Groups visiting Tennessee’s popular destinations like Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg won’t want to miss the Smoky Mountains’ newest entertainment destination: SkyLand Ranch.
SkyLand Ranch opened its barn doors to groups in fall 2022. The mountaintop ranch seamlessly blends into the landscape at the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Groups, families, and travelers of all ages and interests can explore 14 acres of the 100-acre Ogle family farm while taking in authentic sights, sounds, and tastes of Tennessee.
“Our destination really embodies the whole Smoky Mountain area,” says Jordan Briggs, director of sales and marketing at SkyLand Ranch. “Our modern cowboy ranch experience gives travelers in this area something they really can’t find anywhere else. In addition to getting to visit with our farm animals, enjoy great food, do some shopping, and see the views. We also provide a full gamut of entertainment throughout the day.”
Upon arrival, groups have two options for reaching the top of the ranch. For a scenic view, visitors can take a 20-minute chairlift ride, or, for a more traditional arrival, groups can opt for a short ride in an open-air or air-conditioned shuttle bus.
At the top of the mountain, two 5,000-square-foot barns with food, drinks, and shopping, a 1,000-seat amphitheater for live performances, and three pastures with miniature horses, donkeys, cows, goats, and sheep tower 300 feet above the parkway. Tourgoers can also dine on Southern delicacies at three different food trucks on-site: a Southern-style barbecue truck, a chicken truck, and a truck serving sweets like doughnuts, pastries, and lemonade.
Thrill-seekers can enjoy an adrenaline-pumping, 12-minute ride on SkyLand Ranch’s mountain coaster—the longest mountain coaster in the entire United States. Or, for a more relaxed experience, groups can take in the scenery from the ranch’s 50-foot elevated walkway for even more stunning views.
SkyLand Ranch is located off Veterans Parkway across from the Tanger Outlets between Sevierville and Pigeon Forge.
Tour operators and planners should call in advance to purchase group tickets.
For more information, call 865-333-9844 or visit skylandranch.com.
Main image and credit: SkyLand Ranch
Article by Erica Zazo