Horses in hog heaven at improved Smokies stables

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) - The two busiest riding stables in Great Smoky Mountains National Park have a new look this summer.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that the Cades Cove and Sugarlands stables both have new barns under terms of their concession contracts.

At Cades Cove, the new barn is built of lumber from recycled telephone poles. There's also a new fencing system to keep the horses farther away from Abrams Creek to help protect water quality.

The new barn at Sugarlands is the first permanent horse barn built in the Smokies since the park began offering horseback riding services in the 1960s.

The barn has custom-designed stalls for easier cleanup and an automatic water system that enables the horses to drink anytime.

The Smokies has four riding stables in all.

Information from: The Knoxville News Sentinel,

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