In Georgia, there are stables that offer guided trail riding, as well as horseback riding trails where you bring your own horse. Are you wondering, “Where is the closest horseback riding near me?”
Well here are 19+ places to go horseback riding in Georgia!
Blue Ridge is majestic, and we encourage you to hike the trails regularly. However, if you want to cover more terrain, see unique and special landscapes and experience something new…a horseback riding adventure is the answer.
While each of the locations in the area offer multiple ways to enjoy the horses, here are our favorite unique Blue Ridge horseback riding experiences to incorporate into your next visit.
NORTH GEORGIA HORSEBACK RIDING NEAR ME
BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN TRAIL RIDES (BLUE RIDGE)
They offer trail rides from beginner to expert, pony rides, pony-go-round, riding lessons, sunset & custom rides, special packages, birthday parties, summer camps and more.
Ages: 7 and up.
APPALACHIAN TRAIL RIDES AT S&T STABLES (MINERAL BLUFF)
Enjoy a trail ride in the Appalachian Mountains with a visit to Appalachian Trail Rides at S&T Stables. This 250 acre privately owned mountainous farm features a large stable facility, pasture, scenic trails, private lakes, and creeks in a serene setting.
Couples and families can enjoy a true cowboy experience with their Dinner Ride -- after an hour trail ride, you'll dismount and enjoy a delicious meal around a campfire and live music!
They also offer 1- and 2-hour trail rides, a private ride, group rides, a proposal ride package, and pony rides for the young ones in your group.
Ages: 6+; must be 8+ for 2-hour ride; 5 and under for pony rides.
TRACKROCK STABLES (BLAIRSVILLE)
Guided horseback trail rides are for first-time or skilled riders. Trotting and cantering are allowed during the 2-hour ride. One-hour rides are also available.
In addition to horseback riding, you'll also find fishing, hiking, hayrides, two large playgrounds, a game room, horseshoes, volleyball, corn hole and yard games, and more! They also have cabins and camping!
Ages: The minimum age is 5 years old for a 1 hour trail ride and 10 years old for a 2 hour trail ride.
SUNNY FARMS NORTH (DAHLONEGA)
Sunny Farms North in Dahlonega 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! You'll take a scenic trail ride on the property, and have a great time.
They're open on the weekends, but call before you come.
Ages: All ages welcome. Riders under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
GOLD CITY CORRAL AND CARRIAGE COMPANY (DAHLONEGA)
Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Dahlonega, Gold City Corral offers horseback trail rides, carriage rides, dinner wagon rides, hay rides, and more.
A fun offering here is their "Chuck Wagon Dinners," which is a scenic, horse-drawn wagon ride that takes you to a cookout!
Perfect for all skill levels, Gold City Coral has rides for experienced riders and newbies. Riding lessons for beginners are included before a ride. Private guided rides are offered here too.
Ages: Any age for hay rides, chuck wagon dinners, and carriage rides. 8+ for trail rides.
Located in Canton, Georgia Frontiers is probably some of the closest horseback riding in the Atlanta area. They offer 1-, 1.5-, and 2-hour trail rides for all experience levels. The shorter rides are geared more toward beginners, with the longer rides offering more for those looking for horseback riding thrills.
They operate daily, reservations are required.
Ages: Must be 9+.
BRASSTOWN VALLEY STABLES (YOUNG HARRIS)
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.
They offer 1- and 2-hour guided mountain trail rides for all experience levels. Their five miles of trails feature open fields, forests, and trout streams. For guests under the age of 6, they offer hand-led horseback rides around their riding ring.
Ages: 7+ for trail rides
SUNBURT STABLES (HELEN)
Horseback rides are suitable for any experience level, and riders seven years and older ride on their own horse. Ride options also include mountain rides, lunch rides and sunset rides. Get the whole family involved with their Family Adventure ride, or take a horseback ride out to an authentic moonshine still in the woods.
They offer 1- and 2-hour rides. You'll also find zip lines, boating tours, and ATV tours too.
CHATTAHOOCHEE STABLES (HELEN)
Take a guided horseback ride through the Sautee Valley at Chattahoochee Stables in Helen.
They offer an hour-long guided trail ride, including 1.5 miles of horseback riding trails along the river (the only “river ride” around)!
BARNSLEY RESORT (ADAIRSVILLE)
Ride through the open fields of Barnsley Resort's 3,000 acres on horseback!
An experienced trail guide will lead you and other guests on horseback as you take in all the natural beauty the resort offers. For younger guests, Barnesley Resort lets the kids gently apply non-toxic paints to a gentle horse or goat for a fun, interactive experience.
Ages: 11+ for trail rides
SOUTHERN CROSS GUEST RANCH (MADISON)
Southern Cross Guest Ranch is where you'll find a hands-on horseback riding program, a peaceful setting, a beautiful bed and breakfast, and over 150 horses!
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.
They serve buffet meals three times a day, offer a seasonal heated pool for overnight guests, and so much more. You don't have to be an overnight guest to participate in the trail rides, but you'll want to stay. We loved our stay, and you can read all about it here: Southern Cross Ranch: This Genuine Dude Ranch in Georgia Is Beckoning.
