Posted by Darryl Payne in Things To Do
In the Smoky Mountains, hayrides are as much a part of fall as pumpkins, arts and crafts, and the changing colors of the leaves. Hayrides are more than just sitting atop dried grass while you're pulled along a dusty, dirt road. Like a country version of a New York City carriage ride through Central Park, hayrides offer a time to snuggle close, enjoy the outdoor scenery, chat and have some fun.
While some organized hayrides are first come-first served, others require advance reservations. Since they are usually inexpensive, and popular with all ages, make plans to include a hayride when you visit the Smoky Mountains. Book early so you don't miss out on the fun!
Try a relaxing hayride by twilight, with or without Park Ranger narration, through Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains. One of the most popular spots to visit in the Smokies, Cades Cove animal residents include turkey, foxes, bears, and an abundance of deer, as well as historic buildings that date back to the late 19th century. Dress warmly and bring your flashlight because these rides are approximately two hours long. Visit http://www.cadescovestables.com for more information.
A tractor-drawn hayride on a wooden wagon makes for a unique twist on this old custom. Several tractor-drawn hayrides in the area will take you past beautiful creeks and through mountain valleys with visually stunning scenery.
Horse-drawn hayrides are the originals dating back far before the invention of tractors and trucks. The hooves of the horses clip-clop down the road as you feel a chill in the air. The event is like stepping into a Courier and Ives print! As your carriage driver pulls you along, you get the privilege of taking in the gorgeous scenery. The slower pace has a calming effect on most people as they soak in the tranquility of the surrounding mountains.
Extras and add-ons are often available to make the experience more memorable. If you've worked up an appetite, try one of the restaurants or tearooms along the way. Some hayrides offer delicious picnics in the countryside. Bonfires (available through some vendors with advance notice) are a warm and fabulous way to add to your experience.
Looking for a fun-filled family adventure? Searching for something unique to do for a reunion, church event or office party? A romantic afternoon with that special someone? Consider this novel idea for a birthday party or a memorable activity for your anniversary. With so many varieties, the old-fashioned tradition of hayrides in the Smoky Mountains is a great solution for all occasions. Make memories that won't soon be forgotten by reserving your trip now.
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