Horseback Riding in the North Carolina Smokies

A great way to enjoy the rugged beauty of the Smoky Mountains is on horseback. Several stables offer guided horse rides through areas of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Nantahala National Forest, following trails that lead to waterfalls, across streams or along scenic ridges with panoramic vistas of mountains and lakes.

Horseback treks are generally available from one to four hours. Or you can experience the adventure of overnight camping trips lasting two to four days. You should check with individual stables to learn what horseback riding trips each offers.

If you like traveling with your own horses, see right column for info.

Printable guide to Bryson City Area Riding Stables.

Horseback Riding Stables in
Bryson City, Smokemont, Nantahala and Fontana

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Nantahala Village Riding Stables

9400 Highway 19/74 West
Bryson City, NC 28713
Phone 828-488-9649
Phone 828-488-8600
Guided trips in the Nantahala National Forest overlooking Fontana Lake & the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Reservations preferred. Open weekends April-May and September-October. Memorial Day-Labor Day full time.

Deep Creek Boarding Stables and Campground

Contact: James Clark
750 W. Deep Creek Rd. #11
Bryson City, NC 28713
Local 828-488-6961
Mobile 828-736-1270
Camping in paradise does exist. Close access to five trailheads and 400 miles of trails. If you like riding in the North Carolina side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you can do it from our Bryson City horse camp. Bring your horses and explore the many miles of the most scenic trails you'll ever ride!

Smokemont Riding Stable

Contact: Jason Cook
135 Smokemont Riding Stable Rd
Cherokee, NC 28719
Phone 828-497-2373
Enjoy scenic guided horseback riding within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Rides available for the beginner or experienced rider featuring wooded forests, wildflowers, river and waterfalls. An authorized concessioner of the National Park Service.

If you like traveling with your own horses, the Great Smokies and the Nantahala National Forest offer excellent horseback riding trails. You can ride a different trail every day.

About 550 miles of the 800 miles of National Park trails are open to horses. Download a trail map, which also has regulations for horse use of the Park.

The Tsali Trails in the Nantahala National Forest near Bryson City are multi-use trails. Check the trail schedule posted at the trailhead. Download map with riding info.

To find out more about the trails in the area you can contact the Nantahala National Forest at 828-479-6431 or the Great Smoky Mountains National Park at 865-436-1231.

For information about boarding your horses locally, click here.


Bryson City - Swain County
Chamber of Commerce

210 Main Street
P.O. Box 509
Bryson City, NC 28713


Karen Proctor Wilmot
Executive Director

800-867-9246 toll-free
828-488-3681 local
828-488-6858 fax