Unforgettable Trail Rides in Georgia June 25 2017
Horseback Riding In Ga.: 20+ Unforgettable Trail Rides
What child doesn’t dream of horseback riding? In Ga. there are stables that offer guided trail riding, as well as horseback riding trials where you bring your own horse.
Wondering where is the closest horseback riding near me? Well here are 20+ places to go horseback riding in Ga. Did we miss your favorite? Let us know.
Be sure to call ahead and make an appointment. Although some of these establishments do accept walk-ups, they can serve you better with a reservation.
Horseback Riding in Ga.: 20+ Unforgettable Trail Rides
This rustic outpost in North Georgia has more than just trail rides. For young buck-a-roos they have pony rides too. Often kids love the idea of horse back riding, but when they actually get up on the horse, it can be a different story. Pony rides are a great way to introduce them to horseback riding.
Hell’s Hollow also has fishing, gem mining, a nature trail and Zipline. Note: GPS does not get you to the Outpost. If you plan to go horseback riding in Blue Ridge, Ga., make sure to visit their website and follow the directions there.
For young ones (and maybe not so young ones) will like the rocking horses at Brasstown Valley Stables.
Callihan’s Adventure Trail Rides, Blue Ridge, Ga.
933 Cashes Valley Rd, Cherry Log, GA 30522 | (706) 258-2276
Ride through rivers, trot in the mountains, or just ride through the valley. Picnic rides available as well, something for everyone.
A Step Above Stables, Blairsville, Ga.
696 Mauney Cir, Blairsville, GA 30512 | (706) 745-9051
A Step Above trails go through the beautiful North Georgia Mountains and overlook Lake Nottley. A Step above can accommodate heavier riders too. For the little ones, there are pony rides.
Trackrock Stables, Blairsville, Ga.
202 Trackrock Camp Rd., Blairsville, Ga. 30512 | (706) 745-5252
Bordered on three sides by the Chattahoochee National Forest, Trackrock is an isolated oasis. Guided horseback trail rides are for first-time or skilled riders.
Sunny Farms North, Dahlonega, Ga.
1332 Long Branch Rd, Dahlonega, GA 30533 | (706) 867-9167
Sunny Farms rents horses for unguided trail rides. The horses know the route and the owners know the horses, so you don’t have to be an expert to ride.
Gold City Corral, Dahlonega, Ga.
49 Forrest Hills Rd, Dahlonega, GA 30533 | (706) 867-9395
Take a horseback trail ride during the day and stay for a horse-drawn wagon ride in the evening. Trail rides are for novice to experienced riders.
Georgia Frontiers, Canton, Ga.
545 Ruff White Road, Canton, Ga. 30114 | (678) 234-8852
I love Georgia Frontiers tagline – Where city slickers come to ride. This is probably some of the closest horseback riding in Atlanta. So if you live on the west side of the city, this probably answers your question where is the closest horse riding near me.
Brasstown Valley Stables, Young Harris, Ga.
6321 U.S. 76, Young Harris, GA 30582 | (706) 379-9900
Brasstown Valley Stables, is part of the Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa, however you don’t have to be a guest at the hotel to book a trail ride. Best part about trail rides here; afterwards you can relax those sore muscles at the Brasstown Valley Spa. Learn more about our adventure at Brasstown Valley Stables and nearby Hiawassee Ga.
There are quite a few places to go horseback riding in Helen, Ga. Sunburst Stables offers guided horseback trail riding into the Chattahoochee National Forest. If it were me, I’d book the Moonshine Still ride – it takes you out to an authentic moonshine still in the woods.
Chattahoochee Stables, Helen, Ga.
2180 GA-17, Sautee Nacoochee, GA 30571 | (706) 878-7000
One of the few horseback riding places we’ve seen with no age limit. Kids under 5yo can ride with an adult! Take an hour guided trail ride, including 1.5 miles of horseback riding trials along the river (the only “river ride” around!) Trips go out every hour.
Lake Lanier Equestrian Center, Buford, Ga.
7000 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford, Ga. 30518 \ (770) 945-8787
In addition to trail rides, Lake Lanier Stables also has pony rides and summer camp. You can also bring your own horse along.
Barnesley Resort, Adairsville, Ga.
597 Barnsley Gardens Rd, Adairsville, GA 30103 | (770) 773-7480
Ride through the open fields of Barnsley Resorts 3,000 acres. For younger children, they also offer cowboy activities like horse painting in the corral.
Southern Cross Guest Ranch, horseback riding Madison, Ga.
I don’t just want to know where is the closest horseback riding near me, I also want to know where is the best. Southern Cross Guest ranch is one of my favorites, probably because there are so many horses, and in addition to riding, you also visit the tack room to pick out your saddle and help to brush your horse down before and after your trail ride. You can also stay overnight – a perfect dude ranch in Georgia.
