Western North Carolina is known for its natural beauty. With gorgeous overlooks, colorful wildflowers, and sparkling waterfalls, there is beauty around every turn. Even Orchard Inn is tucked away in the picturesque mountains of Saluda with stunning views! With so many trails and places to explore, you’ll want to get to them all. One of the best ways to experience the area is horseback riding near Asheville. Explore the wild and venture through the landscape on saddleback.
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6 of the Best Places for Horseback Riding Near Asheville
1. Wolf Laurel Stables
Wolf Laurel Stables sits nestled in the heart of the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains. They pride themselves in offering tours that are perfect for all skill levels, so don’t be nervous if you’re a beginner! We recommend starting with the 2-hour tour. You’ll see a variety of terrain from high elevations to bubbling creeks. If you would like, you can extend your ride to see more of the mountains!
2. Cedar Creek Stables
You are sure to enjoy a trail ride at Lake Lure with Cedar Creek Stables. There are multiple options available, each offering something slightly different for riders of all levels and ages. Choose from trails that cross through thickets and creeks or their longest trail that takes you to the top of a mountain for a fabulous view. This company has been giving guided rides since 1993!
3. Sandy Bottom Trail Rides
If you are looking for horseback riding near Asheville but want to feel like you’re in the country, head to the nearby Sandy Bottom Trail Rides. Their secluded ranch has been in the family for generations and is the perfect place to ride in the peace and quiet. Spend anywhere from one hour to the entire day on horseback. We recommend this company because they will accommodate anyone that wants to ride!
4. Saddle Up Trail Rides
Saddle Up Trail Rides offers horseback riding in Hendersonville, NC. Ride through the Pisgah National Forest at this family-owned and operated stable. 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! This family-owned company was started hoping that people of all ages and riding levels can enjoy the outdoors on horseback.
5. Biltmore Estate
With several options – including a one-hour guided ride or a private, three-hour ride – The Biltmore offers horseback riding throughout the immaculate estate. Rides are available for folks of all experience levels, and you will need to make a reservation for any of the private trail rides.
6. Shoal Creek
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.
Book Your Western North Carolina Getaway
When your horseback riding near Asheville excursion has come to an end, you’ll love coming back and relaxing at Orchard Inn. A horseback ride is an excellent way to see our area, and you’ll love being nestled in the forest when you stay at our property. Browse our accommodations, each with stunning views of the treetops, to start planning your stay. You’ll love our outstanding amenities, shared spaces, and delicious breakfast we serve each morning. We look forward to seeing you!
Do you know the benefits of booking directly through Orchard Inn? Surprisingly, online travel agencies often have fees attached, so you don’t get the best deal. With no hidden fees and great prices, booking online through our website or calling the front desk is the best way to go. Plus, we always have accurate dates and rooms available, so you’ll have complete access to all of our rooms, cottages, and suites!