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Free Smoky Mountain Horse Ride with Cabin on Horse Ranch

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Property type cabin


About the property

Cabin, 1 Bedroom + Loft, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-6)

Here at Twin Valley Bed and Breakfast Horse Ranch you can enjoy the adventure of mountain living and the peacefulness of the mountains. Avoid the hustle and bustle of everyday life and immerse yourself in good 'ole fashion country fun! The ranch is built mostly of trees we logged from our mountains giving it the western/rustic feel of days gone by.

Step out of your cabin and hike our many trails, relax on the swing listening to the night sounds and enjoying the stars, hike to the outdoor chapel ,letting the creative juices flow, walk to the barn and help with morning/evening chores. The spring fed pond is great for fishing/swimming, cooking out and roasting marshmallows around the campfire ( plenty of wood to gather) Pavilion includes table/chairs.

Help feed and care for the petting animals which include donkey, fainting goats, lamb, kittens, horses, pot belly pig, rabbits........ride in the back of the pickup with the feed, hay, dog and children and make the rounds! I encourage all the 'hands on time' you can stand! Help with grooming, feeding, saddling and care of the ranch horses before and after each horse ride. All mountains rides are by advance reservations and will be specialized to your interest, age and experience level! I offer Half day rides and day rides which include breaks with drink/snacks. I give instruction when needed and the horse tours include lots of hills, faster riding with those who want to, stories/history of the area, games and a lot of YEEEHAAAs!

We have paddocks with shelters for those who are traveling with their own private horses.

Meet other like minded folks who may be staying at our Bed and Breakfast/Private units or camping shelters ,which are spread out throughout our 100+ acres.

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Janice Tipton
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 13, 2017

About Janice Tipton

Hello, my name is Janice and I love realizing the dream my late husband and I have created. Being able to meet amazing folks from all over the world and sharing my ranch, horses/critters, mountain riding tips and the joys of mountain living is very rewarding to me. It is so wonderful to be able to say that people come as guests and literally leave as friends! They give as much joy to me as what I try to create for them. When we bought the ranch in 1983, no one had lived here or worked the land for over 40 yrs. Just overgrown land is what we started with. Slowly but surely we cleared, logged, dug trails, built paddocks, barns, cabin and enjoyed the joys of mountains riding! And now myself and the Twin Valley Family wish to show you all the BEST time possible. I have worked several ranches in Co and also have a AAS in Horse Husbandry so I enjoy teaching and sharing my love of horses and the mountains to all.

Janice Tipton purchased this cabin in 1983

Why Janice Tipton chose Walland

We chose to build Lukes Cabin in 1993 on our mountain property because we wanted to be able to accommodate honeymooners or small families who wanted to stay in the mountains without having to worry about people or cars right next door. The location is very private and beautiful but is within an easy walk to the barn/petting animals, horses or pond. The ranch is in Walland which is a short distance from Townsend, giving our guests easy access to the entrance of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. In the park you can visit Cades Cove, hike, bike, picnic, tubing and enjoy the old homestead historical buildings. Townsend is what we all like to call the 'peaceful side of the Smokys'! Visit the caverns, shops, restaurants, antique shops.......all within a 30 minute drive. Of course, a beautiful mountain drive will get you to Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg in about 45 min. The Smoky Mountains have a lot to offer with such a variety of trees, animals and beauty.

What makes this cabin unique

You will enjoy being able to walk right out your door and have plenty to do without even getting in your car! Parents love not having to pack up all the children and gear just to go 'do' something. Kittens will greet you and are always ready to entertain the youngsters for hours. Without leaving the ranch, you can hike, ride horses, take lessons, fish/swim, relax in the rockers and be spiritually renewed in the great outdoors! If you feel like playing tourist, there are so many options to choose from, and only 2-25 miles from the ranch. Visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cades Cove, Heritage museum, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Knoxville, Townsend, Tubing, shopping, antiques, shows, caverns, biking........the list of things to do is endless! I will be glad to sit down with you and help you plan your activities....draw maps and give you brochures.


