It is widely known that a plethora of hiking trails near Asheville, NC are readily available for those looking to have an adventure. But have you ever thought about any other ways to get around the area other than using your own two feet while still being able to experience the greatness of the outdoors? If you’ve had the question, the solution is simple. Instead of using your own feet, let a powerful, four-legged animal use its hooves to tote you around and supply you with a perched view. To accomplish this alternative, there is plenty of horseback riding in Asheville that will allow you to gain a different perspective of Western North Carolina.
With several options – including a one-hour guided ride or a private, three-hour ride – The Biltmore offers horseback riding throughout the immaculate estate. Ride are available for folks of all experience levels, and you will need to make a reservation for any of the private trail rides.
Cedar Creek Stables
Open seven days a week and located in Lake Lure, NC, Cedar Creek Stables has been providing riders with a great experience for more than 20 years. Take a trip between one and two hours, as you traverse either the Laurel Mountain Trail, the Nettles Trail, or the Overlook Trail.
Sandy Bottom Trail Rides
You can find Sandy Bottom Trail Rides in Marshall, NC, at a secluded ranch. Whether you want to ride for just an hour or if you want to ride all day, Sandy Bottom has the right fit for you. Also, if riding on the horse isn’t your thing, Sandy Bottom also offers horse-drawn wagon rides that can seat anywhere from 6-15 people.
Shoal Creek is adjacent to Dupont State Forest, where you will be taking your ride. Let your horse guide you to the breathtaking waterfalls. Rides are just $30 per hour per person, so take advantage of the price and spend up to four hours on your tour.
Saddle-Up Trail Rides
Family owned and operated, Saddle-Up Trail Rides will take you on a tour into Pisgah National Forest around North Mills River. A one-hour ride will keep you on dry land, but if you go for two or more hours, you will have the opportunity to conquer several water crossings.
As you can see, there are more than enough options when it comes to finding a place to strap on the cowboy boots and hop aboard a horse. There is, however, only one perfect option when choosing where to stay when you are in the area. When your horseback riding excursion has come to an end, stay in the Asheville area and visit the Orchard Inn in Saluda, NC. At the Orchard Inn you can select from one of the nine guest rooms or one of the five cottage suites. Regardless of which you room you pick, you will always be welcome to enjoy a meal with us while taking in a beautiful view of the mountainous region. Go ahead and book today!
Photo courtesy Donnie Ray Jones