Welcome to the French Broad Outpost Ranch

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


Cancellation policy due to Covid Virus as follows:

  • 30% deposit required at time of booking unless otherwise stated
  • Balance due no later than 60 days of your arrival date
  • Deposits and 60 day remaining paid balances are non-refundable but carry a 2 year re-booking period so you can't lose your money
  • IF you have already booked and have to cancel your trip for Covid or any other reason, your remaining balance is due by your original date of arrival to get the 2 year window to re-book
  • Once your balance has been paid you will have locked your reservation cost so that any future price increase wont affect your reservation.
  • There is a 2% credit card charge on all purchases or you can mail us a check to save that fee


2 Seasons to pick from:

Summer = 5 night stay high season Memorial Day to Labor Day

Low Seasons = March to May and September to Thanksgiving - 2 night minimum up to 6 nights


Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years are towards the bottom of the page

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

Email us!

See the 2024 Summer Itinerary on the Adventures page

check the faq page below for age and weight restrictions

Pricing is for each guest


Weekly High Season 2024 High Season LOW SEASON Low Season 2 Night Minimum Stay
Available Packages

 5 nights Sunday 4pm to Friday 10am
* Weekly rate-All activities included
* Memorial Day to Labor Day
* Weekly-Sunday to Friday

Week long packages

Summer stays are only 5 night weekly

Below is daily rate X 5 night minimum

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 each   $1325 $265 $1410 $235
Teenager Pricing each   $1075 $215 $1200 $200
Kids 5-12 Yrs Pricing each    $825  $165 $900 $150
Children Under 5 each    $250  $50 - -

Summer Week Long packages are 5 nights from Sunday to Friday - check out 10 am

No half week 2024 summer stays are available only our week long stay of 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

Look to home page for discount


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-100% payment required for special weeks when you book the time!


Overnight Cattle Drives

Starting March 2022 -


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 1-2 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            =$699.00

Two Adults/teen   =$1349.00 

Child 8 and older  =$359.00

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. Also bring a small flashlight.

Special diets cannot be accommodated for this package.


Choose any weekend from March 15th until May 22nd and then September to the end of October. There has to be at least 6 riders for the overnight to occur. You can start the process by booking and others can join you as time passes. IF we don't get enough riders we will let you know 1 month before your arrival date informing you there are not enough and at that point we will have to adjust the cattle drive part to either to a day trip with lunch or a regular stay with the shorter ranch drives.


Don't miss the 2022 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 2024 is September 15-21st   Don't miss it! Early Bird pricing** for the week with 2 in a room is $1500.00 each by May 15th  Regular price is $1600 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 (if health issues are not a factor trips can go), 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 =$1700.00 each~ 2 ladies in a room =$1600.00 each

Book by 05/15 for 2024 and save


Clinics Dates in 2024

March 15-17 or May 17-19 or September 27-29

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 ($599 +tax) you can stay another 5 nights for only $1400.00 more. (extra 5 nights) This is all inclusive with meals, lodging & horseback riding. 

Cost for clinics:

$599.00 each which includes instruction, lodging and meals for the weekend. Plus taxes

weight limit for clinics is 200 lbs.

Advance Rider Weeks in 2022!

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 BALANCE 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. 


Do not set your expectations too high! Many of you will want to do this advanced week but remember trotting and galloping take a toll on your body. IF you are not physically fit you might find it difficult and unable to participate the entire week. 

Cost for Sunday to Friday

$1500.00 each total plus taxes

which includes your room, meals and horseback riding.

Minimum age is 18 and maximum weight is 200 lbs.