Walland Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Children welcome ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • tub, shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • Double Bed (1), Twin Beds (2) in loft, Sleep Futon(1)
  • Books
  • Foosball
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Specialized mountain horse rides, paddocks for visiting horses, outdoor chapel,spring fed pond for fishing and swimming, trading post, many hiking trails, petting animals and all the Hands On time you would like with the animals and horses.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(12 traveler reviews)

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Free Smoky Mountain Horse Ride with Cabin on Horse Ranch
average rating of 4.75 based on 12 reviews
Holliston MA

Heaven on Earth

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed in Luke's Cabin, the pet friendly cabin, with our cockapoo. The cabin was charming and clean. Jan matched my riding experience with the perfect horse, Scout. She made sure we all were comfortable and in control of our horses before we left for the mountain trails. Jan made the trail ride extra enjoyable by pointing out wildflowers and trees along the way. After the ride, I helped with the afternoon chores, which I loved. She has many beautiful animals, including goats, a llama, donkeys and minis. I can't say enough about how wonderful this place is. Jan puts her heart and soul into it, and you can tell. She treats you like family. We can't wait to go back and enjoy the beautiful scenery and animals again.

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Rosemary for taking out the time to write such a nice review. I enjoyed our time together very much. I love sharing my ranch, horses and mountains with all who share my passion of getting back to what is REAL! Nature, animals and each other. Till next time--Happy Trails! JAN
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An oasis

  • 5 of 5

Our family was looking for a hands-on vacation with our 2 children, ages 8 and 11. We definitely got that at TVR! We wanted more than just a brush with the horse-experience, chores, etc.,. The description that Jan gives in the overview is very accurate, and the degree of involvement is not limited at all. She encourages the children so much (and Julia, too) that they want to be doing chores every day, and at every opportunity. The kids did NOT want to leave the ranch for 6 days! And, even though guests, we felt like we experienced the rhythm of a real working horse ranch operation. It was a unanimous 10/10 for everyone in our family!

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: wow! IT is so nice of you all to take the time out to write and post such a nice review. I LOVE the interaction with the young ones. They keep it Real and Fun! You all were such a pleasure to have here. Until next time Happy Trails! JAN
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Great Vacation Stay

  • 4 of 5

This was a great place for us to stay. I took my two adult daughters (ages 26 & 23) on a horse ranch trip. This was a great choice. We stayed in Luke's cabin which is a log cabin and a bit rustic so it really added to the experience. It was clean and very comfortable as well as air-conditioned. We didn't do much cooking but it had a microwave, stove and coffeemaker which was great. It has a nice porch with a swing seat. It is very quiet and peaceful. Beware-if you feed the cats, as we did, they will be on your doorstep every minute! Janice and Julia prepare breakfast and it was a wonderful start to our days of horseback riding. My daughter still talks about the breakfast. Janice provides excellent horseback riding instruction and the horses are fantastic. We had never done mountain riding before and we all loved it. The farm animals are wonderful; Nutmeg the llama, Dilly the potbelly pig, Monte the donkey, rabbits, chickens, and three nice dogs that took turns accompanying us on trail rides. We also highly recommend river tubing. It was great fun and very relaxing. We definitely want to revisit next year.

  • Submitted: May 20, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello! Thank you so much for such a glowing review. I am so pleased that you decided to bring your lovely girls here for a ladies getaway. They were both so delightful and I was certainly impressed how well you all became "riders" and not "Passengers" on our horse adventures. I truly enjoyed sharing my ranch, pettings animals ( just got a new little of baby bunnies....oh , so tiny!) kittys, horses, trails, breakfast.............everything with you all! You are now Mountain Riding Cowgirls! Happy Trails til next time..............:) JAN
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  • 4 of 5

was a neat experience had a good horseback ride through the mountains, did think that the price we were charged for breakfast was a little high. We were charged $10.00 a person to eat at the house. Wanted to change dates because we arrived very late at night due to a traffic problem but she stated she was booked did not see many people the entire time we were there.

  • Submitted: Nov 18, 2014
  • Stayed: October 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Greg, Thank you so much for taking out the time to write the review for me and the ranch. I very much enjoyed you and your family,your daughter was simply delightful. I thought it was nice that we happened to have another family with a young girl for her to hang out with for breakfasts and horseback riding. I am glad I was even able to accommadate with it being the peak weekend of the season. Usually, same day reservations are quite difficult for us. Breakfast is only included in room rate when staying at the lodge and is optional for those staying in private cabin or unit since those units have full kitchen facilities. If you don't want to cook or pay 10.00 for a full country breakfast at lodge then folks can go out to eat with a 2-10 mile drive depending on how fancy you want it to be. I am sorry you were disappointed and apologize if I did not make myself clear when you signed up for breakfast on the phone when making your reservations. Also,I would have been glad to changed dates but every room/unit on the ranch was booked Thur and starting on fri two families checking out and more arriving same day, all ready and anxious to jump on the horses! I do try to carefully match the right horse for each rider depending on experience/age therefore our rides are not big rides. Two to six folks on a ride is the norm which actually allows us to specialize more efficient. People do come here to get away and for peace and quiet so it actually pleases me that even on our peak weekend, fully booked , you did not find it crowded or overwhelming. For us, nine for breakfast is a full table! I do appreciate your comments and will hope you may come back again. I know the start of your trip with the hours of traffic delays was not helpful, I am hoping the way home went more smooth. Next time can only be better, I promise to do my part it making it so. Happy Thanksgiving! Janice
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Parksville, KY

