About Cherokee Hills

Cherokee Hills Ranch is a 1200 acre cattle ranch that sits just off Route 119 on the TN/KY state line. 

We purchased Cherokee Hills Ranch in June 2006. We have areas for primitive camping, bring your campers and stay the weekend! We also have horseback riding, and hang out afterwards at the outside beer pavilion. Please contact us with any questions, or stop on by!

- Jack and Janet Lyons

Bikers Welcome!   all clubs must be respected



We offer guided trailrides, lessons, boarding, as well as breeding and training of quality ranch horses and mules.



Host to many family friendly equine events including the annual Kelso Chuckwagon Races, educational clinics, and group activities, the ranch also features grass-fed Brangus cattle and free-range meat goats.

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The excellent on-site restaurant, sports bar with outdoor beer garden, trading post and plentiful primitive camping make it a great venue for events.

Restaurant & Beer Garden

We have an Outside Beer Pavilion which features entertainment during the summer months. We also have a
new indoor sports bar, with shuffleboard, pool tables, and a restaurant for all to enjoy some delicious meals!
We have a full menu, including great ribeye, T bone steaks, and lake caught catfish. Check out our menu below!

Ask about our daily Lunch & Dinner Specials


Events & Live Entertainment!

We have a ton of Horse events, and live entertainment every weekend at Cherokee HIlls! Hover over our calendar dates to see what's coming up! Click on the event for more info.

Trading Post

Come visit our trading post and see what we have for sale! We have lots of items including:

Boat Parts • Pet Supplies • Construction materials • furniture  • ETC



Mailing Address:  301 Cherokee Hills Dr, Buchanan, TN38222

Arena Address:  2149 Billie Branch Rd, New Concord, KY42076

Directions from Kentucky

  • Take 121 S out of Murray, KY
  • Turn right on Billie Branch Rd. just past Gary’s Market and just before the KY/TN state line (Large sign for ranch, LED sign for steakhouse and bar)
  • Entrance is on left (you can’t miss the sign)

Directions from Tennessee:

  • Take 119 from Hwy 79 at the Paris Landing State Park overpass
  • Turn left on Billie Branch Rd. just across the KY/TN state line (Large sign for ranch, LED sign for steak house and bar) Entrance is on left (you can’t miss the sign)

Unless otherwise noted, check-in is in restaurant.

Nearby Accommodations

For those needing full hook-ups there are several nearby campgrounds.  


    Cypress Bay Resort -110 Cypress Resort Loop, Buchanan, TN38222 731-232-8221 (2.8 miles)             cabins, no equines

    Moody Rentals-Hwy 119 Buchanan, TN38222 731-336-0435 or 731-642-4445 (4.3 miles on left             towards Paris Landing) RV hook-ups, no equines

    Paris Landing State Park-Hwy 119 and Hwy 79 Buchanan, TN38222 731-641-4465 (4.8 miles on             left at intersection) Hotel, RV hook-ups, Cabins, dump station, no equines

    Little Eagle RV Park and Supplies-14652 US-79 Buchanan, TN38222 731-642-4669 (6.6 miles             toward Paris, TN) RV hook-ups parts, repair, supplies, no equines

    Fishtale Lodge-14275 US-79, Buchanan, TN38222 731-642-7113 (7 miles towards Paris, TN)             motel, cabins, no equines

    Paris Landing/Kentucky Lake KOA- 6290 E Antioch Rd, Buchanan, TN38222 731-642-6895 (8.8             miles towards Paris, TN) RV hook-ups, cabins, amenities, no equines



    Cypress Springs Resort-2740 Cypress Trail, New Concord, KY42076 270-436-5496 (2.7 miles)             motel, no equines

    Lakeview Cottages & Marina-165 Lakeview Cabins Dr, New Concord, KY42076 (5.7 miles)             cabins, no equines

    Missing Hill Resort-234 Dockway Lane, New Concord, KY42076 270-436-5519 (5.8 miles) cabins,         no equines


Camping, trail rides and ranch info

Primitive camping is plentiful with seasonal shower houses and restrooms.  Rates are $15/night with     special event rates often available.  No reservations are necessary, but in case of inclement     weather, calling ahead is recommended.

Very limited stalls and pens are available for rent on a first come/first serve basis.  Bring your own     buckets.  Call ahead for hay availability.  Most stalls and pens can accommodate two or more     equines depending on size and disposition.  Rates are $15/night.  Stallions MUST be kept in     trailers unless in hand or hitched/under saddle.  Please take the heat into consideration. Tying     or using portable pens is encouraged. 

Negative 12-month Coggins required and will be checked!

Cherokee Hills Ranch provides 1200 acres of working cattle ranch to trail ride.  The only areas off limits to trail riders are fenced areas containing horses unless otherwise marked.  Accessible areas include open cattle pasture and varied wooded terrain.  Some trails are cleared, but riders are welcome to trail-blaze.  Questions about property boundaries should be directed to the main office.  Please pack out what you pack in.  Be cautious when riding off-trail and look for rubbish, downed fences, and deteriorated structures as this is an old private ranch that has passed through multiple hands over the years.  Avoid old logged over swampy areas, as downed trees in the overgrowth can make the ground appear more solid than it is.  Please respect the livestock, especially during calving and breeding season.  Our cattle are worked largely from horseback and so tend to respect the space of a mounted rider, however, they are large animals and not pets.  Never attempt to feed or pet adults or calves.  Do not harass the cattle.  Working cattle in the fields is prohibited except by ranch staff.  If a gate is closed, close it.  If a gate is open, leave it open.  If you see something out of place, report it to management, do not attempt to remedy a situation on your own.  You can ride for a couple of days and not have to cross your own path, so enjoy this resource at your leisure.  


Dining & Entertainment

There is a restaurant on-site available for lunch and supper (usually 11am to 8pm or later with some variation in the winter) with breakfast served on Sundays from 8am – 1pm.  For those who enjoy stiffer drinks, a sports bar with shuffleboard, pool table, and darts is available as well as an outdoor seasonal “Beer Garden” bar with stage and umbrella seating is popular with bikers, wagons, and horses alike. No hard liquor or mixed drinks. All parties are to be respectful.  During warm weather live bands entertain every Saturday and karaoke or bands will be featured on Fridays, also.  A menu and entertainment schedule can be found on our website.


The Trading Post is open 7 days a week where you’ll find antiques, nick-nacks, building and plumbing supplies, pet and equine supplies, tack, boats and parts, and all manner of goods.  Jack loves to make a deal!