a night hike with the kitties and dog following along, lay under the stars on Onion Head where no artificial lights can be seen, sit around the campfire telling stories and eating smores, and of course, don't forget the chance to be a mountain riding cowboy or girl with our ONE of a KIND specialized horse rides.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
The Smokys has some of the best Barbecue around!
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference? How many rooms does your inn have?
I have 2 rooms in my log home that I rent out, and there is the Lukes cabin which sleeps up to 6 people and then the Ranch House has 2 private, large, one room units with kitchens, and are all decorated in the cowboy/pioneer theme. If you want to "rough it",then the 2 back country Wilderness Shelters may just be the thing for you.
Do you accept pets?
Absolutely, we love animals and like to think that your furry friend will have just as much fun on vacation as you! Lukes Cabin and the Wilderness Shelters are pet friendly. Pets must be signed up at time of reservations.
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.
About Our Inn
- Bed and Breakfast In Authentic Log Home
- Camping Isolated Primitive Shelters
- Housekeeping cabin or unit - For the single person or whole family
- Horses Activities
- 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
- FishPrivacy at Luke's Cabin nestled in the woods at Twin Valley B & B Horse Ranching Catfish, Bass and Bluegill
- Packed Lunches
- Campfires / Cookouts - At our pond pavilion
- Swimming 1/2 Acre Springfed Pond, with rope swing
- The Lodge at Twin Valley Bed and Breakfast Horse RanchOutdoor 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
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.
- 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.
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!
Less than 12 miles from the ranch:
- Tuckaleechee Caverns
- Cade's Cove
- Great Smoky Mt. National Park
- Tubing down Little River
- Golf - 27 holes
- Antique shops
- Bike Trails (one leaves right from our gate!)
- Cities of Maryville, Alcoa, Townsend
- Heritage Center
Less than 25 miles from the ranch:
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!!!
- Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Dollywood, Knoxville
- Airport Transportation
- Pickup and return to nearby
- Knoxville Airport available on request
How to Find Us
- Twin Valley Horse Ranch is located three miles off U.S. 321 between Maryville and Walland
- 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 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