Whether you’re a newcomer or veteran to horse-riding, a new trail is always a new adventure. But when you’ve exhausted all your nearby terrains, it can sometimes be hard to figure out where to head next.
Let us walk you through the ten best riding trails in the United States to kickstart your next equestrian escapade!
Taggart Lake Trailhead in Tetons National Park, Wyoming
The Tetons national park in Wyoming is home to scenic views of snow-capped mountain tops. Dewy, bright flowers adorn the sides of trails here, and tall tree canopies allow light to peer down. Luckily, this landscape right out of a Bob Ross painting serves horse-riders.
As long as stock owners follow a few rules outlined by the National Park Service, they’re free to make their way. The Taggart Lake Trailhead is one of the three main trails open for horse-riders during the day.
Here’s a guide to all open trails in the area and a brief history of stock usage at the park.
Southern Trail Rides “Our Ranch” near Austin, Texas
Live in central Texas and wondering, “what are trails that are exciting near me”?
The “Our Ranch” trail based in central Texas lets riders bask in natural beauty. Located 15 minutes away from downtown Austin, the estate where the ranch is based holds tall oak trees, open green pastures, and a tranquil eco-safe zone.
Riders will head past a 1700s Texas graveyard said to hold the relatives of Davy Crockett. Ponds, creeks, and other wildlife areas can also be spotted on your ride.
The Mist Trail in Yosemite National Park, California
Yosemite national park is a wonder by itself, and most explorers will hike or stop at lakes via car. But horseback riding in Yosemite can be a magical experience in itself.
The Mist Trail passing from the Happy Isles all the way to Nevada Falls is breathtaking. Waterfalls, illuminated peaks, terrain good for riding are a paradise for the experienced equestrian. In short: the vicinity is a wilderness lover’s paradise.
Be aware that, like with Tetons, there are guidelines. Stock must be well-trained and healthy. Heading off the trail is also not permitted.
Heading Down the Carriage Roads in Acadia National Park, Maine
For riders with their own horses, Acadia National Park in Maine offers a sense of absolute tranquility. There is one stable where horses can rest.
Riders can head around most carriage roads and some motorways to take in stunning scenery. Acadia is unique for being split among multiple locations, so everything from fjords to harbors may be included on the trip.
Ocala 100 Mile Horse Trail in Ocala, Florida
Florida is home to Disney Land, SeaWorld, and other commercialized tourist attractions. But did you know that in central Florida, the city of Ocala is dubbed the “Horse Capital of the World”?
Fitting its reputation, Ocala offers an astonishing 100 mile horseback riding trail. The trail is open 24 hours a day and no permit or fees are required to explore its expanse. Tent camping and trailer parking is available, too.
The full trail is split into three loops: the Flatwoods Trail, Prairie Trail, and Baptist Lake Trail. The first two of the trails are 40-miles long, and the last is 20-miles long.
The Biltmore Estate, Asheville, North Carolina
Asheville is home to a bustling downtown with great nightlife and easy access to the Appalachian. Its famous Biltmore Estate has private trails that you can access for a fee; these trails allow you to traverse the land with your own stock. Guided tours are also available.
The Biltmore is open every day, but depending on the day you go, hours of operation might vary. Fortunately, with Grandfather Mountain and Boone a bit away, adventuring is never out of the picture.
Foothill Regional Park in Sonoma/Napa Valley, California
If you love wine and have a passion for horseback riding, the Foothill Regional Park trail in Sonoma, CA offers the best of both worlds. Riders can catch glimpses of sprawling vineyards and the highs and lows of wine country valleys.
7-miles of multipurpose trails are in place for bikers, equestrians, and hikers to share. With hillsides, meadows, and woodlands, the trails offer challenging terrain for the avid equestrian.
Plus, after an exhausting ride, you might stop for a sip of your favorite Moscato straight from the brewery.
Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
Shenandoah in Virginia has a variety of trailheads open for use. While grazing is not permitted and certain hazards exist, riders will be able to yellow-blazed trails allow horse riders to make their way along the northwestern region of the commonwealth.
Equestrians can expect to find waterfalls, wetlands, and a plethora of bird species native to the area. Have your stock gallop towards one of the park’s many high-rising peaks, but beware of the occasional black bear.
Lava Lake Trail, Bozeman, Montana
Arguably one of the best ways to head across Montana – part of the great American West – is via horseback. And the state’s immensely popular Lava Lake trail, located just off US 191, offers the scenic views of the wild west every adventurer dreams about.
The trail is situation within Custer Gallatin National Forest in Southern Montana. Equestrians can go fishing and camping, too.
For the Kids: Southern Trail Rides “Little Dude Ride” in Texas Hill Country
Are you a horseback riding enthusiast with young kids? Looking for a great family vacation activity?
The “Little Dude Ride” offered by Southern Trail Rides might be a great choice. Kids will be able to brush their horses, go on a 20-minute arena ride, and a 20-minute trail ride in Texas Hill Country.
Guides are highly trained and will make sure riders have a great time whether they’re beginners or experienced.
Trail Rides For Your Needs
If you’re looking for new trails, then make sure to check out any of the ones we mentioned above! Grab the kids and have fun!
Looking for more epic adventures with your favorite horse? Check out our travel page for more ideas on great places to ride.
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