Member of the Month – Big Rock Dude Ranch

Big Rock Dude Ranch Horses

Get ready for a day of fun, adventure, and hitting the open trails of the Great Smoky Mountains with our Member of the Month for October…Big Rock Dude Ranch. The only place in Pigeon Forge and the surrounding areas where you can fish without a license (catch and release), go Gem Mining, have a Picnic, visit a Petting Zoo, and oh yeah, go Horseback Riding!

See what is waiting for you and your family at Big Rock Dude Ranch.

Bring Out Your Inner Cowboy or Cowgirl

Horseback Riding

Saddle up and hit the trails, the 3.5 mile trail that is, that takes you and your trusty horse through the Great Smoky Mountains. See the woods at a new height and perspective. Big Rock Dude Ranch makes sure that not only is your ride memorable and fun-filled, but safety is the 1st priority. They have proudly earned a #1 rating from Gilliham and Associates for safety, so you can rest assured you and your family are in great hands…or should I say great saddles.

With over 80 horses in their stable, there is a perfect match for all types of riders. Enjoy the horse ride of a lifetime with the staff and riders of the ranch.

Getting out Your Mining Cap

Test your luck and let the kids mine for gems and rare stones from all parts of the world at Big Rock Dude Ranch’s mining creek. Look for Quartz Crystals, Amethyst, Pyrite, Blue Calcite, Serpentine, Septarian Agate, Rose Quartz, Selenite, Jade, and Turquoise. Watch as your children sift through their bag of ore and see their faces as each gem is discovered.

These Family-first Members even offer special deals if you are also horseback riding, so make sure you don’t miss out on that!

Relax and Enjoy More

Petting Zoo

Big Rock Dude Ranch also offers a little more relaxing items for you and your family to enjoy. Check out their Petting Zoo, featuring goats, ponies, rabbits, llamas, emus, chickens, ducks, peacocks, geese, and a variety of birds. Literally get hands on with these cute animals that call the ranch home.

Fishing Pond

Maybe some relaxing downtime and bonding time while you fish is what you are looking for. Well, the Big Rock Dude Ranch can help you there with their own large catch and release pond. They supply the rods, reels, and bait, so you just have to bring your family and your camera to capture the big catches. 

Once you are done with the horses, mining for gems, spending time with the animals, and fishing for the big catch, you can enjoy a great lunch in the ranch’s own picnic area. They even have an onsite General Store where you can purchase snacks (and a few souvenirs).


There is so much to do at the Big Rock Dude Ranch, you will definitely make sure you reserve a full day to cover everything. Check out more about this Member of the Month on their Member page here.

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