South Dakota Parks, Campgrounds, and Trails

We all love taking the horses out locally, but the best part of owning a horse is the opportunities for adventure. Luckily, the United States is full of horse-friendly outdoor recreation areas perfect for the occasional day trip or longer vacation. We are producing a series to bring you information about the horse-friendly parks, campgrounds, and trails across the United States. 

Union Grove State Park Beresford, South Dakota (605) 987-2263 Horse Big Sioux Recreation Area 410 Park St. Brandon, SD 57007 (605) 582-7243 Located 4 miles south of Interstate 90 at exit 406 Oakwood Lakes State Park 46109 202nd St. Bruce, SD 57220-5104 (605) 627-5441 Located seven miles north and three miles west of Volga, off SD Highway 14. From I-29 take exit 140  

Newton Hills State Park 28771 482nd Ave. Canton, SD 57013 (605) 987-2263 6 miles of trail Users: hike, bike, horse Description: dense basswood and oak forests, and open grasslands. The horse camp has corrals, water, vault toilets and a large camping and parking area  

French Creek Ranch Bed & Breakfast Innkeepers: Ron & Diane Trithart PO Box 588 Custer, South Dakota, 57730 Toll Free 1 (877) 673-4790 e-mail: trithart@rapidnet.com web site: www.frenchcreekranch.com French Creek Ranch is a beautiful bed and breakfast ranch for horses, riders, hikers, bicyclists or anyone looking for sophisticated, yet comfortable, western hospitality in the heart of the Black Hills of South Dakota. 

Spirit Horse Escape Barney & Linda Fleming 11596 W. Hwy 16 Custer, S.D. 57730. 605-673-6005 http://www.spirithorseescape.com/ HORSE CAMP Primitive Camping Spaces With Individual Pipe Corrals $10.00 Per Horse per Night. Full Hookup Camping spaces $10.00 per Night. Wash-house with Full Baths….. Surrounded by National Forest with Many Miles of Good Riding. Spirit Horse Escape is Located 7 Miles West of Custer, South Dakota on Hwy 16W 

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South Carolina Parks, Campgrounds, and Trails

We all love taking the horses out locally, but the best part of owning a horse is the opportunities for adventure. Luckily, the United States is full of horse-friendly outdoor recreation areas perfect for the occasional day trip or longer vacation. We are producing a series to bring you information about the horse-friendly parks, campgrounds, and trails across the United States. 

Hitchcock Woods South Boundary and Laurens St Aiken , SC 29801 (843) 842-0528. Directions: From Aiken, take US 1 south on York Street and turn right onto South Boundary Street Continue to the parking area at a gated road. Description: 65 miles of marked trails, sandy woodland Acres: 2,000 Users: hike, hike, horse, carriages Hours: Dawn to dusk No camping.  

Fant’s Grove Clemson Experimental Forest 272 Lehotsky Hall Box 341003 Clemson, SC 29634-1003 . (864) 656-4851. Directions: From Interstate 85 at Anderson, take SC 76 (Exit 19) north for approximately seven miles and turn left (west) onto Woodburn Rd. Follow the signs to Garrison Arena and the trailhead. Description: The trail is a 35-mile series of loopsm old pines and rolling pastures with clay footing. Horses must be shod to use this trail. Season: Open year-round No camping.  

Jericho Horse Trail Francis Marion National Forest Witherbee Ranger District 2421 Witherbee Rd. Cordesville, SC 29434 . (843) 336-3248 Directions: From I-26 take Exit 208, drive on SC Hwy. 52 to Moncks Corner then drive east on SC 402 to SC 41. Turn left and drive 7 miles to the trailhead on the left. Facilities: There is primitive camping available, however, a permit is required from the District office. Description: Trail is a 19-mile loop. This trail winds through a mostly longleaf pine forest, dogwood, black-eyed susans, live oak, deer, and wild turkey. Users: hike, bike, horse  

Fell Hunt Camp and trailhead – Long Cane Horse Trail Sumter National Forest Long Cane Ranger District 810 Buncombe St Edgefield , SC 29824 803- 637-5396 Directions: From Greenwood follow SC 10 south for 8 miles. Turn right onto Cedar Springs Road (Greenwood County S-24-47) and continue to Fell Hunt Club at 2.5 miles on the left. Facilities: 40 equestrian sites, hitching posts, tie rails, water, and toilets  

McCalla Horse Trail McCalla State Natural Area 1077 Harpers Ferry Road Iva , SC 29655 864-447-8267 trail is open by appointment Fax: 864- 447-8638 Directions: From Abbeville, drive west on SC 71 to Lowndesville. Travel through Lowndesville, turn left onto Abbeville County S-1-65.  

