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NC Horseback Riding

While on your Blue Ridge Mountain Vacation, take the time to enjoy the NC horseback riding at your fingertips.Some of the most beautiful and well maintained riding land is in the Boone and Blowing Rock area. With the hundreds of miles of manicured carriage trails located on the Moses Cone property, this is a trail-riding destination of choice for NC horseback riding. From trail riding to indoor lesson facilities, the High Country has it all.


One of the most famous NC horseback riding facilities in the area is the Blowing Rock Equestrian Preserve, which has hosted the Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show annually, has access to the 25 miles of trails on the Moses Cone property. With more than 15 barns and multiple riding rings, the Blowing Rock Equestrian Preserve is the ultimate location to board your horse while visiting the High Country. The Blowing Rock Equestrian Preserve is also home to the Blazing Saddles organization, a non-profit organization providing therapeutic riding opportunities for those in need in the High Country. Additionally, the Blowing Rock Equestrian Preserve is home to the Blue Ridge Equestrian 4-H Club, an organization fostering growth and leadership skills in horseback riding youth in the region. Whether you are looking to bring your horse and ride on trails, or take advantage of the exceptional training available by barn manager and head trainer, Collette McNell, the Blowing Rock Equestrian Preserve provides some of the best NC horseback riding in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Another option for NC horseback riding in Boone is Celtic Unicorn Stables at Yonahlossee Equestrian Center. Home to the Appalachian State University Equestrian Club’s Western Team, the facility offers a 40-stall barn, individual and group turn-out, guided trail rides, and an indoor ring for riding during inclement weather. New owners, Tim and Amy Bennett, have created an atmosphere focused on their Scottish heritage and incorporate that aspect of their expertise into their trail rides, summer camps, birthdays, and other group events. Celtic Unicorn Stables is one of the more well-known Boone NC horseback riding locations.

If your idea of NC horseback riding is more cowboy-centered, look no farther than Dutch Creek Trails in Valle Crucis NC. Offering 1-hour trail rides and hayrides, Dutch Creek Trails has some of the most beautiful pastureland in the High Country. The historic barn and 100 year old farmhouse set the scene for this relaxed riding atmosphere, and boasting the largest herd of horses in the area, Dutch Creek Trails has a horse for every level of rider. With 170 acres of land owned by the owners, Keith and Phyllis Ward, this facility is truly an authentic cowboy experience in NC horseback riding. Trail rides are offered 7 days a week; please call Dutch Creek Trails for reservations.

horse2If riding isn’t your style, but horses and sightseeing are, this NC horseback riding center may be just the ticket. Chadi Farms in Valle Crucis NC offers more than riding and lessons, they also have carriage rides and hayrides for kids. With the option of a Victorian Canopied Coach or an Olde West Wooden Buckboard, both drawn by palomino Belgians, Chadi Farms provides carriage rides for visitors and special events, like weddings, year round. Chadi Farms also offers NC horseback riding camp for youth each summer, with instruction in riding and horsemanship; camp lasts from 9am to 4pm Monday through Friday.

Don’t forget to take advantage of the lovely NC horseback riding while vacationing with Blue Ridge Vacation Cabins. Our Boone NC Cabin Rentals are located close to many great horseback riding trails and farms. Want to see more great Cabins in the NC Mountains? We have great Cabins in Boone NC available for your stay, spacious Banner Elk Cabins, Sugar Mountain Rentals minutes from the trails and Blowing Rock Vacation Rentals that rival all the others that you may find! Don’t pick the wrong rental cabin company, learn more about our Guest Services and the fun Things to Do in Boone NC that are going on right now!