Welcome to the French Broad Outpost Ranch

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


2020: For all current and future reservations: Due to the massive life changes being presented by the Covid virus we have had to alter our cancellation policy. If you have already made a deposit or full payment for a stay at our ranch in 2020, your deposit cannot be refunded. Instead you will have up to 2 years from your reservation date to use your deposit to complete your original vacation. Since it's unknown when the restrictions on travel will be lifted, we realize this is a volatile time period. If you are not sure if you can make your dates as originally planned, just email or call and we will put you on the list for re-scheduling. Even if you put yourself on this list, if things change and you're still able to visit on your original dates, just email or call us again and we will put you back into your original spot.

Until a vaccine is discovered our Covid Virus refund policy stays in effect into 2021.

2 Seasons to pick from:

Summer = high season Memorial Day to Labor Day

Low Seasons = March to May and September to Thanksgiving 


Christmas and New Years are listed towards the bottom of the page

Please ask us to work up a complete FREE cost quote just for you!

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See the 2020 Summer Itinerary on the Adventures page

check the faq page below for age and weight restrictions

  Weekly High Season 2019 High Season 3 & 4 Night Stays LOW SEASON Low Season 2 Night Minimum Stay
Available Packages

6 nights Sunday to Saturday @2pm 
* Weekly rate-All activities included
* Memorial Day to Labor Day
* Weekly-Sunday to Saturday

Week long packages

Packages Available for Partial Week Stays
Multiply x 3 or 4 or 5 Nights High Season
3 nights Sun. to Wed. or Wed to Sat
4 or 5 nights stays have to start on Sunday
Weekly Rate
Low Season Months – March, April, May, Sept., Oct., Nov., Dec.
* Low Season Trail Rides & Cattle Drives Oct. thru Dec.
Low Season Months – March, April, May, Sept., Oct., Nov., Dec.
* Low Season Trail Rides & Cattle Drives Oct. thru Dec.
Adult Pricing   $1,500 $250 $1,350 $225 per night
Teenager Pricing   $1,200 $200 $1,125 $190 per night
Kids 5-12 Yrs Pricing    $960  $160 $875 $145 per night
Children Under 5    $300  $50 - -

Summer Week Long packages are 6 nights from Sunday to Saturday - check out 2 pm

Half Week Stays are Sunday to Wednesday or Wednesday to Sat until 2 pm. Extended half weeks stays start on Sunday for 3, 4 or 5 nights.

Need to rent the whole ranch? You can arrange a week for your extended family to have the ranch all to yourselves but there is a minimum amount to reserve which is non-refundable.

Discounts-Only 1 discount can be applied per reservation


Limited Time Discounts offered below! (new reservations only)

  • 2021 Summer Bogos Available now-Limited Time
    • Buy 1 and get 50% off the 2nd
    •  May 30th - June 5th 
    •  July 11th - 17th
    • August 15th - 21st
    • August 22nd - 28th
    • Only available for a week stay from Sunday to Saturday at 2 pm.
    • Contact us for a free quote using this fantastic savings for a limited time.
    • Not available with any other discounts.
    • Can't stay a week in the summer? Buy a 3, 4 or 5 nights stay and get 10% off the regular price


Fall Special to get you out of the house!  (new reservations only)

Save 25% off the regular price for any 3 night stay or more for the following date ranges:

October 18-23, October 25 to November 5th, November 8th to November 25th



The above discounts cannot be applied to the special weeks listed below.

These discounts can only be applied to the pricing in the box located at the top of the page.

Special Weeks


Overnight Cattle Drives

Starting March 2021 -

(ALL FALL overnights due to Covid Virus as it affects employment are now changed to an all day trip with lunch instead of sleeping overnight on the trail)

Now you don't have to go out West!

Imagine yourself back in the Old Cowboy Days of the 1880's, sitting on your horse driving cattle to one of the railroad markets. We will be offering a small taste of that experience starting this Fall. Here is the setup: Arrive on Friday night and sleep in a comfortable room with amenities with home cooked meals in our rustic dining room. The next morning after breakfast we will assign you a horse and go through some corral riding to get each guest comfortable in the saddle. Then we take you on a trail ride where you'll see some great scenery and get even better acquainted with your mount. After lunch around 2 pm we will saddle up, go and get the cattle and drive them down some fields that run with the French Broad River. Our cattle drive will take 2-3 hours where we will set up camp and get the grub on the fire for a great trail supper. We will sit around the campfire, check horses and cattle and get a good nights sleep for the next day. After breakfast at the campfire we will saddle back up, drive the cattle back home for another couple of hours. Then our guests can make use of their room to get ready to go back to the real world. This is an experience that usually requires you to fly out West and is only available at certain times. Our trip allows you to do a once in a lifetime experience without the hassle of flying and you can fit it into a regular weekend. Don't miss this opportunity to live and breath like a real Cowboy for a couple of nights. You will have the time of your life and an experience you will never forget!

