Horses and humans have worked together for centuries, transporting goods, fording rivers, and sharing the blame for the fall of Troy. Bond with the noblest of creatures with today's Groupon: for $29, you get a one-hour horseback trail ride for two from Five Oaks Riding Stables in Sevierville (a $59.98 value). Riders must be 3 or older and weigh less than 275 pounds.
The friendly staff members at Five Oaks Riding Stables guide mounted adventurers on a tranquil journey through the Great Smoky Mountains, an equine-themed holiday gift for outdoor trekkers. Situated amid a 70-acre nature park, Five Oaks surrounds guests with breathtaking vistas, scenic flora, and nattily clothed fauna. As riders saddle up and saunter forth along the five-mile trail, riotous color explodes above as autumn-prodded leaves slip into more comfortable hues for the changing of the seasons. Groups cast glances toward majestic Mount LeConte and a crisp mountain lake, populated by wild turkeys, white-tailed deer, and numerous other mammal and bird species. Elsewhere, the remnants of a moonshiner’s still hark back to times when the moon was less stingy with its liquor. Though not included in this Groupon, Five Oaks Riding Stables also offers zipline tours, which send guests careening through tree lines like Tarzan’s well-to-do cousin who was raised by cable cars.
Five Oaks Riding Stables
Treks through Five Oaks Riding Stables' 70-acre nature park afford riders views of the Great Smoky Mountains and its indigenous mountain wildlife, including wild turkey and white-tailed deer. On 5-mile rides, tourists get glimpses of Mount LeConte, a mountain lake, and the remnants of an old moonshiner's still, which dates back to the days when Americans were only allowed to drink alcohol out of bathtubs.