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Cherokee Trail Riding

October 30 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until December 18, 2022


Just south of the Great Smoky Mountains lies a hidden horseback riding adventure. The Unicoi Mountains are part of Southern Appalachia’s Blue Ridge Mountain Range.

The Range remains one of the most primitive, undeveloped areas in the eastern United States. Much of it is protected as part of the Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee and Nantahala National Forest in North Carolina.

The name “Unicoi” comes from the Cherokee word ᎤᏁᎦ (unega), which means “white.” The term refers to the low-lying clouds and fog that often drape the mountains in the early morning or on humid days.

Come ride the White Cloud with us, Cherokee Trail Riding (LLC), and experience a truly wild place.

2 trail riding options:

Riding the Ridge

1-HOUR TRAIL RIDE | $40+tax

This trail is located in the Indian Boundary Lake area near Tellico Plains, Tennessee. The ride departs from the Miller Ridge Trail parking lot and directions are marked by National Forest Service “horse trail” signs.

Distance: The departure location is approximately 5 miles (15 minutes) from the parking lot of the Indian Boundary Lake General Store or 15 miles (25 minutes) from the Tellico Beach Drive-In on the Cherohala Skyway.

Directions: To reach the departure point for riding, 0.3 miles from Indian Boundary Lake Road, turn off the Cherohala Skyway (HWY 165) onto Raftner Road. Raftner Road is a gravel road. Head straight and follow the road for approximately 1.6 miles until you reach a sharp left turn. Follow the road left and continue driving for another 1.4 miles until a sign for Miller’s Ridge appears. Turn right and follow this road a short distance to a large gravel parking lot.

We are at this trail on rotating weekends, including the following 2022 dates: 

  • August 13th & 14th
  • August 16th & 17th
  • August 27th & 28th
  • September 10th & 11th
  • September 24th & 25th
  • October 8th & 9th
  • October 22nd & 23rd
  • November 5th & 6th
  • November 19th & 20th
  • December 3rd & 4th
  • December 17th & 18th– Last ride at this trail for 2022!

Wake Up On Coffee Branch

1-HOUR TRAIL RIDE | $40+tax

This trail is located near Starr Mountain area near the entrance of the Hiwassee Ocoee State Park near Delano, Tennessee​. The ride departs from the Lost Corral Horse Camp and directions are marked by National Forest Service “horse trail” signs. 

Distance: The departure location is approximately 1 mile (3 minutes) from HWY 411/Spring Creek intersection or 7 miles (11 minutes) from Starr Mountain Outfitters (no affiliation) in Etowah, Tennessee.

Directions: To reach the departure point for riding, south of Delano, Tennessee turn off the HWY 411 onto Spring Creek Road. Head toward Hiwassee Ocoee State Park for 1 mile. Immediately after passing the main state park building and parking lot on your right, turn left and follow the road until reaching the Lost Corral Horse Camp.

We are at this trail on rotating weekends, including the following 2022 dates: 

  • August 6th & 7th
  • August 20th & 21st
  • September 3rd & 4th– Labor Day weekend, come have a long weekend with us!
  • September 17th & 18th
  • October 1st & 2nd
  • October 15th & 16th
  • October 29th & 30th– Halloween weekend, come have a spooky ride with us!
  • November 12th & 13th
  • November 26th & 27th– Thanksgiving weekend, come have a ride with us after all the turkey and stuffing!​
  • December 10th & 11th– Last ride at this trail for 2022! 


October 30
10:00 am - 4:00 pm


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