If you love riding horses or its something new you’d like to try, there are some truly beautiful places to visit across the country. Whether you’re an equestrian enthusiast or a beginner, horseback riding is not only a great hobby but also offers health benefits, physically and mentally. The fall is a great time to to get away, enjoy nature and ride horses. Here are 5 trips for those looking for horseback riding opportunities.
1Lakeview Plantation Equestrian Escapes
Located in Fairfax, South Carolina, Lakeview Plantation offers over 3,000 private acres for riding. While you’re there, they offer lodge room for rent or a full-service RV site. Catered meals are available. By staying in a cabin or bringing your own living-quarters rig and hooking up, you can get a change of scenery and fresh trails to ride without going fully primitive camping. Bring your own horse and enjoy some time away so that you can kick back and relax. For more information, visit lakeviewplantation.com or call (803) 584-0689.
2Ben’s Happy Trails Riding Stable and Campground
Ben’s Happy Trails Riding Stable and Campground is located in Otway, OH, and they offer events as well as the perfect venue for family vacations, reunions, close to home travel destinations, and plenty of adventure for a really reasonable rate. Schedule your visit over a weekend featuring a pig roast or an event sponsored by the American Competitive Trail Horse Association and you can have a lot of unique fun with your family on your getaway.
Whether it’s Grandma and Grandpa taking the kids for a long weekend trip or a lengthy family road trip or a large family reunion, kid-friendly vacations involving horses can be fun for the entire group. And they don’t have to cost a fortune. Non-horse activities are often easily accessible to keep the non-riders busy, too. Bring your own or rent one of theirs and enjoy your trip. For more information, visit benshappytrails.com or call (740) 372-2702.
3Turkey Creek Cove Cabins & Horse Camp
Located in Clyde, North Carolina, Turkey Creek Cove features the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains with a cozy, fully equipped log cabin as your base, while also offering a unique getaway from the everyday. Surrounded by mountains, trees, birds and the sound of rushing water, Turkey Creek Cove is the epitome of peace and relaxation. Outdoor recreation abounds in the Clyde area!
Enjoy the property’s walking trails or head out to explore the Appalachian Trail and Buckeye Ridge Hiking Trail. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Shook Museum is a must-see. Discover the way Americans lived in the 19th century just 24 minutes away. Enjoy a leisurely horseback ride with Panthercreek Outfitters 20 minutes away, take a ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway and, if you’re in town in Autumn, be sure to visit the pumpkin-picking farm and corn maze at Eliada’s Fields of Fun in Asheville just 50 minutes away. For more information, visit https://www.vrbo.com/7531120ha or call (770) 862-4833.
4RS Ranch Gaited Getaways
Ride one of the ranch’s Missouri Fox Trotters or bring your own horse to help out on a 500-acre ranch that still uses draft horses to perform heavy work in Bourbon, Missouri. This unique getaway lets you learn a little about living on a ranch while getting away from your everyday life. Learn a little and enjoy your time away by helping real ranch hands drive and sort cattle, plus perform other ranch chores.
If you’ve always wanted to cowboy up, here’s your chance to try your hand at traditional ranch chores. For more information, visit https://rsranchrides.com/ or call (573) 732-4590.
5Whispering Woods Trail
Located in Georgetown, KY, Whispering Woods Trail offers a range and over 250 acres of riding fun for you and your family. They have 24 beautiful horses available for rent or bring your own to enjoy the trails and a fun getaway from home. For your convenience, they also have a Pavilion with Picnic Tables, a Petting Zoo, Playground, and a Small Tack Shop.
Whispering Woods Riding Stables offers you the opportunity to experience Kentucky’s beauty in the most natural way…by horseback! Their trails are heavily wooded and have hills, creek crossings, lots of beautiful hardwood trees, and abundant wildlife. Deer, Fox, Raccoon, Skunks and Wild Turkeys are often spotted here. The trails are suitable for beginners but also challenging enough to be interesting for more experienced riders. It’s almost as if, for a while, you’ve stepped back in time to rediscover the natural beauty that surrounds you. But for those of you seeking a more adventurous ride, you can pick up the pace on sections of the trail where it’s safe to do so. For more information, visit http://whisperingwoodstrails.com/ or call (502) 570 – 9663.
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