For centuries, horseshoes have been associated with good fortune, which is why homeowners hang them over doorways and brides lob them at groups of their single friends. Get hitched with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $29 for a one-hour trail ride for two (a $58 value)
- $49 for a one-hour trail ride for four (a $116 value)
- $189 for a horse-riding birthday party with a cookout for up to 10 people (up to a $400 value)
Trail rides depart hourly from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. regardless of weather. The trip may include views of Lake Douglas, the sweeping greenery of the Cherokee Valley, and the slate-gray Smoky Mountains in the distance.
Alternatively, birthday parties start at 5 p.m. Guests receive grilled hot dogs and marshmallows to tan over an open fire. After chowing down, kids hop onto a steed for trail or ring riding, then show off their skills onstage during a talent show set against the Green Frog Pond Nursery. To get a closer look at the animal kingdom, wee ones can also check out emus, goats, chickens, and ducks. Hosts should bring their own cake.
Douglas Lakeview Stables
Barely able to walk on his own and many years away from becoming a reverend, a 3-year-old Jim Chambers rode a horse for the first time and was immediately enchanted. At 7, Chambers owned his own mare and paid for her necessities by selling rides for $0.15. Now, on his own ranch overlooking the tangled green of the Cherokee Valley, Chambers is still providing trail rides, campfire cookouts, and western horseback weddings. The Douglas Lakeview Stables crew leads trail rides every day, the Smoky Mountains cutting a rolling gray swath from the distant horizon. The adventures go on regardless of weather conditions, allowing riders to watch snowstorms unfurling over Lake Douglas or rain performing its natural role of ruining papier-mâché hats.