THE HAYRIDE-It has been a tradition in the Great Smoky Mountains for years! One of those "down on the farm" kind of things that's more fun than a "Barrel of Monkeys!"
It's all about horses pulling wooden carts, or hooking the tractor to a flatbed wagon, filling them with hay, (cush for your tush) and riding down an old country road with friends, family, or a special group. Whoever you're riding with, you can be sure there'll be plenty of giggles and laughter all the way!
As you move along, you travel slow, so it's a great time for idle chatter, or maybe a great sing-a-long. Sometimes, you may pass others as you move along, so wave, and make some noise so they'll be sure to notice!
Cades Cove is the perfect place for an excellent view of the the Smokies as you ride along! There's beautiful scenery, with lots of wildlife such as deer, bear, turkeys, the raccoon, and more roaming the area. It's a guided tour, so you'll have a blast listening to interesting stories of early area settlers as told by your guide. This tour normally runs from March - May 31, then again starting August 15 through season close with rides at 10am, 12pm, 3pm, and 6pm. The minimum number of riders are 15, while the maximum amount of riders stops at 65. The trip lasts approximately one-and-a-half to three hours depending upon traffic. A 50% deposit is required with reservations for all groups.
Another exquisite place is in the northwestern foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains known as Walland, TN. EchoBrooke Farm offers an exciting trip in a horse-drawn wooden wagon! Horseback riding and carriage rides are available! You may reach EchoBrooke Farm at 865-984-1459, or check out their Facebook page for more information.
Every place in the Smokies offering hay rides and carriage rides are always fun and exciting! However, one of the best ways to enjoy one free of charge is with a church group! Area churches have festivals (usually in the spring or fall) and many times they include the hay wagon! These are not as extravagant as the businesses that charge, but they're loads of fun! These rides are a wonderful way to serve the Lord and meet some wonderful people.
However you decide to go, whether its tractor-drawn, horse-drawn, or a relaxing ride in the evening, it's always a great way to have fun, and and explore. It's just one more ideal, but unique way to view the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains.