Our Dude ranch was opened in 1993, on Labor Day weekend.
The French Broad Dude Ranch is located in The Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.
The first part of the ranch that was completed was the campground along the river. The French Broad river attracts many canoeists, rafters, and fisherman and the campground supplied a convenient place to stay and do all of these things. We closed the campground in 2001 when we became a Dude Ranch.
The first structures built were the camping cabins and bath house.
Our next phase was the building of individual cabins along the ridges that face the river valley. We no longer use the cabins in our operation.
Our next phase was the building of an “old Western Town” which we call “Rough Cut.” Located above pastures in the river bottom, you can view the Smoky Mountains as well as hear the mighty river right from the front porch. The lodge contains our dining room, commercial kitchen, ranch store and upstairs game room. Also located next to the lodge are the 4 lodge rooms with full bath, built in the western theme of old shops on the outside, and modern convenience yet old fashioned rooms inside.
In 2006, we completed construction of our old western Hotel. This timber frame building takes you way back in time with old fashioned floors and square nails and has 7 rooms for guests upstairs. The Iron Horse saloon occupies the main floor.
So we invite you to step back in time with us, enjoy a real Dude Ranch vacation where the only thing you need to worry about, is how much fun you’re gonna have each day.
Our all inclusive packages are the best in the business.
We invite you to check out the other dude and guest ranches, and compare dollar for dollar value. We are confident you’ll find our packages give you more activities for your money, along with great meals and lodging. We believe in treating you right, just like Family!