All winter, we talk about our neighbors, Cataloochee Ski. But with spring in the air, our other neighbor, Cataloochee Ranch, is busily preparing to welcome summer guests. The ranch is open year round for guests, but summers are busy as people want to get outdoors on hiking and horse trails. With 1000 acres of ranch property and a mile long border with the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, a featured attraction of the ranch is the ability to ride horses along trails within the ranch or into the park.
The horses spend spring, summer and fall at the ranch, but move down into the warmer valley for the winter months. For us, the return of the horses to the ranch is one of our surest signs that spring is settling over our mountains.