Bit of Hope Ranch

The mission of Bit of Hope Ranch is to Reach, Rescue and Restore hurting children, families and horses through offering complete equine therapy wellness and educational programs.

This non-profit, 501(c)3 organization was founded in 2008 out of Meg Vanderbilt’s passion to help hurting children by allowing them to find hope and healing through a relationship with a horse. All of the horses and animals have a story when they arrive at the Ranch. Children can often identify with these physical or emotional scars that the horses present. Clients work together with the therapy team which includes a licensed professional, an equine specialist and of course…a horse! Clients find this type of therapy powerful and effective. Beginning August 2016, the Ranch will offer Therapeutic Riding services for special needs clients. This will allow the Ranch to become a complete equine therapy wellness center!

cha_logo.ai_Bit of Hope is also CHA, Certified Horseman’s Association, Site Accredited to ensure the safety of horse and human. The Ranch is located on 45 acres of hardwood and pasture land. The facilities include 2 barns, 2 covered riding arenas and a large grass arena. The Nature Quest Discovery Trails includes 3 miles of wooded trails, a low ropes trail and a large pond with gazebo. A Tribal Trail (Sensory Trail) offers clients challenges and learning stations while on horseback and foot. The crow of a chicken or a nicker from a horse can be heard daily. The Ranch is now home to more than dozen horses and other small farm animals. hannah kid

Bit of Hope is driven by volunteer power and funded by donation dollars. Every week, 50 volunteer hours keep the animals fed and the Ranch running smoothly. Dozens more volunteer hours are required each week for groups and educational programs. It takes a lot of hands to offer these amazing programs. Take a look to see how you can become involved with volunteering or donating to support the mission.

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5001 Cr Wood Rd, Gastonia, NC 28056
Gastonia, NC 28056


Cataloochee Ranch

They say these mountains are 250 million years old. They’ll get no argument from us. Only time could have rounded their contours, carpeted their slopes with ancient hardwoods and their hidden trails with snowy trillium blossoms, and sent their blue peaks rolling away into the distance like a vast, eternal sea. In fact, one translation of the Cherokee word “Cataloochee” is “wave upon wave.” And that’s a translation that gets no argument from us, either.

For more than 75 years, the Great Smoky Mountains have been our home. And people like you have been our guests, often returning again and again to establish their own family vacation traditions and help us preserve the heritage of this very special corner of western North Carolina.

If you’re one of those old friends, we look forward to welcoming you back to Maggie Valley this year. If not, your welcome is waiting. You may be a first-time guest, but we promise, you’ll never be a stranger. We invite you to come and discover for yourself what makes a vacation with us an experience you’ll remember for the rest of your life.

Even if, like the mountains, you live for a long, long time.

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119 Ranch Drive
Maggie Valley, NC 28751


Clear Creek Ranch

There is nothing quite as beautiful as the mountain getaway here at Clear Creek Dude Ranch. Our Dude ranch is nestled away in a quiet valley in the Great Blue Ridge Mountains, surrounded by the beautiful Pisgah National Forest and sits at an elevation of 3,200 feet yet we are only about an hour drive from Asheville, NC. We welcome guests from April through Thanksgiving for family vacations and even corporate retreats.

Horseback riding is our main attraction and with over 50 horses on the ranch, every guest will be matched with the perfect riding companion. Check out our photos of the beautiful scenery, horses and amenities and read what our guests are saying. We’re looking forward to hearing from you, too. Send us an e-mail or visit our Facebook page. Better yet, come on up to the ranch, you’ll be glad you did! See y’all soon!

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100 Clear Creek Rd
Burnsville, NC 28714


PIsgah View Ranch

Welcome to Pisgah View Ranch, NC … the best dude ranch east of the Mississippi. Come and experience your next Dude Ranch Family Vacation at the Pisgah View Ranch. For more than half a century, spending time at Pisgah View Ranch has been a tradition for visitors from all over the world who are looking for that perfect Blue Ridge Mountain getaway to unwind, relax and put the stress of everyday life on hold. Capture the spirit of the Great Smoky Mountains while riding across miles of trails on over two thousand breathtaking acres.

Comfortable accommodations in cozy, rustic style guest cottages or cabins
Delicious home-style meals
Scenic horseback rides
Game Room with Ping Pong, Foosball, Pool Table, and Darts
Swimming pool – Tennis court – Horseshoes – Shuffleboard
Fishing pond with Bass & Blue Gill
Hiking with the beautiful Mt. Pisgah as your backdrop
Nightly entertainment for all guests to enjoy
Unique “barn loft” banquet room for family reunions, wedding receptions, conferences and special events
Pioneer Museum that was established in 1790 and is filled with artifacts from over the yearsl
Golfing, whitewater rafting, zip lining, waterfalls, and the Biltmore Estate and other attractions nearby
No Minimum Stay Required

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70 Pisgah View Ranch Rd
Candler, NC 28715