French Broad Outpost Ranch - 1

2-, 3-, 4-, or 7-Night Stay at French Broad Outpost Ranch in Del Rio, TN

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French Broad Outpost Ranch - 1: 2-, 3-, 4-, or 7-Night Stay at French Broad Outpost Ranch in Del Rio, TN

Horseback Riding, Whitewater Rafting, and Live Bluegrass Music at Dude Ranch in Smoky Mountains

Located in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, the French Broad Outpost Ranch seems to have been airlifted in from the Old West. The property’s 346 acres contain corrals, pastures, and a cluster of buildings modeled after a pioneer-era town. During the day, you can participate in activities such as horseback riding, cattle driving, and rodeo games; some nights, the ranch hosts square dancing and live bluegrass music. This offer includes all meals and activities, and you can add extra guests to your room for an additional fee.

Shortly after arriving, you’ll attend an orientation during which wranglers will pair you with a horse that you’ll groom, saddle, and ride for the duration of your stay. Daily horseback rides range from a flat terrain walk to a higher elevation climb culminating in spectacular mountain views. Other activities available include whitewater rafting trips along the Big Pigeon River or French Broad River, and fishing right outside the lodge. One of the most popular pastimes, “team penning”, challenges kids and adults alike to corral up to three cows as in a classic rodeo.

Dining and entertainment at the ranch have a western flavor as well. Family-style lunches and dinners featuring fried chicken and pork chops are served at a community table, and every morning guests enjoy a delicious homemade breakfast. After dinner, you can grab a drink in the saloon, where you can dance on some nights to live bluegrass music in the dining hall. At the end of the day, you’ll retire to timber-frame guest rooms adorned with quaint country furnishings.

Del Rio, Tennessee: Small Appalachian Town near Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Located in eastern Tennessee an hour from Knoxville, the small mountain town of Del Rio is surrounded by the Appalachian Mountains on all sides. The region is filled with old-growth trees, river valleys, and a variety of wildlife including deer and black bear. The scenic landscape supports a range of recreational opportunities. More than 600 miles of hiking trails wend through the nearby Cherokee National Forest, and you can raft down seven whitewater rivers. About an hour from Del Rio, the mountain towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge offer country-music revues and live comedy shows.

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What You Get

Stay for two adults in any room with all meals and activities.

Travel 5/24/13 only

  • Option 1: $699 for a three-night stay (up to a $1,350 value)

Travel 5/26/13-9/1/13

  • Option 2: $999 for a three-night stay, check-in Sundays only (up to a $1,680 value)
  • Option 3: $1,229 for a four-night stay, check in Wednesdays only (up to a $2,240 value)
  • Option 4: $2,099 for a seven-night stay, check-in Sundays only (up to a $3,350 value)

Travel 4/30/13-5/21/13

  • Option 5: $429 for a two-night stay, check-in Tuesdays only (up to a $900 value)

Policies and Fees

Book by: 5/22/13 (option 1), 6/21/13 (options 2-5)

  • Blackout dates: Not valid 6/23-7/7, 7/21-7/28, 8/11-8/14
  • Cancellation policy & fees: All cancellations subject to 20% fee. 60-day cancellation notice required or fee up to Groupon price applies.
  • Taxes: 10.25% tax not included, paid at booking directly to the ranch.
  • Additional fees: 15% gratuity paid at booking directly to the ranch.

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.


  • 346-acre ranch with Arabian horses
  • Miles of horseback riding trails
  • Whitewater rafting, fishing, rodeo games
  • Complimentary meals and beverages
  • Dining hall and western-style saloon
  • Outdoor swimming pool
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The Fine Print

  • Book by 5/22/13 or 6/21/13, depending on option bought, or promotional value expires
  • Travel by 5/24/13, 9/1/13, or 5/21/13 depending on option bought
  • Not valid 6/23-7/7, 7/21-7/28, 8/11-8/14
  • Limit 2/person +2 as gifts
  • Limit 1/visit
  • Valid only for option bought
  • Reservation required, subject to availability
  • All cancellations subject to 20% fee
  • 60-day cancellation notice required or fee up to Groupon price applies
  • Must sign waiver
  • Must be 18+ to check in
  • Not valid with reward points
  • Must use promotional value in 1 visit
  • 15% gratuity and 10.25% tax not included, paid at booking directly to the ranch
  • Not valid for alcoholic beverages.

Other Details

Room Details

All rooms

  • Bed types vary per room
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2-6 depending on option
  • Adding occupants above standard: additional adults, teens, and children my be added based on nightly rates

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 4 p.m.
  • Check out: 10 a.m.
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: smoking is not allowed inside the property; smoking is permitted outside.
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed on the property.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are not available.
  • Room upgrades: not available

Getting There

  • By plane: about 67 miles from Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) or 75 miles from McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS)
  • By car: about 64 miles east of Knoxville; about 51 miles north of Asheville, NC


  • “People very friendly. You feel like you back home but another century. Great rooms design and aroma of natural wood.”

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