McCalla State Natural Area and the trailhead are at the end of S-1-65. Facilities: restroom is provided at the parking area Description: Two trails, a large loop, or a short Blue post with arrows or blue paint marks the trail. Length: Mud Bug Inn 1818 Friendfield Road Scranton, SC 29591 Tel: 843-389-3724 E-mail muddbugg2000@yahoo.com The Mud Bug Inn is a boarding stable and horse motel complete with a comfortable, fully contained bunkhouse. For our horse guests we offer 10 12′ x 16′ stalls. Stallions that are well mannered are welcome to stay with us, too. We have a turn out available that has new, no climb and electric fencing. The cost is $20.00 per night, including feed which is grass hay. We have two new full court dressage courts, a new pond for swimming horses or for fishing We have a gallop path available for our guests.  

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Pennsylvania Parks, Campgrounds, and Trails

We all love taking the horses out locally, but the best part of owning a horse is the opportunities for adventure. Luckily, the United States is full of horse-friendly outdoor recreation areas perfect for the occasional day trip or longer vacation. We are producing a series to bring you information about the horse-friendly parks, campgrounds, and trails across the United States. 

Pheasant Field Bed & Breakfast 150 Hickorytown Road Carlisle, PA 17013 Phone: 717-258-0717 For reservations call toll-free: 877-258-0717  

Sun and Cricket Bed & Breakfast Innkeepers: Tara Bradley-Steck 1 Tara Lane Gibsonia, PA 15044-7705 724-444-6300  

Buck Valley Ranch LLC A Western Experience on Horseback Leon & Nadine Fox 1344 Negro Mtn. Rd. Warfordsburg, PA 717 294 3759 800 294 3759 http://www.buckvalleyranch.com email  

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Oregon Parks, Campgrounds, and Trails

We all love taking the horses out locally, but the best part of owning a horse is the opportunities for adventure. Luckily, the United States is full of horse-friendly outdoor recreation areas perfect for the occasional day trip or longer vacation. We are producing a series to bring you information about the horse-friendly parks, campgrounds, and trails across the United States. 

Ride and Rest Horse Motel 500 Metz Hill Road Oakland, OR Phone: 541-459-9220 E-mail: grovesrn@mcsi.net Directions: I-5 exit 142, west on Metz Hill Road, ¼ miles, first driveway on left. 22 miles north of Roseburg, 52 miles south of Eugene. Emergency pickup, and vet on call. Facilities: 16 indoor 12 x12 stalls with automatic waterers, fir shaving bedding, lighted indoor arena, electric hookup for self-contained campers. New motels for $29 a night 6 miles north or South, I-5. $15/night  

Malheur County Fairgrounds 795 NW 9th St. Ontario, Oregon 97914 Ph: 541-889-4331 – office 541-889-5104 – evenings Location: I-84 & Hwy 20/26 Facilities: 100 box stalls & elec. for campers/RV’s  

Pacific Equestrian Center 3525 Garden Ave. Springfield, Oregon 97478 Ph: 541-746-6564/office 541-744-9104/Barn Fax/541-741-8878 Location: Just off I-5, exit 194A Facilities: 78 indoor stalls, 3 holding pens, feed – extra, 100 x 200 indoor arena & camper hookup/elec.only Reservations please. 

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Oklahoma Parks, Campgrounds, and Trails

We all love taking the horses out locally, but the best part of owning a horse is the opportunities for adventure. Luckily, the United States is full of horse-friendly outdoor recreation areas perfect for the occasional day trip or longer vacation. We are producing a series to bring you information about the horse-friendly parks, campgrounds, and trails across the United States. 

