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Explore the scenic countryside of Blackberry Farm and the Great Smoky Mountains on the back of a well-trained horse. Guided rides are available for guests of any experience level, from beginner to advanced. Every ride includes instruction, a helmet and a Western saddle; English saddles are available upon request. For your comfort, we recommend you wear long pants and closed-toed shoes. Note: children under the age of eight may participate in Pony Club or Recreational Riding Instruction.
All rides are guided and are by appointment.
The Farmstead RideGroup Activity / Allow up to one hour $125 (per person)
A relaxing way to explore the farm, at a leisurely pace, suitable for all levels of experience.
Hunter PacePrivate Activity / Allow up to two hours. $225 (per person)
For the confident equestrian, comfortable posting the trot, in English tack, galloping and jumping (optional) in open and wooded terrain.
The Field and Stream RidePrivate Activity / Allow up to two hours $225 (per person)
Wander the fields and streams of Blackberry with your personal guide.
Pony ClubFor kids and parents / Allow one hour $150 (per family) with one child $40 each additional child
Introduction to mini-and full-size horse; grooming, leading, tack, and leadline ride, bring a camera!
Recreational Riding InstructionPrivate Activity / Allow up to two hours $225 (per person)
English (jumping optional) or Western.
Smoky Mountain Wilderness RideLunch included / Allow three to five hours. $500 (per person)
For experienced riders, currently riding fit, confident over steep terrain and water crossings. Please contact stables for availability.
Natural Horsemanship ExperienceAllow one hour $125 (per person) Pair with a Farmstead Ride. $250 (per person)
Whether or not you choose to put your foot in the stirrup, savor the opportunity to “join up” with a horse, explore the essence of the human/horse relationship through non-verbal communication, action and perception. Arrive seeking an understanding of the horse and leave with a powerful connection.
Full Day Horse ClinicPrivate Activity / Allow up to six hours $500 (per person)
Topics include natural horsemanship, horse psychology, safety, grooming, tack, English or Western riding instruction in the ring and on the trail. Private activity.
Mounted Foxhunting(Offered September to March) / Allow four to six hours Lease horses/instruction available
For experienced equestrians comfortable posting the trot in English tack and galloping rugged terrain. Jumping optional. Please contact stables for availability and pricing.
Clip-clop down a shady lane and amble through the countryside. Slow your pace of life. Experience scenic vistas and pure mountain streams from the cozy comfort of a horse-drawn carriage. If you are interested, your driver is well-versed in Blackberry history and local lore. Hoofbeats create a rhythm for a beautiful Blackberry memory. Rides by appointment only. Plan on hour or more.
Blackberry Farm became an Orvis-endorsed fishing lodge in 2001, and we are very proud of our association with Orvis and its group of endorsed lodges. We are especially proud to be recognized as the 2003 and 2004 Orvis endorsed Lodge of the Year. Blackberry Farm is the first lodge in the eastern United States to win this prestigious honor, and we look forward to offering our guests the fi nest possible fly-fishing experience in the future.
Guests have access to a buffet of options for freshwater fly-fishing: two ponds and a stream on our property, more than 700 miles of fishable trout streams in the neighboring Great Smoky Mountains National Park and beautiful stretches of the well-known Clinch or Holston Rivers. Our Orvis endorsed guides and instructors can quickly introduce beginners to the basics of fly-fishing or help the seasoned angler by providing the best local knowledge for a perfect day on the water.
On Property Fly Fishing
Blackberry Farm is home to what may be the best mile of trout water in Tennessee. Beneath a canopy of trees, Hesse Creek harbors rainbow and brown trout ranging from eight inches to eight pounds. This jewel of a mountain stream is best fished in the Spring and Fall, but thanks to our mild weather and water temperatures, Hesse Creek can produce better-than-average fishing in the Summer, but especially in the Winter. Hesse Creek is a catch-and-release stream, and only fly-fishing with artificial flies is permitted. The stream is reserved for guided trips year-round, unless special arrangements are made.
