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Free Smoky Mountain Horse Ride with Cabin on Horse Ranch

Janice Tipton

Member since: 2010
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Free Smoky Mountain Horse Ride with Cabin on Horse Ranch

Bedrooms 1
Property type cabin


Walland Cabin Rental Photos and Description

Cabin, 1 Bedroom + Loft, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-6)

Here at Twin Valley Bed and Breakfast Horse Ranch you can enjoy the adventure of mountain living and the peacefulness of the mountains. Avoid the hustle and bustle of everyday life and immerse yourself in good 'ole fashion country fun! The ranch is built mostly of trees we logged from our mountains giving it the western/rustic feel of days gone by.

Step out of your cabin and hike our many trails, relax on the swing listening to the night sounds and enjoying the stars, hike to the outdoor chapel ,letting the creative juices flow, walk to the barn and help with morning/evening chores. The spring fed pond is great for fishing/swimming, cooking out and roasting marshmallows around the campfire ( plenty of wood to gather) Pavilion includes table/chairs.

Help feed and care for the petting animals which include donkey, fainting goats, lamb, kittens, horses, pot belly pig, rabbits........ride in the back of the pickup with the feed, hay, dog and children and make the rounds! I encourage all the 'hands on time' you can stand! Help with grooming, feeding, saddling and care of the ranch horses before and after each horse ride. All mountains rides are by advance reservations and will be specialized to your interest, age and experience level! I offer Half day rides and day rides which include breaks with drink/snacks. I give instruction when needed and the horse tours include lots of hills, faster riding with those who want to, stories/history of the area, games and a lot of YEEEHAAAs!

We have paddocks with shelters for those who are traveling with their own private horses.

Meet other like minded folks who may be staying at our Bed and Breakfast/Private units or camping shelters ,which are spread out throughout our 100+ acres.

Keywords: cabin, cottage, b&b, rental house, vacation house, horseback riding, smoky mountain getaway, horse vacation, mountain riding, ranch stay, log home,smoky mountains,Gatlinburg,Sevierville,Townsend,vacation,horse ranch

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  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
Janice Tipton (Owner)
Member since: 2010
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About Janice Tipton

Hello, my name is Janice and I love realizing the dream my late husband and I have created. Being able to meet amazing folks from all over the world and sharing my ranch, horses/critters, mountain riding tips and the joys of mountain living is very rewarding to me. It is so wonderful to be able to say that people come as guests and literally leave as friends! They give as much joy to me as what I try to create for them. When we bought the ranch in 1983, no one had lived here or worked the land for over 40 yrs. Just overgrown land is what we started with. Slowly but surely we cleared, logged, dug trails, built paddocks, barns, cabin and enjoyed the joys of mountains riding! And now myself and the Twin Valley Family wish to show you all the BEST time possible. I have worked several ranches in Co and also have a AAS in Horse Husbandry so I enjoy teaching and sharing my love of horses and the mountains to all.

Janice Tipton purchased this cabin in 1983

Why Janice Tipton chose Walland

We chose to build Lukes Cabin in 1993 on our mountain property because we wanted to be able to accommodate honeymooners or small families who wanted to stay in the mountains without having to worry about people or cars right next door. The location is very private and beautiful but is within an easy walk to the barn/petting animals, horses or pond. The ranch is in Walland which is a short distance from Townsend, giving our guests easy access to the entrance of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. In the park you can visit Cades Cove, hike, bike, picnic, tubing and enjoy the old homestead historical buildings. Townsend is what we all like to call the 'peaceful side of the Smokys'! Visit the caverns, shops, restaurants, antique shops.......all within a 30 minute drive. Of course, a beautiful mountain drive will get you to Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg in about 45 min. The Smoky Mountains have a lot to offer with such a variety of trees, animals and beauty.

What makes this cabin unique

You will enjoy being able to walk right out your door and have plenty to do without even getting in your car! Parents love not having to pack up all the children and gear just to go 'do' something. Kittens will greet you and are always ready to entertain the youngsters for hours. Without leaving the ranch, you can hike, ride horses, take lessons, fish/swim, relax in the rockers and be spiritually renewed in the great outdoors! If you feel like playing tourist, there are so many options to choose from, and only 2-25 miles from the ranch. Visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cades Cove, Heritage museum, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Knoxville, Townsend, Tubing, shopping, antiques, shows, caverns, biking........the list of things to do is endless! I will be glad to sit down with you and help you plan your activities....draw maps and give you brochures.

