July 22, 2018
New Tack Shop in Townsend, TN
Nestled in the foothills next to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, on the “quiet side,” might seem an unlikely place to find a tack shop, among the souvenir shops and tubing suppliers that line Hwy. 321 in Townsend, TN. But the location is strategic as a supplier for the thousands of folks who come to ride their horses over the 550 miles of trails in the Park.
Mountain Trails Tack and Feed opened in June this year, owned by Dennis and Billi Dickens, avid trail riders themselves. Since then, business has been booming because “every time you go somewhere, you usually forget something. So if you forgot something, you can get it here,” Dennis says. He also finds it very convenient to own a business that is both near his home and near the trails he rides frequently. He lives just three miles from his store and “I can be on the trails in about 15 minutes after I leave work.” He had just ridden the trails in Cades Cove the day before I interviewed him. Rich Mountain and Tremont are two of his other favorite trail riding places in the Park.
The store specializes in Henry Miller Amish made saddles and bridles, popular among trail riders. They are renowned for their high quality and comfort, all hand-built one at a time. There are four saddle styles, each built on a different tree, and all built to suit the gaited horse.
Mountain Trails Tack and Feed is sponsoring a trail ride on October 25, starting at 9 a.m. Following the ride, there will be dinner at 6 p.m. and music from the Jeff Joplin band. All the day’s activities have a Halloween theme, so come prepared! For more information, contact Dennis Dickens at Mountain Trails Tack and Feed: 865-268-5294. Shop the store at 7623 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy., Townsend, TN 37882
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