KELLETVILLE, Pa. – The Flying W Ranch resides in Forest County, but it’s definitely close enough and unique enough to be featured in our latest edition of touring Warren County.
Nestled off of Route 666 about 15 miles from Tionesta, the Flying W Ranch has something for everybody, whether you want to take a horseback trail ride through their beautiful open terrain and wooded areas, rent a cabin or campsite, enjoy food and a refreshing drink at the Longhorn Saloon or go on a Wellness retreat (which is for five days and four nights).
And this Thursday through Saturday (July 29-31) they will play host to the 41st annual Allegheny Mountain Mt. Championship Rodeo. The rodeo will begin at 8 p.m. every night and will go rain or shine. Tickets for children ages 3-11 are $10, either advanced or at the gate, while adult tickets are $22 advanced and $25 at the gate.
Different riders will appear each night. It’s a truly unique spectacle for those who are going for the first time or who have been attending for years. The rodeo will feature bareback and saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, women’s barrell riding, bull riding, team roping, tie down roping and speciality acts. There will be plenty of concessions and vendors, as well as musical entertainment.
And it’s just another way for the ranch to show off.
You may be wondering what the ‘W’ in Flying W stands for. It’s simple, really, as the ranch is owned and operated by the Weller family, including Ronnie Weller and his wife, Joyce.
It offers a western ranch type feel right in the heart of Northwestern Pennsylvania.
Horseback riding is what many people associate with the ranch. As someone who has taken a trail ride at the Flying W, I can say it’s well worth the price of admission (which is $30 for an hourly trail ride per person, or $10 if you bring your own horse on the weekends). There are one, two, and three-hour rides available. Weekdays or private rides are by reservation only and are $40 dollars per person. The staff encourages reservations for weekend rides as well.
The wranglers are very friendly, leading the way and offering assistance whenever necessary.
If camping is more your thing, the ranch has both seasonal cabins and campsite rentals. The campsite is a spacious area that also allows for pets. You can bring your camper or simply pitch a tent.
There are both cottages (two-bedroom, one-bathroom) and lodge (four-bedroom, two-bathroom) available. The cottages are $125 per night (for four people and $25 for each additional person) and the lodge is $300 per night ($50 for each additional person). It’s the perfect weekend getaway for anyone living in the area or just coming to visit.
And while you’re there, be sure to stop by the Longhorn Saloon, which is open from 4-9 p.m. on Friday, 12-9 p.m. on Saturday and 12-6 p.m. on Saturday. The Saloon is on par with the rest of the ranch as it offers a true Western feel. It includes a menu that has a wide range of appetizers, burger and sandwich platters, salads, pizza and entrees. They also have a kids’ menu and a large selection of beverages for both kids and adults.
Also, be sure and check out the gift shop, which has plenty of apparel and selections, whether you’re buying for a family member or friend or looking to commemorate your experience.
So whether you’re just coming for the afternoon or plan on making a vacation out of it, the Flying W Ranch is a great place to come visit and enjoy.
NOTE: This is the sixth in a summer series of Touring Warren County, highlighting some of the unique places to visit in our area. Places you think we should feature? Email us at [email protected]