Miles above the ordinary.

The East's premier ranch resort, since 1933.

  • 4,800 ft in Elevation

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  • 12 Miles of Private Trails

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  • 700 Acres

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  • 39 Miles from Asheville, NC

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Perched on a mountaintop in the Smokies, Cataloochee Ranch is a Relais & Châteaux resort that mixes classic ranch fun with exceptional accommodations and cuisine.
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Kick off your boots and stay awhile.

A stunning mountain setting and the comfort of newly restored rooms and cabins.


Founded almost a hundred years ago by the Alexander family, Cataloochee Ranch has been a favorite mountain getaway for generations of high country adventurers. Spread across hundreds of acres along the southeastern border of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the property’s breathtaking elevation, open balds, and long range views are complemented by classic comforts, perfectly rustic cuisine, humble hospitality and hands-on, expert-led activities.


Cataloochee has been reconnecting families and friends to each other and to the wild natural beauty of the Smokies for generations. From hiking to horseback riding to hanging out under the stars, unplug on the ranch with our unforgettable experiences.

Ranch cuisine reimagined

A far cry from the classic western chuckwagon, Chef Jeb Aldrich’s High Country fare elevates ranch favorites like steaks, chops and fish with refined techniques that balance flavor and finesse.

cataloochee ranch trail ride
close up shot of cataloochee ranch horses