Other Options On Property
Two ponds grace our grounds and accommodate anglers in pursuit of more casting freedom of different species. The larger Walland Pond contains bass, catfish and bream. The smaller Singing Brook Pond, which is home to trout in the Winter and bass and bluegill all year long, is situated near the Grey Drake, the fishing cabin that is home to our fly-fishing schools, fly tying classes and private instruction.
The Orvis Company, America’s oldest continuous mail order company (since 1856), began its Endorsed Lodge Program almost 20 years ago. Its goal was to assure their customers that they could expect the finest combination of accommodations, fishing and shooting at these lodges because they met the Orvis Company’s approval. Today there are approximately 60 Orvis-endorsed lodges in the United States and Canada.
Off Property Fly Fishing
A sportsman’s paradise, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park adjoins Blackberry Farm. Its superb fishing destinations are within easy reach and are bountiful in Spring and Fall. The park contains more than 700 miles of fishable water and is truly a rare wild trout sanctuary—none of the streams are stocked. While rainbows and browns populate most of the major streams, the native Southern Appalachian brook trout still thrives in some of the elevated tributaries. Guests can drive to these waters in about 15–45 minutes. Half and full day guided trips are available.
A tailwater fishery north of Knoxville, the wide and pristine Clinch River is replete with trout. Blackberry guests can float down in a Mackenzie-style drift boat, catching browns, rainbows and brooks (this river produced Tennessee’s state record brown trout). The Clinch can be rewarding year-round, but the best fishing is in March through June and October through early November. The driving distance and length of the float make the Clinch River a full day trip only.
We also guide the Holston River, a Springtime favorite, located just East of Knoxville. The Holston is a diverse and scenic float that offers and angler a chance to fish several different types of water. The river hosts a robust population of rainbow trout, but we often pursue smallmouth bass in the warmer months. The Holston fishes best for trout from March through June and is a full-day trip only.
Fly-Fishing SchoolTwo Day Fly-Fishing School $585 (per person)
Perfect for the beginner looking to get a firm hold on the skills involved in the sport. Our instructors will patiently walk you through everything from casting, to fly selection, to presentation to ensure you have the knowledge needed to become an independent angler.
Fly-Fishing SchoolTwo Day Fly-Fishing School $585 (per person)
We recommend this learning experience—a detailed and distinctive type of angling—before a guided trip onto local trout waters. Each lesson covers equipment and theory, but focuses mostly on casting instruction. Geared for beginners, these private lessons provide a “crash course” in the world of fly-fishing basics. (Instruction on fly casting, presentation, reading water, fighting and landing fish.)
Two-hour lesson does not include guided time on the water.
(up to six people per lesson)
Guided Fly-Fishing Trips
Beginner or old hand, our guides’ local knowledge is hard to beat. If you need instruction they can give it, or they are more than happy to show you where the big one lays. Guided trips can be taken on Hesse Creek, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park or to one of the local tailwaters.
Per Person (two per guide)
(float trip off property, up to two people)
A timeless tradition with its roots coming from England, sporting clays is a classic shotgun experience perfected over the years into an ultimate game for the sportsman. Like all Blackberry Farm activities, we strive to give our guests an incredible experience they won’t forget while engaging them in new knowledge— covering everything from gun safety to etiquette, gun fit to eye dominance. Offered shotgun disciplines include Skeet, Trap, 5 Stand, Sporting Clays, Double Wobble, Flurry and more.
Blackberry Farm Shooting Academy is just a short drive from the property. At our course, you’ll find the thrilling and personalized experience you had hoped for! We are able accommodate any group size, whether it’s a family outing or a corporate team building exercise, we’re here to instruct the novice shooter to become an expert, while challenging the most experienced shooter. Use one of our Beretta shotguns, or bring your personal shotgun, it’s up to you sportsman!
Two-Hour Open Group Session (10 a.m. and 2 p.m.)
$195 (per person)
Two-Hour Private Group Session
$225 (per person)