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

Deep Creek Horse Camp

Contact: James Clark

Address:

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

Address:

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.

Nantahala Village Riding Stables

Address:

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.

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.