The Great Smoky Mountains are estimated to be 250 million years old. That’s a quarter of a billion years of blue-hued peaks reaching toward the heavens, hardwoods-carpeted hills, and snowy trillium blossoms. These majestic mountains truly have quite the tradition when it comes to beauty and relaxation. 

Speaking of traditions, Cataloochee Ranch is celebrating its 80th season. This mountain milestone will be loaded with special events showcasing the origin of the ranch and the hospitality of the Alexander family. Come experience the peak of ranch recreation and relaxation at this North Carolina utopia.   

Peek into the past with the special camp-themed “Way Back When” event, which celebrates the ranch’s beginnings. A re-created base camp will be the site of twice-monthly dinners in the authentic style of the 1933 fishing camp, complete with campfires, mountain trout, and old-time music. Whether you’re a returning rancher or a new guest, you’re sure to fall in love with the friendly, laid-back atmosphere. 

“It is not uncommon for guests to return year after year for a chance to reconnect,” Lake Norman Magazine:  Destination Unplugged writer Michael Solender said.

A large reason why guests return is because of the unmatched hospitality of the Alexander family. Whether you’re staying in Cabins on the Ridge, ranch cabins, Silverbell Lodge, or the Main Ranch House, the family strives to make your stay unforgettable. Private decks with mountain views, fireplaces, Jacuzzis, satellite television, and more add to the sense of ease. 

After relaxation, discover recreation at this outdoor oasis. Horseback ride through mountain-cradled meadows, hike through the pristine peaks, set off on a wagon ride, or pick a bouquet of wandering wildflowers. Once the ranch is transformed into a winter wonderland, hit the hills for scenic skiing and snowboarding. Adventure awaits around every corner.  

There seems to be an inverse relationship between your blood pressure and the elevation of Cataloochee Guest Ranch,” Solender said. “The higher you climb the more relaxed you get.”

Indeed, this ranch is the perfect place to unplug and soak in the simplicity. So, come join the friendly staff and celebrate 80 years of mile-hospitality at Cataloochee Ranch. 

Cataloochee Ranch

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