House Horse Motel Contact Pete or Kathy House for more information (405)378-6864 or Location: Central Okla.. 25 miles SE of Shawnee, OK. 20 miles south of I-40, near Seminole, OK. Available stalls: 15 Water, Electric & horse washroom available 1 bedroom in barn available Cost: $100.00 per night (each additional horse $10.00) Fee does not include feed Feed & Hay available ($6.00 per horse per day) 1,000 acres available for trail riding-extra fee Reservation requirements: 24 hrs. Neg Coggins Required  

Creek Ranch Training Center 11501-72nd Ave NE Norman, OK (405) 447-2101 Directions: In Norman, go east on Robinson Rd. to 72nd Ave. Turn north (left) and go 1/4 mile to entry on right. Facilities: Large stalls with paddocks. Two 20×10 stalls for horses not able to turnout. Indoor and Outdoor arenas. 2 dressage arenas, jumping stadium and x-country course (beginner novice thru intermediate Levels). 105 acres includes trails to relax on. Bunkhouse with bath. Meals available. RV hookups 

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Ohio Parks, Campgrounds, and Trails

We all love taking the horses out locally, but the best part of owning a horse is the opportunities for adventure. Luckily, the United States is full of horse-friendly outdoor recreation areas perfect for the occasional day trip or longer vacation. We are producing a series to bring you information about the horse-friendly parks, campgrounds, and trails across the United States. 

Wayne National Forest USDA Forest Service 219 Columbus Road Athens, OH 45701-1399 Phone: 614-592-6644 Strouds Run State Park 11661 State Park Road Athens, OH 45701 8.5-mil equestrian trail. Paint Creek State Park 14265 U.S. Route 50 Bainbridge, OH 45612 Voice: 513.365.140 Facilities: 15 camp sites, potable water; toilets 26 miles of well-marked trails Fees: Description: streams, hills, woods and meadows  

Tanglewood Acres 2779 Pike Lake Road Bainbridge, OH 45612 614.493.3142 Located 800′ north of Pike Lake State Park Faciilities 50 sites (25 with electrical hook up); flush toilets and hot showers, Gift shop, Dairy Bar, firewood, Scheduled rides, group rides; group rates. 50 miles of trails in the Pike Lake State Forest very well marked  

BARKCAMP STATE PARK 65330 Barkcamp Road Belmont, Ohio 43718 740-484-4064. Directions: Take I-70 Exit 208, state route 149 south about 2 miles. Park is on your left. Description: The horse camp is located in the general camping area. Trails: 3 with 20 miles rolling hills; mostly single-track Elect and water hookups  

Horse Camp Facilities: Water, Tie-up East Fork State Park P.O. Box 119, Bethel, OH, 45106, Phone: 513-734-4323 Directions: From Williamsburg, travel west on Old Route 32 follow signs. 17-site horsemen’s camp Harrison State Forest Bloomingdale, Ohio 614-264-5671. primitive campsites no water toilets 10 miles of trails  

Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area 15610 Vaughn Road Brecksville, OH, 44141 Phone: 216-526-5256 Description – 33,000 acres along 22 miles of the Cuyahoga River between Cleveland and Akron, Ohio. The park can be accessed from Interstates 77 and 271. Users: bike, hike, horse  

Great Seal State Park c/o Scioto Trail State Park, 144 Lake Road, Chillicothe, OH, 45601-9478, Phone: 740-633-2125 Directions: From Chillicothe follow State Route 159 north to Delano Road, turn right and go to Marietta Road intersection; turn right into the park entrance. Follow signs to multi-use campground. Campground is convenient to the horse trails Sugarloaf Mountain Trail , a 2.1-mile yellow blazed route through dense forests and over rugged terrain; the Ridge Trail, a blue-blazed 7.8-mile rough route; and Mt. Ives Trail, 6.4-mile orange blazes trail offering scenic vistas. Horse facilities: Tie rails, potable water Level gravel pads for Rigs  

Hueston Woods State Park 6301 Park Office Road College Corner, OH, 45003 Phone: 513-523-6347 Directions: From Oxford, follow State Route 732 north, main entrance in 5 miles. horsemen’s camping is north of the lake Six miles of trails and a horsemen’s camp are located off S.R. 177 on Four Mile Valley Road.   

