Horseback Riding In GA: 20+ Unforgettable Trail Rides

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 Ga.

Did we miss your favorite? Let us know.

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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

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 Mountain Trail Rides

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 for 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.

Note: GPS does not get you to the Outpost. (Google Maps will, though.) You can find directions on their website HERE.

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.

Brasstown Valley Stables

For young ones (and maybe not so young ones) will like the rocking horses at Brasstown Valley Stables.

Appalachian Trail Rides at S&T Stables,

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.

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

Trackrock Stables

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.

Ages: Must be at least 2 years old to ride double with an adult. Children under 5 and under 50 pounds can ride double with an adult.

Sunny Farms North

Dahlonega | 1332 Long Branch Rd | (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!  You’ll take a scenic trail ride on the property, and have a great time.

They’re open on the weekends, but if you want to ride during the week, just give them a call.

Ages: All ages welcome.  Riders under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Gold City Corral and Carriage Company

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.

Georgia Frontiers

Canton | 545 Ruff White Road | (678) 234-8852

I love Georgia Frontiers tagline – Where city slickers come to ride!

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.

Ages: Must be 9+.

Brasstown Valley Stables in Young Harris, Ga

Brasstown Valley Stables

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 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

Sunburst Stables

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!

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.

Ages: 7+

Chattahoochee Stables

Helen | 2180 GA-17 | (706) 878-7000

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 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.

Ages: 6+

Barnesley Resort

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.

Ages: 11+ for trail rides

Southern Cross Guest Ranch

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!

This ranch is one of my favorites. 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

Serenbe Trail Riding

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.

Ages: 12+

Cohutta Stables

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.

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, 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

Coastal Horseback Riding in Ga.

Explore the beautiful Georgia coastline on horseback!

Sea Island Stables

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. They 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.

Ages: 7+

Three Oaks Farm

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.

They offer 1-, 1.5-, and 2-hour beach rides, moonlit rides, sunset rides, and a combo beach and forest ride.

Ages: 3+

Horseback Riding in Ga. State Parks

Georgia State Parks have some of the best trails around.

Roosevelt Riding Stables

Pine Mountain, Ga. |1063 Group Camp Rd | (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.

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.

Ages: 6+

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. You have to bring your own horse.

Fort Mountain Stables

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.

A.H. Stephens State Park

Crawfordsville, Ga.|456 Alexander Street NW| (706) 456-2602

If you want to go horseback riding in Augusta, A.H. Stephens State Park is perfect.

In 2016, they added 20 new horse stalls bringing their total to 30. There are 21 miles of horse trails, 20 equestrian campsites, and four cottages available.

General Coffee State Park

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.

Hard Labor Creek State Park

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.

Watson Mill Bridge State Park

Comer, Ga.|650 Watson Mill Road| (706) 783-5349

Just outside of Athens, Watson Mill Bridge State Park has 14 miles of trails, 11 horse 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 in Ga. With Your Horse

Here are additional places to go horseback riding in Ga. with your own horse.

Georgia International Horse Park and Equestrian Center

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.

Check out these two sites for more horseback riding opportunities with your own horse in Georgia:

Horse and Travel
Georgia Horseback Riding

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 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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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.

Sue Rodman | Co-Founder

Sue came to Atlanta after finishing the Walt Disney World College Program where she was a tour guide then guest relations hostess (and no she did not moonlight as Snow White). Sue spent 25 years in PR before adding freelance travel writing to her resume. Prior to 365 Atlanta Traveler, Sue published an award winning family travel blog called Field Trips with Sue for eight years, and produced a TV segment with the same name on CBS Better Mornings Atlanta. Her favorite place to visit is anywhere with her husband and three sons. Sue believes anytime is a good time for dessert and there are no bad field trips, just better stories. @SueRodman

Sue Rodman

Sue Rodman

Co-Founder at 365 Atlanta Traveler
Sue came to Atlanta after finishing the Walt Disney World College Program where she was a tour guide then guest relations hostess (and no she did not moonlight as Snow White). Sue spent 25 years in PR before adding freelance travel writing to her resume. Prior to 365 Atlanta Traveler, Sue published an award winning family travel blog called Field Trips with Sue for eight years, and produced a TV segment with the same name on CBS Better Mornings Atlanta. Her favorite place to visit is anywhere with her husband and three sons. Sue believes anytime is a good time for dessert and there are no bad field trips, just better stories.
Sue Rodman

9 Comments on "Horseback Riding In GA: 20+ Unforgettable Trail Rides"

  1. Don’t forget Blanche Manor Horseback Riding, only 20 minutes from Blue Ridge GA. Blanchemanor.com

    • Sue Rodman | 02/16/2017 at 9:54 pm | Reply

      Hi Kimberly,

      I didn’t include Blanche Manor because they aren’t in Georgia. However, they are close, so I’ll go ahead and put them in the list:)

  2. Don’t forget Blanche Manor Horseback Riding, only 20 minutes from Blue Ridge GA

  3. People will know in this article that often horseback riding companies have age restrictions. And a few will let your child ride with an adult. So it is important to ask before you go as everyone is different.

  4. My dad and I went to Brasstown Valley Stables, while on vacation in Hiawassee. We are from SW GA where it is FLAT! Riding through the wooded trails that open up to breath taking views of the mountains was awesome. The horses were great too. The staff phenomenal! My daughter was too young to ride with us, but while we were out on the trail my husband stayed back with her in the corral where the staff tacked up another horse for my daughter to have a pony ride while we were out. The stable managers grandson was also at the barn that day and they played the whole time we were out. Even though she couldn’t go out on the trail with us, she had a blast, a great time had by all!

  5. @Amber – Thank you for sharing your experience! My son and I witnessed something similar. They have a good crew at Brasstown Valley.

  6. Pascale Loomis | 09/25/2019 at 12:55 pm | Reply

    I live in the Shenandoah Valley in WV and ride mostly in wooded area with my horse. In a few years I am looking at moving somewhere with my horses where I could ride in more open field not just the woods, also the beach if available but as long as I have a variety of grounds it would be great. Some of those place in GA are worth checking out I guess, but if you know of other State and area that might be what I am looking for please let me know.

    • In Georgia you can ride north in the mountains and lower hills, central Georgia lots of open land and South is flat and has coastal areas also. Endless trail riding opportunities, check with the Back Country Horsemen of Georgia.

  7. Horseback riding near Blue Ridge:
    Adventure trail rides closed over a year ago and Ft Mountain stables hasn’t offered trail rides in several years. Ft mountain is an equestrian camp that you bring your own horse. Cohutta Stables is a licensed outfitter offering trail rides in the Chatthoochee National Forest, they are not mentioned

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