What It’s Like To Visit Skyland Ranch (With Photos)

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SkyLand Ranch can be thought of as a mountaintop ranch-themed entertainment venue in the sky (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

Everything you need to know about Skyland Ranch before you visit

As someone who grew up in the Smoky Mountains, I’ve explored just about every attraction in town and eaten at most of the local restaurants. As a result, I’ve experienced some great attractions and great dining, and I’ve also had a few not-so-great experiences. With this in mind, I recently had an opportunity to explore the Sevierville attraction SkyLand Ranch. And I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by what I saw.

What is SkyLand Ranch?

SkyLand Ranch is a mountaintop entertainment venue accessible by a scenic chairlift (or a safari truck for the chairlift averse). Overall, this attraction is most comparable to Gatlinburg’s Anakeesta attraction albeit smaller, more easily accessible and less crowded. As a bonus, SkyLand Ranch also has ample parking and an entirely different theme – life on the ranch. It also offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of the Parkway with a nod to simpler times but rife with modern conveniences – like food trucks.

mini horse at skyland ranch
The attraction has mini horses as well as other adorable miniature animals (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

What is there to do at SkyLand Ranch?

With general admission to SkyLand Ranch, visitors can enjoy:

Skyland ranch chairlift
The SkyLand Ranch chairlift transports guests to the top of the mountain (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

1. The Horizon SkyRide

The Horizon SkyRide is a chairlift. While free parking is available at the base of the mountain, the main attraction is located at the very top of the mountain and is only accessible by either a chairlift or the safari truck. It takes approximately 9-10 minutes for SkyLand’s chairlift to make it to the top from the bottom and vice versa.

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Meet “Diesel”, the miniature bull (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

2. Miniature animal petting areas

Once atop the mountain, guests are invited to meet SkyLand’s many miniature four-legged friends. Animal encounters include miniature horses, miniature donkeys, miniature cows, goats, sheep and a miniature bull named Diesel (my personal favorite). Interacting with the miniature farm animals turned out to be one of our favorite things at this attraction.

jenga game at skyland ranch
The attraction offers a fun outdoor space where you can gather with friends and family (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

3. The Backyard

The Backyard is a chill outdoor event space to hang out, kick back in a rocking chair, and explore SkyLand’s food truck offerings and other eateries while you watch a bit of live entertainment.

An entertainer at Skyland Ranch demonstrates his juggling abilities (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)
An entertainer at SkyLand Ranch demonstrates his juggling abilities (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

4. Live entertainment

Speaking of live entertainment, SkyLand Ranch’s daily entertainment lineup features a series of rotating talents that include Wild West magic shows, banjo music and appearances from mascots and other special guests. Around the holidays, Santa and Mrs. Claus have even been known to make an appearance. The attraction also features presentations with the animals and appearances from the park’s mascots.

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A look inside Wiliford Mercantile, also known as the retail barn (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

5. Access to retail shops

Guests can also shop at Wiliford Mercantile – also known as the retail barn. But be warned, while window shopping is free with admission, you may be tempted to pull your wallet out for this one. The boutique souvenir shop features a toy store, western wear, hats, bags and a variety of souvenirs.

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You can even make your own custom candy bar at the SkyLand Cafe & Bakery (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

6. Access to dining

Guests may also choose to buy a snack or grab a sandwich at the SkyLand Cafe & Bakery in the food barn. The gourmet bakery features a sandwich shop with soups, salads, ice cream and milkshakes, a homemade candy shop with a variety of treats, a coffee shop and a bakery where you can make your own custom candy bar. There’s also a variety of food trucks available.

7. Legacy Lookout

As a newer feature, guests can now enjoy Legacy Lookout. Legacy Lookout features an elevated scenic walkway with 360-degree gorgeous views of the Smoky Mountains and the Parkway 350 feet down below. Guests are able to learn more about the area and the historic farm that the attraction is built on. It reminds me a bit of the scenic SkyTrail at Gatlinburg SkyPark.

