America's Best Dude Ranches

family fishing by pond in Clear Creek Guest Ranch, Burnsville, NC
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Ride horses off into the sunset at these great family-friendly dude ranches.

Clear Creek Guest Ranch, Burnsville, NC

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Its owners were so inspired by their sons’ work as wranglers out west that they felt compelled to start a dude ranch of their own. Luckily for those on the right coast, they put down roots in the Smoky Mountains. Pisgah National Forest is right next door for trail rides, and Western staples like evening hootenannies, rodeos, and steak cookouts could make you forget you’re east of the Mississippi.

Riding: You’ll never go out with more than seven other guests at a time. Trail rides are offered twice daily, and riding is available for kids ages five and up.

Capacity: 68 guests; 70 horses.

family fishing by pond in Clear Creek Guest Ranch, Burnsville, NC

America's Best Dude Ranches

Clear Creek Guest Ranch, Burnsville, NC

Its owners were so inspired by their sons’ work as wranglers out west that they felt compelled to start a dude ranch of their own. Luckily for those on the right coast, they put down roots in the Smoky Mountains. Pisgah National Forest is right next door for trail rides, and Western staples like evening hootenannies, rodeos, and steak cookouts could make you forget you’re east of the Mississippi.

Riding: You’ll never go out with more than seven other guests at a time. Trail rides are offered twice daily, and riding is available for kids ages five and up.

Capacity: 68 guests; 70 horses.

George Bogue
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