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High Mountains. Deep Roots.

River stone and pine wood were pulled from their roots to form this wide-standing lodge and cabins in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. Time has rounded the corners, smoothing them into the age-old landscape like chalk. You will fit in here like family and find true tradition in the trillium skirted forests and hidden mountain trails of the Smoky blue peaks. Curl up for some storytelling and piano playing or join the fun square dancing and clogging after a good bonfire and marshmallow roast, the perfect end to a genuine mountain-style morning horseback through the Brer Rabbit Trail along the Cataloochee Divide.

  • Wifi
  • Restaurant Onsite
  • Pets Allowed
  • Property Size 24 units
  • Conference Facility
  • Kids Allowed
  • Nearby City Ashevile
  • Nearby Water N/A
  • Open Dates All Year


Cataloochee Ranch offers an incredible all-inclusive stay for your family. Their rates include breakfast and dinner, daily full housekeeping services, and the use of onsite ranch amenities, so you have everything you need for a relaxing and fun-filled ranch experience. Make your next North Carolina getaway one to remember right here!

Dude Ranch

Cataloochee Guest Ranch offers you the chance to experience the workings of a real ranch. So if you guided horseback rides to get into the spirit of the ranch, you can! You can choose between half day rides or all day rides and rides ranch from beginner to expert in difficulty. So you can rest assured that there's something for everyone!


Gather memories on a wildflower walk or take a tour of the Ranch on a tractor-drawn wagon for some family fun the old-fashioned way. Mountain hiking trails can be short, long, or a variance of in-between measured by patches of wildflowers in spring or a kaleidoscope of fiery fall colors. Back at the resort, fish in the trout pond or swim in the heated pool. Play horseshoes, badminton, croquet or ping-pong. Shoot a few hoops. Or just find yourself a shady swing, relax, and soak in the silence.


For more than 75 years, Cataloochee Guest Ranch has called the Great Smoky Mountains home. Guests fasten themselves a saddle, ride into the tunnels of trees and across mountain streams and are granted more than peace; they find tradition. Help preserve the heritage of this very special corner of western North Carolina and find Cataloochee Ranch out for yourself.


The perfect place to celebrate the start of your new life together, Cataloochee Guest Ranch has everything you need to make great memories that will last a lifetime. Whether you want to explore the area on your own with a visit to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, or enjoy an onsite horseback ride together. This is the way to kick off your marriage!


Your lodging choices range from cozy and comfortable at the main Ranch House, to individual cabins for two to eight, to the Silverbell Lodge designed especially for large groups. Whether you opt to spend all your time at the Ranch, or to venture out, you'll come home every night to the peace and tranquility of the age-old Smoky Mountains.


With a stay at Cataloochee Ranch, you'll be in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains. And to fully enjoy your stay, you must explore the surrounding mountains. First on your list should be a visit to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, home to hundreds of species of plants and animals. The mountains will come alive when you watch closely!


Discover a getaway that's made for nature-lovers. When you stay at Cataloochee Ranch, you're entering a natural paradise of rolling mountains, deep forests, rivers and streams and much more. Whether you want to hike the back country, fly-fish the streams, or simply take a guided tour through Great Smoky Mountains National Park, nature is the star of the show!


Ride to mile-high meadow by morning's light and see where the mountains fold and fall, side to side, to the very edges of the Cataloochee divide. Catch the scent of a thousand wildflowers from one of many horseback riding trails under canopies of the forest trails that wind through the Ranch and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. New to the saddle or not, horseback riding at Cataloochee Ranch is an experience you’ll never forget.


There are numerous opportunities for winter sports when you stay at Cataloochee Ranch, chief among them, skiing and snowboarding. Different ski packages are allow you to choose what works best for you, and nearby is the Cataloochee Ski Area, where both rentals and lessons are available! When the snow falls, fun is right behind!

  • Swimming Pool
  • Coffee Maker
  • Jacuzzi
  • Microwave
  • Rock Climbing
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting and Shooting
  • Photography
  • Sightseeing
  • Swimming
  • Bird Watching
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Downhill Skiing/Snowboarding
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Wildlife & Nature
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Fishing Guides
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Plan your next group event at Cataloochee Ranch.

For more information please call +1 (828) 926 - 1401 or Send Inquiry.

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Nearest Airports

  • Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) / 32 miles
  • McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) / 53.7 miles
  • Greenville Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) / 66.9 miles

* Not all airports listed here may be open to public use, or service commercial flights

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