Discover an Equestrian's Dream in the Great Smoky Mountains
by Scott Tidwell
Published on this site: December 6th, 2010 - See
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The Great Smoky Mountains are the perfect location for a peaceful
trip away from the noise and endless activity of city living.
Clear mountain streams, bright blue skies, and miles of lush
forests soothe your overloaded senses and serve to remind you of
a time when life was simpler and not so hurried and hectic.
Walking a mountain trail can bring a sense of tranquility to even
the most chaotic life, but true nature lovers will prefer to
saddle up and see the mountains from horseback, just as the early
settlers did. Whether you're a beginner or an avid rider, the
variety of guided horseback tours available in Gatlinburg and
Pigeon Forge means you'll find a getaway to perfectly match every
Spend an Afternoon Enjoying the Solitude
Even if the last horse you sat astride was of the carousal type,
you'll love a short jaunt along an easy mountain trail. Meander
along a well-worn path around a secluded lake, the calm waters
reflecting the azure sky. Perhaps you'll catch a glimpse of the
local wildlife as they come to the water's edge to drink or play.
You'll enjoy seeing the wide variety of trees and flowers native
to the area, including the delicate trillium and the brilliant
orange Turk's Cap Lily.
These short and easy walks are perfect for the novice rider, or
even for experienced horsemen who simply want to enjoy the
scenery. Knowledgeable guides assist you every step of the way,
including lessons in horsemanship and safety before you set off.
The horses themselves know the trails well, and help make your
Make a Day of It
For the more adventurous, a longer excursion is just the thing to
bring you closer to nature. Follow the path of a mountain stream
past shallow pools and hidden glades to remote waterfalls few
people ever visit. With no easy-access walkways or gift shops
selling plastic souvenirs to obscure your view, it's easy to
forget civilization is just a few miles away.
Enjoy a picnic lunch in a trailside clearing as the horses rest.
With no sound save the songs of birds and nothing to see but
acres of green, it's easy to see why visitors return again and
again to this idyllic spot. You'll smell the fresh scents of
mountain wildflowers; see forest creatures as they scurry about
in secluded meadows, and return to camp with a lighter heart and
a renewed spirit.
Experience Life from a Settler's Point of View
If you enjoy a true wilderness spirit, don't stop at just a day
trip. Head to the mountains for an overnight adventure that
includes living much like the early pioneers did. You'll explore
hidden valleys, discover unmapped trails, and at the end of the
day you'll unwind around a roaring campfire. Pitch a tent under
the stars and enjoy peaceful dreams, knowing the only alarm clock
you'll hear in the morning will be the quiet snuffling of a
Leave the cell phones, laptops, and day planners behind, and take
a restful, calming tour of the Great Smoky Mountains. There's
nothing quite like seeing the world from atop a horse, and in the
Smokies, Mother Nature puts on a spectacular show. Miles of quiet
trails, hundreds of species of wildflowers, and more wildlife
than you'll find just about anywhere on earth make this vacation
spot a nature lover's dream.
Scott Tidwell invites you to book cabins in Pigeon Forge,
Tennessee through Arrowhead Cabin Rentals. Visit http://www.arrowheadpigeonforge.com for pricing and availability.