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Family & Children

Holidays and summer vacations have always conjured fond memories of childhood, when our family set out on an adventure away from home. Whether it was a trip to our grandparents’ house in the country or a camping trip in the Smoky Mountains, we always came to a new realization of how important our family was and just how precious this time was together. Family time at Blackberry Farm offers a unique opportunity to experience adventures that will create memories to last a lifetime. Take time for mother-and-daughter pampering at the Spa; pass on your father’s or grandfather’s tradition of casting that perfect fly across the pristine waters of Hesse Creek. Embark on a hike along the Trunk Branch Trail with your family clan, horseback ride across mountain trails and pastoral meadows, or simply picnic in a field far away from schedules and daily routines.

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January through March 15th we offer winter rates for activities and reservations. Please call to find out more.

Adventure Series

Appreciation through Connection From trails to gardens and streams to mountains, join us in a unique opportunity to connect to a place and time, as we discover and explore together. The Adventure Series takes guests of all ages into the great outdoors, for challenging and enriching activities on property and in the nearby Smoky Mountain region. Programs are based on Adventure Quests, Mountain Discovery and Farmstead Life, and targeted toward ages 10 and up.

Mountain Discovery

Mountain Discovery activities are all about learning to exist in the mountain environment. From plant and wildlife ID to learning about wild edibles and managing wildlife encounters, these activities are all about being comfortable and safe in the outdoors in order to get the most out of it. Classes also include basic principals such as "Leave No Trace" ethics and basic wilderness survival.

Farmstead Life

Life on the Farm helps to teach a family what a working farm is all about. Lessons are based around specific areas of Blackberry including the garden, livestock, and farm production areas. Families have the opportunity to learn about successful gardening or beekeeping or learn basic elements of proper livestock care such as the need for pasture rotation and free range foraging.

Adventure Quests

Adventure Quests are activities for those wanting to get out of thier comfort zone and have the expertise of a guide to help them understand a new way of enjoying the outdoors. From paddling clinics to an introduction to rope skills and rock climbing, families learn what to think about when venturing out into the wilderness of and natural resources of East Tennessee. These activities not only give the families an opportunity to "play", but also help teach the skills necessary to do it safely and correctly.

Camp Blackberry

Camp Blackberry is a program for children ages 4 and older that encourages “Appreciation through Exploration”. Our activities include interacting with the farm animals, discovering nature and the outdoors, and experiences in our garden. Each day has a different theme that allows children to have hands on learning experiences as well as lots of fun. One of our favorite parts of each day is what we call "Exploration Hour" this time is set aside each day to focus on specific interests of the children in attendance where we can explore any aspect of the camp curriculum.

Additional Information

  • Monday - Garden Day will give the children an opportunity to spend time with our Master Gardener learning the aspects of successful gardening. They will learn concepts such as seed saving, composting and harvesting. The goal is to teach gardening as a tool that they can use at home to supply foods for their own families.

  • Tuesday - Outdoor Adventure Dayis focused on the great outdoors. Here at Blackberry Farm we are so lucky to have the beautiful surroundings that we do and we want to make the most of it. Children will get the opportunity to go canoeing, hiking, and learn orienteering skills.

  • Wednesday - Wellness Day will introduce children to fun and creative ways of exercising their mind and body. They will be given the opportunity to learn about healthy eating by creating their own healthy snacks. Making use of the great outdoor resources they will learn different exercise techniques that can be incorporated into play. The goal is to teach our children at an early age to focus on all aspects of wellness.

  • Thursday - Culinary Day is focused on all things cooking. Children will discuss kitchen safety, kitchen tools and the basics of cooking. They will create kid friendly recipes that they can recreate at home for snacks or meals. They will also of course get to create everyone's favorite part of a meal the sweet treat!

  • Friday - Farm Animal Day will introduce children to our farmstead. They will start the day meeting all of the animals on property while also learning about each of their specific jobs. They will help with care for the animals such as grooming, feeding and collection of eggs. They will end their day with a better understanding of the working farmstead and why each animal is important to the farm.

  • Saturday - Artisan Day is an opportunity for children to get creative and learn art techniques. They will learn ceramic arts techniques by creating their own piece of pottery. Fiber arts will also be explored by creating paper or spinning wool. Children can create custom gifts for their loved ones using their own creativity.

  • Sunday- National Park Day will introduce children to East Tennessee heritage. They will to explore our hiking trails while learning about the history of the area. The children will play games and create crafts that Native Americans and Pioneers of the area would have done. All the while learning about the flora and fauna of East Tennessee.

2015 Camp Blackberry Schedule

  • Easter April 2-6
  • Family Time May 22- September 7
  • Thanksgiving November 24- 29
  • Christmas December 24- 27

Youth Excursion Series

  • Available at special times throughout the year contact the concierge for more details

Sitting Services

Sitting services are available with an hourly charge of $25 per sitter. Parents must remain on Blackberry Farm property while their child is in this care. Advanced notice is required. Please contact your concierge for more details.



All meals are special events at Blackberry Farm, and our Culinary Team takes great pride in using only the finest ingredients to create memorable cuisine. Breakfast, brunch, and lunch are enjoyed in the Main House dining room. Lunch at Blackberry Farm is a casual affair and is available from 12:00pm-2:00pm daily. Dinner is enjoyed by reservation in The Barn or The Dogwood. To preserve a consistent atmosphere for all diners, children ages 12 and older are allowed in The Barn only at 6pm reservation times. Families with children of all ages are welcome to dine at The Dogwood during normal dinner hours with the relaxed atmosphere.

On your day of departure, a picnic lunch can be placed in your vehicle for your journey home. Backpacks, blankets and trail maps are available from the Oak Cottage for exploring the 4,200 acres of Blackberry Farm. Ask any team member for his or her favorite picnic spot. Rates include the evening meal and breakfast and lunch the following day. If you would like to enjoy extra meals on the day of your arrival or departure, please let us know in advance so that arrangements can be made. Also, upon confirmation of your reservation, please advise us of any special dietary restrictions or requests. Gentlemen are required to wear a jacket at dinner in The Barn, but tie is optional.


Children of any age are welcome throughout the year at Blackberry Farm. Children ages 12 and older may dine in The Barn only at 6pm reservation times. Families with children of all ages are welcome to dine at The Dogwood during normal dinner hours with the relaxed atmosphere.

Nightly Charges for Children

Charges for children 4 years of age and older, staying in their parent's room, will be $250 per child, per night, plus tax and service charge. This standard room charge covers meals, pantry snacks, sodas, and Camp Blackberry. For more information regarding the months of Camp Blackberry, please contact reservations.

Camp Blackberry Rates

Camp Blackberry provides fun-filled, fully supervised daily activities for your children. The camp is available for children ages 4 - and up and Adventure Camp is available for children 8 and up during special times throughout the year and is included in the daily child surcharge of $250 per child and within the family room rate when purchasing a room for the child. Private sitting service is available with advanced notice for $25/hour for children under the age of 4.

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