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North Carolina Parks, Campgrounds, and Trails

We all love taking the horses out locally, but the best part of owning a horse is the opportunities for adventure. Luckily, the United States is full of horse-friendly outdoor recreation areas perfect for the occasional day trip or longer vacation. We are producing a series to bring you information about the horse-friendly parks, campgrounds, and trails across the United States. 

Purple Pony Cottage & Stables at Walnut Hollow Ranch 

Charlie & Barbara Kissling 

1226 Carter Cove Road 

Hayesville, NC 28904 

828-389-8931   

Overnight Stables/ Lodging & Awesome Mountain Trail Riding Vacations with Your Horses 

Location: In the beautiful Nantahala Mountains area of the Great Smokies in Western NC 

2 hours from Asheville, Atlanta or Chattanooga. 1 mile in on the right on Carter Cove Road, next to Grace 

Baptist Church, across from Jenny’s Alpaca Farm. Minutes away from miles of trail riding at its best at 

Fires Creek, Tusquitee Mt.  

Moore’s Horseplay Ranch/ Lazy P Ranch 

Lenoir, NC 28645 

828-757-9114 Moore’s 

Horse rentals: 828-256-1899 Carl Porter, by day, week, etc. 

Tack shop: 828-495-7635 Carl Porter 

Beautiful trail riding. Your horse or rentals. Sleeping cabin, western town sleeping rooms, bunk house for 

groups, camping areas for large trailers, stall barn, fishing, and more. Hay, tack shop and feed store 

nearby. 

New Hope Stables & Campgrounds 

Mike & Simone Smith 

Statesville, N.C. 

Phone: 704-592-5034    

New Hope Stables & Campgrounds is located on 25 acres in North Iredell, North Carolina. We are just minutes (on horseback) from Love Valley, the Cowboy Capital, with about 75 miles of beautiful trails of riding. New Hope Stables focuses on small groups to provide a private, peaceful and family oriented atmosphere. Our facilities and services include: 12×12 and 12×14 stalls, overnight camping with 20 AMP electric and water, clean restroom facility, free firewood, shaded campsites, corral conveniently close to sites, spacious tack room, 64′ round-pen, trails. Come and join us for your riding experiences. 

Serenity Stables & Campground 

4422 Shoals Road 

Pinnacle, NC 27043 

RESIDENCE 336-325-2762 

OFFICE 336-325-2229 

Just minutes in any direction from restaurants and unique shops. Serenity is located in the quaint 

community of Shoals, NC. Serenity Stables is a short horseback ride from the Yadkin River Section of the 

Pilot Mountain State Park. Step back in time with safe, quiet, family oriented camping. 

The campground is equipped with picnic tables, firepits, electricity, outhouse, community water, and 

pasture turnout. Also available is an authentic rustic log cabin. Originally built in the 1880’s, it is now 

tucked away in a beautiful wooded area at Serenity Stables. It is a spacious one-room cabin complete with 

oil lamps, double bed, table for two, wash stand and gas logs. Cool in the summer and warm in the 

winter, it is the perfect ‘escape’. 

It has its own private entrance with picnic table, water, firepit, outhouse, grill, and pasture turnout. 

Serenity Stables and Campground is located near the Yadkin River with easy access to approximately 50 

miles of beautiful trails. 

The Walk Inn 

157 Little River Campground Road 

Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 

(828)-884-WALK  

Accommodations include a 1200 Sq. foot house and tent camping. 

$10 per night, per horse, (6) 12 x 12 stall “barn”, Initial bedding provided, 1 year current coggins 

required, bales of hay may be purchased,20 minutes from WNC Ag. Center Maps provided for – Dupont 

State Forest, Popular Trails in Pisgah National Forest.Take a spin up the road and ride Dupont State Forest 

or load up and haul to Pisgah National Forest or Biltmore Estate. 

Guests from states might need to provide “vet certificates. 

Sorry, due to insurance regulations we are unable to provide horses for guests to ride. 

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North Dakota Parks, Campgrounds, and Trails

We all love taking the horses out locally, but the best part of owning a horse is the opportunities for adventure. Luckily, the United States is full of horse-friendly outdoor recreation areas perfect for the occasional day trip or longer vacation. We are producing a series to bring you information about the horse-friendly parks, campgrounds, and trails across the United States. 

