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Come visit Western North Carolina's Premier Cattle Ranch and explore the beautiful Nantahala Mountain region of the Smoky Mountains. Read more.

Farm Tours

30 Minute Tour
90 Minute Educational Tour
Lunch available with reservations

Discover a working cattle farm in the mountains of Western North Carolina at Walnut Hollow Ranch. The 30 minute tour is great for families with younger children. You will see the momma cows and their baby calves at certain times of the year. The kids can also see Boogie The Horse and JV The Donkey. The kids can climb on hay bales and the John Deere tractor for a photo.
The educational tour begins at the entrance of the farm store of the main buildng. The importance and management of productive pastures will be explained as you stroll down the concrete drive. The ranch manages the pastures with a rotational grazing system, so keep your eyes out for the herd.

The educational tour offers the view of the breeding and handling building, Charlie will demonstrate how cows are artificially bred and explain why certain genetics are chosen. The health and growth of the cattle are examined in a safe, humane handling system.

There are many photo opportunities, especially seeing the kids with the farm tractors and equipment. Around the corner are other feed, material and hay sheds. Charlie wants visitors to experience the sights and smells of the farm while discussing the cattle nutrient requirements. Discover how the ranch manages beef production. In addition, you will see many conservation practices used to protect the farms resources, water quality and environment. The tour will end in the farm store where you will learn about the healthful benefits of our wholesome beef. Traveling a distance, no problem, we’ll ship or safely pack your order!

Buses, RV’s and pets are welcome. Lodging, hook-ups and a picnic area are available with plenty of parking. Walnut Hollow Ranch Trail Vacation Stables offers pasture board for your horses, located close to hundreds of miles of awesome mountain horseback riding.

30 Minute Tour: $25 per car
90 Minute Educational Tour: $60 per car
Inquire about Lunch or Dinner Tours (minimum 6 guests in advance)
Large group rates and restroom offered


Karen said... March 30, 2019 Thanks for the wonderful tour. you are very knowledgeable and you make the tour simple and easy to understand . I was very impressed! I definitely will be back soon! making burgers tonight with the meat you gave us.

Robert said... July 25, 2018 Charlie was great to listen to!!! I learned a ton! A moovelous experience!!! I’d highly recommend it

Wendy said... June 2, 2018 We took a great tour of Walnut Hollow Ranch. Charlie was very informative and walked us through his system for reproduction of his beef cows. He has a great store on-site where you can purchase beef from his herd, it has all been processed and packaged. We met his cows, donkeys, goats and horse too. It's a great family outing offering beautiful views and learning about beef cattle. I highly recommend calling Charlie and taking a tour. The farm is dog friendly too so we brought our dog on a leash and she enjoyed the tour as well.

Tracy said... August 15, 2017
Had the opportunity recently to have lunch and go on a farm tour of this Angus Beef ranch. The location is stunningly beautiful, the beef was delicious, and the owner Charlie was a wealth of information. He took time to explain a lot about the process of raising the cattle and how his farm has adopted dozens of conservation techniques and earned animal welfare approval. It was fun and educational - bet its a great place to stay as well.

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