Horse Stables & Camping

Horse Stables & Camping
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Why not plan a vacation with your horses and REALLY see the Smokies! We have a stable with 10 indoor box stalls, 2 80’x100’ wooden fenced paddocks, 3 roundpens and a half acre lot to accommodate your horses. We also have a barn with 2 stalls and a corral near our camping spot.

Twelve major trailheads for riding horses into the Smoky Mountain National park are 1.5 to 14 miles from the Lazy Horse Retreat. You can either ride directly into the park from here (or to Cades Cove) or trailer to various trailheads. 

There are a little under 200 miles of trails in this area. The trail riding varies from easy to moderate to more difficult. The scenery and views are spectacular. There are trails rolling through the woods, some that switchback up to the mountain tops 5000 feet in elevation, or some that are along beautiful streams with waterfalls. We have trail maps to purchase and we help you plan rides. After you enjoy a leisurely ride for the day, you can come back to the comfort of a jacuzzi! All of our cabins are convenient to the stable, or corrals, yet private from each other.

All horses entering Tennessee must have an official health certificate and proof of negative Coggins Test (EIA) current within 12 months. We will make every effort to ensure you and your horses’ safety, however, Lazy Horse Retreat cannot assume any liability for personal injuries, livestock injuries, or equipment damages – pursuant to The Tennessee code annotated, Title 44, Chapter 20, Part 1.

Professional Veterinary and Farrier Services are available. Bedding is furnished.

Camping is available along with a bathroom and shower, electricity and water is also furnished. Because of limited space we only take a maximum of two campers at a time. We also don’t take LQ trailers that are over 40 ft. long.  It is a circular camping area, not pull through.

There is a 16 ft. gooseneck stock trailer available to rent for $20/day ($15/day for multiple use). Dogs are not allowed in the National Park or on trails, but some of our cabins are dog friendly. Please call for permission if you want to bring a dog.  We have specific rules, limits and a pet guest fee in the pet friendly cabins. There is also a boarding kennel 8 miles from the Lazy Horse Retreat.

If you want more information on riding the trails in our area I recommend the book “Horseback Riding In The Great Smoky Mountains National Park” – Cades Cove Area by Jody Burrage. You can purchase it on


Horse Stabling (per horse)$15/night
Paddocks (per horse – must use hay bags)$10/night
Camping (2 people, per rig)$25/night
Camping Additional Person (each)$5/night

*We can get hay to purchase if requested ahead of time.