Ages: 4+ to come to the ranch, 7 and under must ride with an adult, 8+ to ride on their own.
SERENBE TRAIL RIDING (CHATTAHOOCHEE HILLS)
Ride through the rolling hills of Serenbe on horseback, and see why this place is so magical with Serenbe Trail Riding. Perfect for all skill levels, they offer gentle horses and experienced guides.
They have three packages to choose from -- a 1-hour ride, a picnic trail ride, and a proposal package for those who want to pop the question on horseback.
COHUTTA STABLES (BLUE RIDGE)
For more experienced horseback riders, this place is perfect!
North Georgia Equestrian Tours at Cohutta Stables offers half-day and full-day trail rides into the Cohutta Wildlife Management Area if you have previous riding experience. You’re expected to mount, dismount and control your horses on your own; if you can’t do that confidently, you might opt for a personal horseback riding lesson instead.
A private guide will lead you and your group along 13 miles of beautiful landscape. A picnic lunch is included in all day ride.
BLANCHE MANOR (COPPERHILL, TN)
Blanche Manor, just 15 minutes over the Georgia state line in Copperhill, TN, offers rides on private wooded trails with stream crossings and views of Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee. Perfect for all skill levels, they offer 1.5-, and 2-hour rides, private rides, sunset rides, proposal packages, and pony rides for little ones!
They even offer a City Slicker Special for those of you who have always wanted to be a real cowboy! They'll teach you some cowboy and ranch events -- like barrel racing and cattle roping!
Ages: 6+ for trail rides, 5 and under for pony rides
GEORGIA C0ASTAL HORSEBACK RIDING
SEA ISLAND STABLES (SEA ISLAND)
Sea Island Stables has beach rides, as well as wooded trail rides. Their training facility also offer equestrian instruction, and a Saddle-Up Horsemanship Clinic.
THREE OAKS FARM (JEKYLL ISLAND)
The farm offers 1-, 1.5-, and 2-hour beach rides, moonlit rides, sunset rides, and a combo beach and forest ride.
HORSEBACK RIDING IN GEORGIA STATE PARKS
ROOSEVELT RIDING STABLES (FDR STATE PARK)
At Roosevelt Stables, you have many different guided trail rides to choose from. The Creek Trail, Mountain Overlook Trail, Coyote Trail, or Wagon Train Trail are just some of the choices. Primitive horse camping is also available.
Note: GPS directions will not get you to the stables, so visit the website.
HORSEBACK RIDING IN GEORGIA STATE PARKS - BRING YOUR OWN HORSE
FORT MOUNTAIN STABLES (FORT MOUNTAIN STATE PARK)
More than 25 miles of horse trails offer loop rides that vary from 3 to 16 miles at Fort Mountain Stables in Chatsworth, GA. You can choose to take a trail through forests, along cliffs, past waterfalls, or maybe even see abandoned mining equipment.
Riders must register at the stables, and horse watering stations are provided at 2-mile intervals.
A.H. STEPHENS STATE PARK (CRAWFORDSVILLE)
If you want to go horseback riding, A.H. Stephens State Park is perfect. Horseback riders can explore 21 miles of trails and stay overnight in their own campground.
GENERAL COFFEE STATE PARK (NICHOLLS)
General Coffee State Park offers 13.4 miles of equestrian trails. Horseback riders will experience every type of habitat on their loop ride here. The areas you'll pass through are perfect for spotting wildlife like the whitetail deer, or wild turkey.
There are ride-in campsites, as well as drive-in sites. This park doesn't have stables. A small fee is required.
HARD LABOR CREEK STATE PARK (RUTLEDGE)
With 22 miles of trails, campsites, and stables -- Hard Labor Creek State Park is a horse lover's paradise.
Horse owners 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, a riding ring, equestrian camping, and 30 horse stables.
WATSON MILL BRIDGE STATE PARK (COMER)
Just outside of Athens, Watson Mill Bridge State Park has 14 miles of trails, 11 equestrian campground sites, and 22 horse stables.
The terrain here is not too steep, and you'll be traveling through forests and along creeks. You'll enjoy checking out the wildlife along the way.
MORE RESOURCES FOR HORSEBACK RIDING
GEORGIA INTERNATIONAL HORSE PARK (CONYERS)
Bring your own horse and enjoy the 15 miles of horse trails at the Georgia International Horse Park. The trails here offer scenic views of the former Olympic Endurance Course.
Trails are open from dawn until dusk, but are sometimes closed during special events.
WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
- Call ahead. Some of the horseback riding establishments listed above will take walk ups, but even they would usually prefer you make a reservation.
- Ask About Ages. Age restrictions are common. A few will let your child ride with an adult, but some don't.
- Know Your Child. Even if your child is old enough to go horseback riding, make sure they really want to go horseback riding.
- Ask about Weight. All the horseback riding establishments will have a weight limit, usually 220lbs or more. Make sure you know about limits before arriving.
- Look for Directions on the Website. Several horseback riding stables noted that GPS would not get you to their barn, so check their website first.
- Tip Your Guide. Most horseback riding guides work on tips, so be sure to bring extra for them.
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