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
  • 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 in 2020 and already canceled your trip for Covid or any other reason, your remaining balance is due when you re-book during the 2 year period from original date of arrival.
  • 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 = high season Memorial Day to Labor Day

Low Seasons = March to May and September to 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 2020 Summer Itinerary on the Adventures page

check the faq page below for age and weight restrictions

Pricing is for double occupancy  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

Our summer is almost full. August 8th, August 22 and August 29th have some all week stays still available. Email us for availability for other weeks.


Summer Special!

Limited Time Discounts offered below! (new reservations only)

Save 15% if you book a summer stay before May 15th


Low Season Special

  •  save 12% for a limited time


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 -


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/teen   =$1129.00 

Child               =$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

Available dates: 

March 19-21, 26-28

 April 9-11 (almost full), 16-18, 23-25 

May 7-8, 21-23 (almost full) 



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 2021 is September 12-18th   Don't miss it! Early Bird pricing** for the week with 2 in a room is $1400.00 each by 12/31  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 2021

    March 12-14 or May 14-16 or September 24-26

    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 $1200.00 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 2021!

    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.