TRAVEL GUIDE TO BRYSON CITY AND THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS
THINGS TO DO IN THE SMOKIES
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.
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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.
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