Welcome to the French Broad Outpost Ranch

A dude ranch vacation where you get to do things together like a family.


Horseback Riding

Horseback riding, of course, is the main ranch activity that is done all months we are open. We have 5 trails ranging from 1 to 2 hours long in duration not counting saddling and grooming. You generally ride twice a day, once before and once after lunch. You will be given a horse that fits your skills at the start of the week. Our trail rides are all on the ranch and have views most other horse trails only dream of having. The river ride is the flat trail and from there the other trails go on up to 200 feet and up to 1000 feet above the lodge area. Our Arabian horses are great mountain trail horses.

Whitewater Rafting

Each summer week there are two whitewater raft trips. The beginning trip is for ages 5 and Up and is done on Tuesday during the high season and is included in our pricing. The second trip is more advanced and requires ages 8 and up and it’s done starting Saturday morning on the Big Pigeon River. You get back in the afternoon for 1 more horseback ride. The Big Pigeon trip is only done during the high season. Starting in 2018, the Big Pigeon trip is an add for all guests at the cost of $35.00 per guest. We require 4 rafters to provide courtesy transportation. If you want the beginning whitewater raft trip during the low season, it can be arranged and cost $25 dollars per guest with a minimum of 4.

Pioneer Games

Pioneer games are sort of like being on the Little House on the Prairie. Families really enjoy this competition. We do these games on Tuesday evenings.

Black Powder Shooting

During the summer right after Pioneer games when the kids go paint a horse, the adults 18 and older can shoot the black powder pistol at some balloons.

Kids Rodeo

During the Summer right before the Square Dance on Friday, the kids get to do a Rodeo!

Horse Painting

In the Summer on Tuesday after Pioneer Games the kids paint a horse.

Square Dancing

The Square Dance on Friday nights during the Summer gets everyone together for a load of fun. Sometimes when we have enough folks during the other seasons, we have a square dance then too.

Cattle Drives

We have several cattle drives with 6-10 guests each just like the old ranch hand days. Everyone during the summer high season gets to do 1 cattle drive and if there is room sometimes you can go more than once. Cattle drives in the summer are Monday afternoon, Tuesday morning, Thursday afternoon and Friday morning.

Cattle drives start about mid March and are done until January 1st. We usually need at least 4 guests for a cattle drive during the low season.

Team Penning

Our dude ranch has 2 team penning events each summer, once Monday after supper and again on Saturday morning. Team Penning is one of our most popular events. Everyone enjoys this rodeo game of pushing cows into the box.

The pace goes from walking right up to galloping for those that have enough skill. Kids as well as senior citizens get right in with the cows and ride them into the box and then take them out for another round.

Team Penning is a summer activity because the ground needs to be dry.

Low Season Activities

During the non-summer months, you can expect Horseback trail rides and cattle drives to be the main activities.  Some other activities you can do on your own is fishing, hiking, horseshoes, napping on the porch, playing in the game room (pool, air hockey, foosball) or reading a book. The low season months are typically laid back, relaxing times with horses and cattle. If you're interested in a more high paced atmosphere join us for a summer trip!