8. Buckaroo Playbarn

Also included in the price of admission is the Buckaroo Playbarn. It’s a play structure where kids can climb, slide and play until their hearts are content!

The Wild Stallion Mountain Coaster (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)
The Wild Stallion Mountain Coaster (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

9. Add on experiences

The star of the add-on experiences is the Wild Stallion Mountain Coaster, the longest mountain coaster in the Southeast. It features a 1.25-mile ride that lasts around 8-9 minutes. Riders control their own speed. However, this particular attraction is not included with general admission. If you wish to ride the Wild Stallion you can either bundle your SkyLand Ranch tickets with the mountain coaster (pricing may vary) or purchase a coaster ticket separately. Children must be at least 3 years old and 38″ tall to ride. If the child is less than 54″ tall, they must be accompanied by an adult. The coaster is subject to a weight limit, which during my last visit was 375 pounds.

The attraction also now offers gem mining, a BB shooting range for children ages ten and up (a new seasonal attraction) and a safari hayride which is a covered wagon pulled by John Deere Tractors, where guests can have an up-clsoe look at ranch animals like donkeys, alpacas, longhorns, sheep, goats and more.

Pro-Tip: On this visit, my wristband (issued upon park entrance) had a hidden $2 off mountain coaster coupon on the underside for a return trip to the park. So don’t be too quick to toss those wristbands after you leave.

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Food will cost extra, but be sure to come hungry. This attraction has delicious food, including BBQ, chicken and burgers (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies)

How much does it cost to go to SkyLand Ranch?

At the time of this writing, ticket prices for this attraction are marked as special discounted pricing:

  • General Admission Adult (10 & up): $21.99
  • General Admission Child (3-9): $12.99
  • Mountain Coaster Adult (10 & up): $18.99
  • General Admission/Coaster Combo Adult (10 & up): $33.98
  • General Admission/Coaster Combo Child (3-9): $22.98
  • Safari Hayride with Admission Adult (10 & up) $31.99
  • Safari Hayride with Admission Child (3-9) $24.99

Remember, kids must be at least 3 years old to ride the Wild Stallion. General admission is free for children 2 and under. During Christmastime, the ranch also offers combo tickets that include its Festival of Lights. Visit the website for all of the ticket combinations. Prices mentioned in this article are at the time of this writing and are subject to change. Prices do not include food, drink or souvenirs.

milkshake with candy sticking over the top at skyland ranch
SkyLand also offers fun desserts, including milkshakes that topple over the cup (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)
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Parking, location and more

SkyLand Ranch is at 1620 Parkway in Sevierville, just outside of Pigeon Forge. It is located next to Five Oaks Farm Kitchen across from Tanger Outlets. Parking is free at the base of the mountain. Guests should expect to spend at least 2-3 hours exploring this attraction if they wish to do so at a leisurely pace and enjoy a small meal or a snack once at the top. Although, it could be done in an hour if you’re in a hurry. Several experiences at the attraction are wheelchair accessible. You can save time buy purchasing tickets ahead of time online.

This attraction is owned by Mark and Lisa Williford, who also own the successful Rowdy Bear’s Smoky Mountain Snowpark in Pigeon Forge. The Snowpark offers summer or snow tubing, axe throwing and rides. Have you been to SkyLand Ranch yet? What did you think? Let us know in the comments below.

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2 thoughts on “What It’s Like To Visit Skyland Ranch (With Photos)”

  1. Hi Morgan,

    I liked your article about SkyLand Ranch. You mentioned that the Mountain Coaster was subject to a weight limit of 375 lbs. Is this a ride for one person and he/she can weigh up to 375 or is it for 2 and combined, they would need to weigh less than 376? I am a big guy, about 290. Is there enough room for me on this ride?

    Thanks and take care.

    Mark Christmas
    Bean Station

    Reply
    • Hi Mark – One person can ride it. You may want to double check with the attraction to be sure on the limit if in doubt. It’s no longer listed on the website, but I believe it’s the total. Most area mountain coasters limit it around 350-375.

      Reply

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