French Broad Outpost Dude Ranch

461 Old River Rd, Del Rio, TN 37727, USA

About French Broad Outpost Dude Ranch

4.3 / 5

from reviews

    Our Dude Ranch vacation includes various exciting activities that doesn’t involve phones or any electronics. It is a complete family vacation where you will be learning horseback riding, grooming and saddling, and driving the cattle. Located in the beautiful Smoky Mountains, our Dude Ranch offers great views, something that you will see every day of your stay. From fishing to pioneer games to square dancing, you will have complete fun filled vacation here. Our ranch is surrounded by nature and is completely authentic – nothing is artificial.

    Claire Ryan
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    April 23, 2024

    My husband, 11-year-old, 14-year-old and I had a great stay at the ranch. We stayed in April of 2024. That is their slow season, and we were the only group at the ranch. Jo Anne cooked our meals; the whole family loved them. They were classic Southern cooking done right. Shawn took us out for the rides and chatted with us at dinner. They were both great hosts and very obviously love their horses and the beautiful land that their ranch is situated on. The countryside is absolutely beautiful. We got to do the cattle drive which we found very fun, but also very challenging for people who are learning to control a horse. We stayed for four nights, which I thought was a great amount of time. In our off time, we played pool, read, did a puzzle, watched the horses, and walked around the property a bit. This dude ranch vacation will be perfect for you if you aren't looking for fancy food and accommodations. It's nice, it's clean, and it's rustically beautiful.

    Bonnie Hoeg
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    July 14, 2024

    We just returned and are already ready to go back! Shawn and JoAnn were wonderful hosts and we enjoyed meeting Gideon and Hope. I am a non rider, but found the atmosphere calm and welcoming. The accommodations were precious- comforting and welcoming. We were told to make ourselves at home, and we did! While there is no mini fridge in the rooms, ice and tea were readily available in the lodge and the water was delicious straight from the tap, which came from the natural spring. JoAnn cleaned and stocked rooms daily. The pool was refreshing! The meals were amazing. 3 home cooked meals daily. They were plentiful and delicious. We definitely did not go hungry here! We enjoyed sharing meals with our fellow guests and the ranch hands. Shawn and JoAnn often came out to chat. We enjoyed their stories and company. My daughter enjoyed the riding activities. Penning and the cattle drive were her favorites. We enjoyed the live bluegrass band, and being out of service range was a blessing, and made for a great bonding and restful trip. Even the teenager enjoyed the quiet. We forwent the water day activities and explored the area instead. We enjoyed going up into the mountains and seeing some waterfalls. Overall, this was just the trip we needed! I look forward to coming back one day! My only word of caution is it is multi level, so if mobility is challenging, be aware there are steps to maneuver.

    Maxine de la Portilla
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    September 18, 2023

    Don’t let the lack of customer service at booking prevent you from enjoying a memorable getaway. The owners and staff are overworked and understaffed since the pandemic. I did not feel like this impacted the quality of our stay. I like to constantly be doing something, but I was never bored. It was clean, and we had everything we needed. It might be helpful for others to know that there is absolutely no phone or internet service, no bottled water, and anyone close to the weight limit should probably book a different trip. The only other dude ranch I have stayed at was Rocking Horse Ranch in NY, but French Broad Outpost felt much more authentic. Myself, my son, and the other guests we met had a wonderful time. Penning the cattle was everyone’s favorite activity.

    Laura Campbell
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    July 25, 2023

    I would not reccomend I own horses and have riding experience. We came for a girls getaway & to explore Tennessee. The week we chose was 50% off and we confirmed with the Ranch that was due to the week after 4th of July is a slow week. The things I liked about the trip were cattle drive, team penning, evening events, friendly guest & wranglers Kayla and Drake. I also loved that the farm rescues horses from slaughter. I thanked and made sure Kayla & Drake knew they really did a great job. I also made sure I thanked the owner after the cattle drive & team penning experience. There are several reasons I would not recommend this Ranch at this time. First there should be riding helmets available. Horse riding continues to be found more dangerous than motorcycling, skiing, & football . As a rider and someone that took a flight to the ranch - I assumed they would have certified riding helmets available. They did not have helmets & that was a learning for me to always bring a riding helmet. Since most attendees were new to riding and several children this was concerning. The second safety issue is the lack of staff/wranglers on riding activities. The two wranglers did their best but it is challenging with new riders & children. There were three children on the cattle drive that were having a difficult time and were crying at different times. At no time did anyone from the Ranch notice. Also, on the ride back to the Ranch the line of horses got mixed up. There were two horses that had a bubble (which means they kick). One horse kicked out and luckily the child riding to close to the horse did not get kicked. The Ranch has a high turnover rate as shared by employees. Third safety issue was the experience of the staff. The lead Wrangler only had four weeks of riding experience which was the amount of time she worked at the Ranch. She was a natural and a hard worker and made the trip for many. The guest rooms only lock when you are inside the room. When you leave your room the doors are unlocked since they don’t lock from the outside. There is also no safe in the room to lock up passports, credit cards & money. Another big reason I would not recommend the Ranch at this time is the environment. When arriving several of us noted that the owner didn’t even say hello and introduce himself. Instead was greeted by sign the liability waiver. You go on vacation to relax and get away from office issues. Just sitting on the porch you can hear yelling over the Ranch walkie talkies, employees walking around upset. In addition, at dinner the owner shared how mad he was that there was a guest who wrote a review & lied. It is also a problem when a business is not open to feedback - they take feedback as an attack or lie. If they looked at the feedback and could see that there are some themes. The business does not realize their responses just confirm the negative feedback they are receiving.

    Kristi Savio
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    July 08, 2023

    It’s been about a year since we stayed here and sometimes I still think back on how horrible of a stay this was. We did not get what we paid for. Know your payment is non refundable even if you don’t get a majority of the services you paid for (our issue had nothing to do with their weight limit). On top of this, we were treated poorly, including our two toddler girls. We were ready to leave after two days but paid for the whole week - this isn’t a vacation. The only redeeming factor was the hired help there (NOT management), the other guests, and our family time.

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