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Horseback Riding in Madison County, NC
Madison County offers many opportunities for the horseback riding enthusiast. Horseback riding offers a unique, calm and relaxing way to take in unique views of some of the area’s most beautiful vistas and dramatic back-country scenery here in the Blue Ridge Mountains. A horseback riding tour is a wonderful way to experience the North Carolina mountains.
Sandy Bottom Trail Rides
Fresh mountain air, breath-taking scenery and an old fashioned down-home friendliness greet you when you visit family-owned Sandy Bottom Trail Rides. Our rides are perfect for people of all ages and horseback riding abilities. We ride all ages, have no weight limits, and are flexible to meet your needs. Horseback riding at Sandy Bottom Trail rides is relaxing and safe! We have horses in our stable to match every guest’s size and riding ability. All rides are accompanied by friendly, experienced trail guides. For the less adventurous, horse-drawn wagon and buggy rides are also available. We have one hour, two hour, three hour, and four hour horseback rides leaving daily from our stables at 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM.
Smoky Mountain Trail Rides
Located at the highest point in Madison County north of Asheville, NC, Smoky Mountain Trail Rides has a peaceful, secluded mountain top setting for the enjoyment of horseback riding. From a herd of over 50 well-trained horses, you will have a horse assigned to your riding abilities to take in the beauty of our spectacular scenery.
Wolf Laurel Stables
Come enjoy the great outdoors with us in the mountains! If you have never ridden before, or have limited experience, we will show you the basics. For your safety we use a specifically designed platform so you can easily mount your horse and we give basic tips and instructions on riding before hitting the trail. For the experienced riding enthusiast, you will enjoy our 2+ hour guided rides through a variety of terrain ranging from mountain forests and streams to the higher elevations.