Wonderful & Unique Place to Stay in the Smokies

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed in the Cowboy Hideout, which we found to be very charming, clean and comfortable. It had a great little kitchen stocked with all the cookware and dishes we needed, which was helpful because we cooked several times while we were there.

The Twin Valley Horse Ranch is a destination within itself in the Smoky Mountains. There is enough to do here for a fun family or romantic getaway that you wouldn't have to ever leave the property: hiking, horseback riding on mountain trails, fishing, petting and feeding all the farm animals, cook outs and marshmallow roasting at the pond, relaxing and enjoying the mountain scenery. If you venture off the property, Cades Cove is not far away and is my favorite spot in the GSM National Park. There is also line dancing nearby on the weekends, and Janice will take you with her if you want to go. We went and had a great time even though we are novice dancers.

The best part of our stay was the horse riding. Janice's horses are well trained and she carefully matches the horse to rider based on your skill level. We've done several trail rides in the Smoky Mountains over the years, and riding here is a very different and much better experience. This is real mountain trail riding, where you'll be taught some basic horsemanship if you're a beginner (great for kids) and where you can do more if you're advanced. Basically, what I'm trying to say is that you have a chance to "drive," not just sit on a horse who is trained to do nothing more than follow the leader. After the ride, we even got to groom the horses. This was our second time riding here. The first time, we had our two children with us who loved it as much as we did.

Janice, Julia and Nic are very personable and welcoming hostesses who make you feel right at home. Janice was very quick to respond to our request and was helpful in answering our questions.

I would recommend this property to anyone looking for a really special place to stay. We can't wait to return!

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2014
  • Stayed: October 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Dawn, What a wonderful review you wrote for the Twin Valley Ranch. I am so glad that you had a good time while here and look forward to your next visit. When I pass thru my gates after a trip to town, I feel like I am coming into another world, and am so glad that I can share this with so many wonderful folks like yourself and family. Thank you JAN
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Marshfield, Wisconsin

Paradise in the Smokies

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I were taking a road trip through Kentucky and Tennessee in October. With no plans, schedule or accomodations - we enjoyed coming upon local surprises! We called for reservation availability and was delighted by Janice's (owner) genuine care and accomodation to make our trip memorable. We were pleasantly surprised by the fair pricing of the accomodations, and were thrilled when we arrived. Everything Janice told us about her property was spot on - and then some! The cabin was charming, clean, decorated with a cowboy theme and the bed was very comfortable. Although we didn't take a horse ride due to visiting the Smokie Mountain Park and departure plans, we joined Janice, her lovely mother and ranch hand, Nik in feeding and grooming the horses. It was a fabulous time! Janice and company really know how to make guests feel welcomed and provide a real ranch experience! With the variety of animals on the ranch, the sweet horses and beautiful landscape, we can't wait to return!

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2014
  • Stayed: October 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Beth, Thank you so much for you very nice review. It was certainly my pleasure to have met you both and I want you do know how much I enjoyed you all going to Cheyennes Dance Hall with me. I will never forget the couple who taught me how to poka! I am so glad you liked the ranch and were able to enjoy a bit of Hands On time. Will await your next visit but till then......Happy Trails. jan
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Mcgee Tyson in Knoxville tn
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Lambert Acres
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Hwy 321
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Ellijoy Market
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Gatlinburg Tn
Car: recommended

We are between Maryville and Townsend tn. So there is lots to do within a 20 minute drive. Also, Townsend is the entrance to the GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK. A must see. Lots of hiking trails, driving with many pretty pull offs to view the mountains and valleys and of course the Cades Cove driving tour is one of the main attractions.

Antique malls

Historic museum - Heritage Center

Free train museum

Cades Cove- wild life viewing and old log homes


Bike paths

tubing down the little river

Outdoor drive in theater

Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge with many shows and activities.

Foothills Parkway with hike to scenic tower




Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional
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Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $20

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All lodging and activities rates are plus required taxes. Cancellations or changes must be made 2 weeks before your arrival date for a guaranteed refund of deposit. 20.00 cancellation / change fee will be applied.

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Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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