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A Tennessee Safari?

Updated on October 8, 2013
Oh, give me a home . . . where the buffalo roam . . .
Oh, give me a home . . . where the buffalo roam . . . | Source
Isn't he beautiful?
Isn't he beautiful? | Source
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Travel to Tennessee and go on a safari? It's true. Tennessee is known for breathtaking mountains, Elvis, the country music capital of Nashville and so much more but I never knew that you could go on safari there.

Briarwood Ranch Safari Park is located in Bybee, TN, 7 miles off Interstate 81 near Morristown. It is about an hour east of Knoxville and an hour east of Pigeon Forge.

The safari may be taken in your own vehicle or (by reservation) on a wagon ride. The four mile road is rough in spots but easily accessible in any enclosed vehicle. Buckets of feed (about two-quart size) may be purchased to feed the animals on the trail or you can opt just to observe.

There are picnic areas with grills available, a gift shop and petting zoo.

A wide variety (about 65 different species) of animals may be observed at Briarwood, including: zebra, deer, elk, buffalo, pig, peacock, alpaca, llama, emu, ostrich and many others.

As you slowly drive down the road, watch for the animals. You may stop when you encounter one and per instructions when starting out, feed the animal at hand. Some of them are VERY eager so be prepared. We had buffalo and zebra heads poking in our vehicle. They were quite persistent. Some animals can be fed from a flat, open hand; others require food being dropped on their tongue; some eat from the bucket and others from food scattered on the ground. Be warned that you will probably end up with quite a bit of feed in your car and animal slobber on the side.

Briarwood Safari is great for animal lovers and those who typically like petting zoos - getting "up close and personal" with wildlife.

Ron, the owner, was very friendly and eager to show off his animals. I'm looking forward to a return trip.

Check out those horns.
Check out those horns. | Source

Where is it?

A marker255 Briar Thicket Rd., Morristown, TN -
Morristown, TN, USA
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    Cindy A. Johnson 5 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    So sorry you didn't have a good time.

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    tennsox 5 years ago

    I decided to go...I was disappointed to say the least. Animals caused significant damage to my car and were covered in flies. Glad some of you had a better experience than me.

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    Cindy A. Johnson 6 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    Thanks, Gypsy. I hope you get to come back soon!

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    Gypsy Rose Lee 6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

    Love those pics. Super hub. Sounds like lots of fun and I sure love animals. If I get back state side will have to go to Tenessee.

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    Cindy A. Johnson 6 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    I highly recommend it, Tamarajo. Thanks for stopping by!

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    Tamarajo 6 years ago

    Tennessee is one of my most favorite places to visit. I will for sure have to check this spot out next time we go there.

    Thanks for sharing.

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    Cindy A. Johnson 6 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    Thanks, Ktrapp. I'm working on my titles. It was a really fun experience. I highly recommend it.

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    Kristin Trapp 6 years ago from Illinois

    The title caught my attention - who would have thought you could go on a "safari" in Tennessee. That must have been amazing being literally up close to a buffalo and zebra. How awesome.

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    Cindy A. Johnson 6 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    I appreciate your comments, GClark & Beata! I love my Tennessee!

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    GClark 6 years ago from United States

    Interesting hub - voted up. Never would have thought about a safari in the USA. Thanks for sharing. GClark

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    Beata Stasak 6 years ago from Western Australia

    Thanks for inviting me on your travels to Tenessee, new and exciting place to see through someone's else eyes:)

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    Cindy A. Johnson 6 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    Thanks, Donna, Paradise & RTalloni. It is definitely worth the trip if you're an animal lover.

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    Donna Cosmato 6 years ago from USA

    This sounds so cool, but I would never have dreamed that you could go "on safari" in the USA! Thanks for sharing this; I've put it on our list of "maybe someday family vacations" and voted it up.

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    Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

    Very cool. Didn't know Tennessee had this.

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    RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

    Thanks very much for sharing this information. Briarwood sounds like a day trip to plan to make!