Welcome to the French Broad Outpost Ranch

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

Lodging & Dining


At our Ranch, eating good food comes naturally.You’ll enjoy great meals from breakfast to supper. Beef, chicken, turkey, and pork to name just a few of the main entrees served each week. We have mashed potatoes, sauteed vegetables, homemade bread, and the best desserts that surpass some of the greatest restaurants!

We serve most of our meals family style, which means all the food comes out to the tables at the same time. Passing the plates of great food is part of the ambiance. You can sit right next to your favorite wrangler since they get to enjoy the meals with you. Our food will fulfill your every expectation.

Yehaw, it doesn’t get better than this!


Our lodge rooms were newly constructed in 2001. Each room can sleep up to a family of 4, with a private bath. Rooms 1 and 4 have one queen and one double bed. Rooms 2 and 3 have one king and built in bunk beds. Decorated in old western themes and built entirely out of wood, these rooms give you a rustic appeal with all the modern conveniences. The main lodge is located only a few feet away.

Our Lone Star Hotel is a timber frame building so characteristic of the 1800's complete with oak pegs and square nails. All 7 rooms in this structure have a bathroom and sleeps up to 21 guests total. When we get a large family group, they usually pick the Hotel so they can all be in the same building. The Iron Horse Saloon is the entire lower floor and that is where we do the Square Dance and the Bluegrass Band Plays. This might just be the most 1880’s building you will ever walk through.

Mountain Springs Cabin-We highly recommend front wheel drive or 4wd vehicles

We now are offering a stand alone fully furnished cabin. This cabin can be added for a regular stay on the ranch OR you may just rent this cabin with no connection to the ranch. This cabin can sleep 4 guests with a Queen Bed in the Master Bedroom and 2 twins in the loft perfect for a couple or a family of 4 with 2 kids (minimum age is 8 years old). Secluded and sitting on a small ridge just above a small creek. You can sit in the screened and covered back porch for perfect serenity. There are 1 and 1/2 baths in this cabin as well as a fully function kitchen. A short walk down to the lodge if you're doing the Dude Ranch Vacation or if you're just renting the cabin you're in seclusion. 

Rates: If you are upgrading to the cabin for a regular Dude Ranch package add $150 dollars per night to your pricing and a cleaning fee of $100. Refundable security deposit of $150 required. There is a 3 night minimum and the maximum stay offered is 6 nights.

Rates: If you are just renting the cabin it is $200 dollars per night with a 3 night minimum & 6 night maximum for 2 people. Each additional persons up to 4 total in cabin are $10.00 each per night. Refundable security deposit of $200 required. Taxes (10%) and cleaning fee ($100) not included. This cabin is available 365 days a year unless it's rented. Cabin is refreshed daily for towels and cleaning.

No Pet Policy.

(you may request photos of cabin via email)