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Free Smoky Mountain Horse Ride with Cabin on Horse Ranch
average rating of 4.7777777 based on 9 reviews


  • 4 of 5

was a neat experience had a good horseback ride through the mountains, did think that the price we were charged for breakfast was a little high. We were charged $10.00 a person to eat at the house. Wanted to change dates because we arrived very late at night due to a traffic problem but she stated she was booked did not see many people the entire time we were there.

  • Submitted: Nov 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Greg, Thank you so much for taking out the time to write the review for me and the ranch. I very much enjoyed you and your family,your daughter was simply delightful. I thought it was nice that we happened to have another family with a young girl for her to hang out with for breakfasts and horseback riding. I am glad I was even able to accommadate with it being the peak weekend of the season. Usually, same day reservations are quite difficult for us. Breakfast is only included in room rate when staying at the lodge and is optional for those staying in private cabin or unit since those units have full kitchen facilities. If you don't want to cook or pay 10.00 for a full country breakfast at lodge then folks can go out to eat with a 2-10 mile drive depending on how fancy you want it to be. I am sorry you were disappointed and apologize if I did not make myself clear when you signed up for breakfast on the phone when making your reservations. Also,I would have been glad to changed dates but every room/unit on the ranch was booked Thur and starting on fri two families checking out and more arriving same day, all ready and anxious to jump on the horses! I do try to carefully match the right horse for each rider depending on experience/age therefore our rides are not big rides. Two to six folks on a ride is the norm which actually allows us to specialize more efficient. People do come here to get away and for peace and quiet so it actually pleases me that even on our peak weekend, fully booked , you did not find it crowded or overwhelming. For us, nine for breakfast is a full table! I do appreciate your comments and will hope you may come back again. I know the start of your trip with the hours of traffic delays was not helpful, I am hoping the way home went more smooth. Next time can only be better, I promise to do my part it making it so. Happy Thanksgiving! Janice
Parksville, KY

Wonderful & Unique Place to Stay in the Smokies

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed in the Cowboy Hideout, which we found to be very charming, clean and comfortable. It had a great little kitchen stocked with all the cookware and dishes we needed, which was helpful because we cooked several times while we were there.

The Twin Valley Horse Ranch is a destination within itself in the Smoky Mountains. There is enough to do here for a fun family or romantic getaway that you wouldn't have to ever leave the property: hiking, horseback riding on mountain trails, fishing, petting and feeding all the farm animals, cook outs and marshmallow roasting at the pond, relaxing and enjoying the mountain scenery. If you venture off the property, Cades Cove is not far away and is my favorite spot in the GSM National Park. There is also line dancing nearby on the weekends, and Janice will take you with her if you want to go. We went and had a great time even though we are novice dancers.

The best part of our stay was the horse riding. Janice's horses are well trained and she carefully matches the horse to rider based on your skill level. We've done several trail rides in the Smoky Mountains over the years, and riding here is a very different and much better experience. This is real mountain trail riding, where you'll be taught some basic horsemanship if you're a beginner (great for kids) and where you can do more if you're advanced. Basically, what I'm trying to say is that you have a chance to "drive," not just sit on a horse who is trained to do nothing more than follow the leader. After the ride, we even got to groom the horses. This was our second time riding here. The first time, we had our two children with us who loved it as much as we did.

Janice, Julia and Nic are very personable and welcoming hostesses who make you feel right at home. Janice was very quick to respond to our request and was helpful in answering our questions.

I would recommend this property to anyone looking for a really special place to stay. We can't wait to return!