Here is your all inclusive total cost:

Single Adult =$629.00

Two Adults   =$1129.00  (children can be added starting in spring 2021)

This includes all of your meals either in the dining room or on the drive, your assigned horse & the cattle drive, your room and your space on the drive.

Each guest will need to bring their own sleeping bag and small travel pillow for the overnight

Available dates: September 11-13, 25-27 & October 2-4, 9-11, 16-18, 23-25 (all fall trips have been altered to a day trip with lunch instead of sleeping overnight on the trail. You still stay for the same number of nights in the package) 

March 19-21, 26-28 & April 9-11, 16-18 23-25

Overnight cattle drives will become part of the summer Itinerary in 2021.




2021 Valentines Weekend Romance Special!

Spend the weekend with the most Memorable Valentines you'll ever have. A Dude Ranch gives you one of the last places to connect with your loved ones on vacation. What better day to do that than on Valentines? Arrive on Friday to get checked in since that is the travel day. You will eat a family style served dinner and meet the other couples. After dinner all of us will go through Horse Orientation to get us ready for the next day. On the 2nd day you will enjoy a breakfast and lunch with horseback rides in the morning and the afternoon. In the evening, awaits you and your loved one, a Romantic private table dinner accompanied by Flowers, Wine and Candy. After your elegant meal we will have a bluegrass band come to play some waltz's so you can slow dance. On Sunday you will enjoy a going away Romantic breakfast and check out by 10 am. Since Monday is also a holiday if you would like to spend another night with more horseback riding you can do that too!

Couples complete price for Friday to Sunday =$899.00 Includes everything

Couples complete price for Friday to Monday=$1299.00 Includes everything


Don't miss the 2020 Holidays!

There is no better time to visit and enjoy time with your family!

Thanksgiving & Christmas Weeks!

Adults $225/night Teens $150/night Kids $120/night.

Enjoy another great family time period with a roaring fireplace, great food, horseback rides and cattle drives!

3-night minimum

    • Women's Week 2020 is September 13-19th   Don't miss it! Early Bird pricing** for the week with 2 in a room is $1400.00 each by 1/31  Regular price is $1500 each >Riding Instruction clinics, Natural Horsemanship demonstrations, van trips, trail meals and so much more!

    Enjoy a week only for women who love to ride. Arrive on Sunday for an action packed week including a Supper Ride on the mountain, black powder shooting, advanced riding for those that qualify, 2 "citified" trips for shopping and secret destinations that you'll have to wait to find out (you can also stay on the ranch and ride), campfires with smores and sing a longs, whitewater rafting, cattle drives, team penning & classroom instructions on how to improve your horsemanship and riding. Don't miss this one in a lifetime experience!

    Single Ladies =$1600.00 each~ 2 ladies in a room =$1500.00 each
    Reserve your space for 20% down and pay your balance when you arrive


    Clinics Dates in 2019

    March 13-15 or May 15-17 or September 25-27

    The clinics are followed by an advanced riders 5 night week if you want to stay longer and really hone your newly learned skills with more trotting and cantering-If you do the clinic ($499 +tax) you can stay another 5 nights for only $799.00 more. (extra 5 nights) This is all inclusive with meals, lodging & horseback riding. 

    Cost for clinics:

    $499.00 each which includes instruction, lodging and meals for the weekend. Plus taxes

    weight limit for clinics is 225 lbs.

    Advance Rider Weeks in 2020!

    Now following each Balanced Riding Clinic is an Advanced Riders Week. We will go out on trails and do trotting, cantering and even some galloping. You can also do arena work around cones or barrels in 45 minute sessions instead of trail riding. These weeks are for accomplished and balanced riders. This is what we consider a balanced rider: you are able to ride in balance without the aid of any saddle parts. There is no guarantee that each rider will get to do all or any of the more advanced riding if that rider is not ready. IF you are not sure about your balance I suggest you come to the clinic just before these weeks to get balanced. 

    Cost for Sunday to Friday

    $1400.00 each total

    which includes your room, meals and horseback riding.

    Minimum age is 18 and maximum weight is 225 lbs.