What child doesn’t dream of horseback riding? 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 20+ places to go horseback riding in Georgia! 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.
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
There are so many great places to see and explore in Georgia -- and a perfect way to take it all in is on the back of a horse.
Blue Ridge |319 Hells Hollow Rd, Blue Ridge, GA 30513 | (706) 408-7433
Looking for family adventure in the North Georgia mountains? This beautiful ranch has been in business more than 25 years in Blue Ridge. They have trail rides, and for the young buck-a-roos in your group, 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.
They also offer trail rides from beginner to expert, pony rides, pony-go-round, riding lessons, sunset & custom rides, special packages, birthday parties, pony parties, rustic weddings and corporate outings, summer camps, as well as pond fishing and gem mining.
Note: GPS does not get you to the Outpost, but Google Maps will.
Ages: 7 and up. If you feel your little one needs to be lead by a trail guide, make sure you let them know when you make your reservation.
Mineral Bluff | 4100 Cutcane Road | (706) 374-0362
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.
Here you'll find many different choices depending on what kind of trail ride you're looking for.
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
Blairsville | 202 Trackrock Camp Rd. | (706) 745-5252
No matter your riding experience, Trackrock Stables has a trial ride for you! 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. Trotting and cantering are allowed during the 2-hour ride. One-hour rides are also available.
They take out first-timers, folks that have ridden before but infrequently and experienced riders all the time. Everyone will ride a horse matched with their individual experience level and size. A safety demonstration is given prior to the ride. All of their trail horses are gentle enough for a beginner rider.
Of course the main draw here is horseback riding, but there is so much to do here! There is fishing, hiking, hayrides, two large playgrounds, a game room, horseshoes, volleyball, corn hole and yard games, and more!
Want to stay the night? There are also 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.
Dahlonega | 1332 Long Branch Rd | (706) 867-9167
These horses are saddled and ready to ride (weather permitting). 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! You'll take a scenic trail ride on the property, and have a great time.
They're open on the weekends, but ask that you call and let them know you want to visit before coming.
Ages: All ages welcome. Riders under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Dahlonega | 49 Forrest Hills Rd | (706) 867-9395
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! How cool is that?
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.
Canton | 545 Ruff White Road | (678) 234-8852
Located in Canton, this 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.
You'll love the wooded horseback trails here.
They operate daily, however, reservations are required.
Ages: Must be 9+.
Young Harris | 6321 U.S. 76 | (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.
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 -- so little ones can get in on the horseback riding action too.
The 1,200 square-feet facility is perfect for both individual leisure guests and larger organized groups, and is open to both resort guests and the general public
The 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.
Ages: 7+ for trail rides
Helen | S3181 State Hwy. 255 | (800) 806-1953
There are quite a few places to go horseback riding in Helen, Ga., but Sunburst Stables offers guided horseback trail riding and so much more!
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.
Participate in a trail ride including lunch, watch the sunset on horseback, 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 for all experience levels.
And when you're done with horseback riding, you'll also find zip lines, boating tours, and ATV tours too.
Helen | 2180 GA-17 | (706) 878-7000
Take a guided horseback ride through the Sautee Valley at Chattahoochee Stables in Helen.
Nestled in the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains and covering over 150 acres in the historic Sautee Nacoochee Valley they have been in operation as a horseback riding facility since 1987 so they have plenty of experience riding the beautiful trails.
They offer an hour-long guided trail ride, including 1.5 miles of horseback riding trials along the river (the only “river ride” around)! They want you to take in the beauty all around you, while atop one of their amazing horses.
Adairsville | 597 Barnsley Gardens Rd | (770) 773-7480
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.
They offer horseback riding but also unique experiences such as hiking through the woodlands, biking the nature trails or taking a slow, relaxing boat ride on the lake or golfing.
Ages: 11+ for trail rides
Madison, Ga. | 1670 Bethany Church Road | 706-342-8027
Southern Cross Guest Ranch is simply the best.
Here you'll find a hands-on horseback riding program, a peaceful setting, a beautiful bed and breakfast, and over 150 horses!
Many horseback riding ranches limit the time leave no time for riders to find “their horse.” Instead, they give you a tired and lackluster horse who is already saddled and ready to go. Even if you’ve ridden before, you’re lumped together with a large group. And the “trail ride” is just a big long walk on the backs of tired horses.
This ranch offers so much. 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 one look at the offerings, and you'll want to stay.
For horse lovers, this place is perfection.
Ages: 4+ to come to the ranch, 7 and under must ride with an adult, 8+ to ride on their own
Chattahoochee Hills | 10950 Hutchesons Ferry Rd | (678) 333-2989
Ride through the rolling hills of Serenbe on horseback, and see why this place is so magical.
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.
Blue Ridge, GA. | 706-851-5198
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.
Copperhill, Tenn. |160 Blanche Manor Lane| (706) 455-7433
This horse riding stable isn't in Georgia, but it is just over the line (15 minutes!) 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. 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
Explore the beautiful Georgia coastline on horseback!
Sea Island, Ga. | 150 Frederica Rd | (912) 434-4760
A beach trip with a trail ride included? Yes, please!
There is something special about a morning horseback ride on the beach. 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.
Explore the beaches and marshes of this beautiful place on horseback. You'll love it.
Jekyll Island, Ga. | Clam Creek Road| (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.
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
Georgia State Parks have some of the best trails around.
Pine Mountain, Ga. |1063 Group Camp Rd | (706) 628-7463
Roosevelt Stables provides horseback riding in Pine Mountain.
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.
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
The following Georgia State Parks have horseback riding trails, and horse facilities, but they do not offer guided trail rides. You have to bring your own horse.
Chatsworth, Ga. |548 Cliffmine Rd | (706) 429-5075
More than 25 miles of horse trails offer loop rides that vary from 3 to 16 miles.
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.
Crawfordsville, Ga.|456 Alexander Street NW| (706) 456-2602
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.
Overnight guests can choose from lakeside cottages or a modern campground, while large groups can enjoy privacy in the park’s group camp or pioneer campground.
Nicholls, Ga.|46 John Coffee Road| (912) 384-7082
For horse lovers, the 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.
Rutledge, Ga.|5 Hard Labor Creek Road| (912) 384-7082
With 22 miles of trails, campsites, and stables -- this 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.
Comer, Ga.|650 Watson Mill Road| (706) 783-5349
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
Here are additional places to go horseback riding in Ga. with your own horse.
Conyers|1996 Centennial Olympic Parkway | 770-860-4190
Bring your own horse and enjoy the 15 miles of horse trails at the Geogia 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. Check their events calendar for details.
WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
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 even they would usually prefer you make a reservation. They can better serve you and your group if they know you are coming.
Ask About Ages. Age restrictions are common. A few will let your child ride with an adult -- but some don't. Ask before you go since 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 and 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 extra for them.
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