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 in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Nantahala National Forest. Horseback treks are generally one to four hours, but may also be overnight camping trips.
If you like traveling with your own horses, here's info.
Printable pdf of Horseback Guides
Riding Stables & Horse Camp
Nantahala Village Riding Stables
9400 Highway 19/74 West
Bryson City, NC 28713
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.
Smokemont Riding Stable
Contact: Jason Cook
135 Smokemont Riding Stable Rd
Cherokee, NC 28719
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.
Deep Creek Horse Camp
Contact: James Clark
750 W. Deep Creek Rd. #11
Bryson City, NC 28713
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!
For Horse Owners
If you like traveling with your own horses, the Great Smokies and the Nantahala National Forest offer excellent horseback riding trails.
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.