Serenbe Trail Riding, Chattahoochee Hills, Ga.
10950 Hutchesons Ferry Rd, Palmetto, GA 30268 | (678) 333-2989
Ride through the rolling hills of Chattahoochee Hill Country. Guide Ashley Thomas has been riding and working with horses since she was a little girl.
Coastal Horseback Riding in Ga.
Sea Island Stables, Sea Island Ga.
150 Frederica Rd, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522 | (912) 434-4760
There is something special about a morning horseback ride on the beach. Sea Island stables has beach rides, as well as wooded trail rides.
Three Oaks Farm, Jekyll Island, Ga.
Clam Creek Road, Jekyll Island, Ga. | (912) 635-9500
Take a horseback ride along hauntingly beautiful driftwood beach on Jekyll Island. The grey wind-swept trees are a perfect backdrop for horseback riding.
Blanche Manor, Copperhill, Tenn.
160 Blanche Manor Lane, Copperhill, TN 37317 | (706) 455-7433
This trail riding stable isn’t in Georgia, but it is just over the line in Tennessee, so I went ahead and added it. Rides are on private wooded trails with stream crossings and views of Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee.
Horseback Riding in Ga. State Parks
Roosevelt Riding Stables, Pine Mountain, Ga.
1063 Group Camp Rd, Pine Mountain, GA 31822 | (706) 628-7463
For Pine Mountain horseback riding, look no further than Roosevelt Stables. Roosevelt Stables offers 28 miles of horse trail riding near FDR State Park. In addition to guided trail rides, you can bring your own horse and ride. Note: GPS directions will not get you to the stables, so visit the website.
Horseback Riding at Ga. State Parks – Bring Your Own Horse
The following Georgia State Parks have horseback riding trails, and horse facilities, but they do not offer guided trail rides, and you have to bring your own horse.
Fort Mountain Stables, Chatsworth, Ga.
548 Cliffmine Rd, Chatsworth, GA 30705 | (706) 429-5075
In addition to trail rides through the woods, Fort Mountain Stables also offers over night guided camping trips to get the flavor of being a real cowboy or girl sleeping under the stars.
A.H. Stephens State Park, Crawfordsville, Ga.
456 Alexander Street NW, Crawfordville, GA 30631 | (706) 456-2602
If you want to go horseback riding in Augusta, Ga., A.H. Stephens Park is perfect. In 2016, they added 20 new horse stalls bringing their total to 30. There is 21 miles of horse trails and 20 equestrian campsites and four cottages.
General Coffee State Park, Nicholls, Ga.
46 John Coffee Road, Nicholls, GA 31554 | (912) 384-7082
For horse lovers, the park offers 13.4 miles of equestrian trails. There are ride-in campsites, as well as drive-in sites. However, this park does not have stables.
Hard Labor Creek State Park, Rutledge, Ga.
5 Hard Labor Creek Road, Rutledge, GA 30663 | (912) 384-7082
Horse owners even have their own private camping area near stalls at Hard Labor Creek State Park. There is a 22-mile trail (open to hikers weekdays only); stalls; riding ring; and equestrian camping, as well as 30 horse stables.
Watson Mill Bridge State Park, Comer, Ga.
650 Watson Mill Road, Comer, GA 30629 | (706) 783-5349
Just outside Athens, Ga., Watson Mill has 14 miles of trails, 11 horse campground sites, and 22 horse stables, as well as a pretty darn cool covered bridge.
More Resources for Horseback Riding in Ga. w/your horse
Here are two more sites that will give you additional places to go horseback riding in Ga. with your own horse, as well as horse camping.
What to Know Before You Go Horseback Riding in Ga.
Before you book a horseback riding adventure, here are a few things you should know –
Call ahead. Some of the horseback riding establishments listed above will take walk ups, but why chance it. Plus, they can better serve you and your group if they know you are coming.
Ask About Ages. Often horseback riding companies have age restrictions. A few will let your child ride with an adult. Ask before you go as everyone is different.
Know Your Child. Even if your child is old enough to go horseback riding, think about whether it will be too much for them. We went riding at Brasstown Valley and a little girl was there for her birthday. You could tell it was something she had been talking and dreaming about forever, but when she got way up on the horse, she was terrified. The barn manager did a great job calming her fears, but I think this happens quite a bit – so be prepared.
Ask about Weight. All the horseback riding establishments will have a weight limit, I saw 220 for a few places, others were a bit higher. Make sure you ask before you go. You don’t want to get there an not have a horse you can ride.
Look for Directions on the website. Several horseback riding stables noted that GPS would not get you to their barn. Be sure before you head out to get directions directly from the stables site vs. relying on GPS.
Tip Your Guide. Most horseback riding guides work on tips, so be sure to bring a little extra for them.
Thank you to 365 Atlanta Family for this post.
Written by: Sue Rodman
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