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Dawn, What a wonderful review you wrote for the Twin Valley Ranch. I am so glad that you had a good time while here and look forward to your next visit. When I pass thru my gates after a trip to town, I feel like I am coming into another world, and am so glad that I can share this with so many wonderful folks like yourself and family. Thank you JAN
Marshfield, Wisconsin

Paradise in the Smokies

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I were taking a road trip through Kentucky and Tennessee in October. With no plans, schedule or accomodations - we enjoyed coming upon local surprises! We called for reservation availability and was delighted by Janice's (owner) genuine care and accomodation to make our trip memorable. We were pleasantly surprised by the fair pricing of the accomodations, and were thrilled when we arrived. Everything Janice told us about her property was spot on - and then some! The cabin was charming, clean, decorated with a cowboy theme and the bed was very comfortable. Although we didn't take a horse ride due to visiting the Smokie Mountain Park and departure plans, we joined Janice, her lovely mother and ranch hand, Nik in feeding and grooming the horses. It was a fabulous time! Janice and company really know how to make guests feel welcomed and provide a real ranch experience! With the variety of animals on the ranch, the sweet horses and beautiful landscape, we can't wait to return!

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Beth, Thank you so much for you very nice review. It was certainly my pleasure to have met you both and I want you do know how much I enjoyed you all going to Cheyennes Dance Hall with me. I will never forget the couple who taught me how to poka! I am so glad you liked the ranch and were able to enjoy a bit of Hands On time. Will await your next visit but till then......Happy Trails. jan

Thanks for the mountain retreat

  • 4 of 5

Our stay at Twin Valley Ranch was great. It was the first time for my wife and I to try a bed and breakfast style accommodations - and after our experience - we will be doing it again.

Comfortable lodging, comfortable atmosphere and great people. I would highly recommend Twin Valley especially for family's who enjoy the outdoors.

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello STeve, thank you for taking the time out to give such a nice review. The B&B experience is great for those who like to socialize a bit and be a bit more pampered. We enjoyed having you and will hope to see you come back again. From all of us at twin Valley ( Jan, Nic, Julia and critters) one big THANK YOU!

Twin valley horse ranch

  • 5 of 5

Exceeded all expectations! Cabin was clean, horses were beautiful and well taken care of. Janice, Julia and Nic were the best part of the trip. I learned so much about horses and riding. Beautiful trails and property and we were free to roam and so were the horses!

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Karen! Thank you for the wonderful comments. You and your friends were wonderful and my mom, Nic and I truly enjoyed sharing the ranch and horses with you. The very best moments for me is to wake up to the sound of the horses munching, playing or even Snoring outside my window. Absolute music to my ears. I am so glad that you were pleased and hope that you will come back again. Until then, my horses and guests will be free to roam , immersed in the wonder of Nature!

Perfect in every way!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time staying at the Hidden Valley Horse Ranch and it was delightful. The first time we stayed at the lodge and this time we rented a cute little cabin. The cabin was pretty rustic but still had everything we needed. It was very clean, which I think is the most important thing. There are so many things to do right at the ranch which we love… the animals are always fun! Can't wait to come back… and definitely refer this place to any friend traveling towards the Smokey Mountain!

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Lindsey, Thank you so much for making a review and I am so glad that you were pleased yet a second time. It makes me feel so good when folks come back again and again. For me the number one goal is for everyone to have the Best vacation ever. I know that most of us do not get many vacations and it is important for those few to be the best possible. Thank you again and will look forward to your next visit when there will be Three of you instead of two! :)


Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Mcgee Tyson in Knoxville tn
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Lambert Acres
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Hwy 321
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Ellijoy Market
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Gatlinburg Tn

We are between Maryville and Townsend tn. So there is lots to do within a 20 minute drive. Also, Townsend is the entrance to the GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK. A must see. Lots of hiking trails, driving with many pretty pull offs to view the mountains and valleys and of course the Cades Cove driving tour is one of the main attractions.

Antique malls

Historic museum - Heritage Center

Cades Cove- wild life viewing and old log homes


Bike paths

tubing down the little river

Outdoor drive in theater

Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge with many shows and activities.

Foothills Parkway with hike to scenic tower




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Walland Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • tub, shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1) 2 twin beds in loft, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • Foosball
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Specialized mountain horse rides, paddocks for visiting horses, outdoor chapel,spring fed pond for fishing and swimming, trading post, many hiking trails, petting animals and all the Hands On time you would like with the animals and horses.

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