Horse-Friendly Ten­nessee Lodge

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Big South Fork Lodge is lo­cated in Jamestown, Tenn., 1½ hours from Knoxville. The lodge is open year-round; best sea­sons to visit are fall, win­ter, and spring.

From the lodge, you can ride across the street right into the Big South Fork Na­tional River and Recre­ation Area, an eques­trian par­adise that of­fers more than 200 miles of well-main­tained, horse-friendly trails. On the trail, you’ll en­joy the scenic views, rock for­ma­tions, rivers, and wa­ter­falls. Many of the trails are wide and sandy.

Stay in one of the lodge’s large mo­tel rooms or in the Rail Road Cabin, which sleeps seven. If you’d rather camp in your liv­ing-quar­ters trailer, pull into one of the fa­cil­ity’s recre­ational-ve­hi­cle sites, sit­u­ated within your horse’s pad­dock. These sites fea­ture a barn with 12-foot-by-12-foot cov­ered stalls and a cov­ered sad­dling area. Or, stay in a prim­i­tive camp­site — there are no elec­tri­cal hookups, but a shower house is avail­able.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call (931) 8794230, or go to www.big­south­fork­lodge.com.

PHO­TOS COUR­TESY OF BIG SOUTH FORK LODGE

Big South Fork Lodge in Jamestown, Tenn., is lo­cated across the street from the Big South Fork Na­tional River and Recre­ation Area, an eques­trian par­adise that of­fers more than 200 miles of well-main­tained, horse-friendly trails.

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