North Park Campground Ted and Maureen Bratten Owners 753 Chestnut Lane Dickinson, ND 58601 701-227-8498 E-Mail: Ted and Maureen Bratten Web Page: North Park Campground Quiet area to picket horses on a large grassy field. RV camp sites with full hook-ups available and plenty of room for big rigs. Theodore Roosevelt National Park is just 35 minutes from here and it is a beautiful place to ride. From I-94, exit 61, head North 1/2 mile on Highway 22 to 21st Street. Go East on 21st Street 1/2 mile to 5th avenue East and go 1 block North. Turn right on Chestnut Lane.  

Huufda Hotel and Trail Rides 9410 – 171 Ave SE, Hankinson, ND 58041 (701) 242-9898 Home (701) 899-4595 Cell Located right off I-29, near Fargo, ND, an easy location for overnight stable horses, trail ride guests and/or B&B. We offer 80,000 acres at 3 nearby locations for a splendid spectrum of variety for our trail rides such as: forested hills, sand dunes, and wildlife. Daily trail rides, or custom lessons and vacations are available using your horse or our horse rentals at an economical fee. Beautiful and kind horses are offered for sale. We specialize in gaited Tennessee Walking Horses and Quarter Horses.  

NAARD CREEK RANCH Harry & Maureen Olson HC01-Box 32 Killdeer, ND 58640 701-863-6911 – 800-511-0434 www.naardcreek.com lolson@pop.ctctel.com We would like to welcome you to come visit us at Naard Creek Ranch for a relaxing slower-paced lifestyle. Our cabin is a two-bedroom lodge equipped with modern conveniences for your comfort. Want a little more adventure and a sample of western North Dakota culture, you’ll find many Opportunities such as the Little Missouri State Park or Theodore Roosevelt National Park – North and South Units.  

Sully Creek State Location: 3 miles South of Medora access from Interstate 94. Located at the head of the Maah Daah Hey trail system, with connecting trails to Theodore Roosevelt National Park and National Grasslands along the Little Missouri River. Facilities: primitive horse camp, corrals, water, tables, and fire rings 

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New Mexico Parks, Campgrounds, and Trails

We all love taking the horses out locally, but the best part of owning a horse is the opportunities for adventure. Luckily, the United States is full of horse-friendly outdoor recreation areas perfect for the occasional day trip or longer vacation. We are producing a series to bring you information about the horse-friendly parks, campgrounds, and trails across the United States. 

Oliver Lee Memorial State Park 409 Dog Canyon Road Alamogordo, NM 88310 505-437-8284 Location: 10 miles south of Alamogordo on US 54. Horseback riding and camping There are no designated trails Rio Grande Nature Center 2901 Candelaria Rd. NW Albuquerque, NM 87107 505-344-7240 Acres: 270 Day use only.  

Brantley Lake State Park PO Box 2288 Carlsbad, NM 88221 505-457-2384 Located: 12 miles north of Carlsbad on route 285 Fees No potable water. Clayton State Park 141 Clayton Lake Road Clayton, NM 88415 505-374-8808 Located 15 miles north of Clayton on NM 370. Horseback riding is permitted on the north trail and the north camping area. 

Elephant Butte Lake State Park PO Box 13 Elephant Butte, NM 87935 505-744-5421 Location: Seven miles north of Truth or Consequences on I-25. 

Horses Sumner Lake State Park HC64 Box 125 Fort Sumner, NM 88119 505-355-2541 Directions: Off I-84, take state road 203 for 6 miles, turn right before crossing the dam, drive past the east campground and past the second cattle guard. Users: horse, hike Camping in the Alamogordo Creek campground Glenrio Welcome Center (shared by Skip Clayborn, Michigan/Utah) Located on the NM & Texas border off of I-40 Pens and water.  

Coyote Creek State Park PO Box 1477 Guadalupa, NM 87722 505-387-2328 Location: 14 miles north of Mora on NM 434. Users, hike, horse  

Murphy Lake State Park PO Box 1477 Guadalupa, NM 87722 505-387-2328 Location: Four miles south of Mora via NM 94, seven miles west of Ledoux. Primitive use area. No water  

En Sueno Bed & Breakfast and Rocking Horse Stables 3505 W. Alabama, Hobbs, New Mexico 88241 (505) 392-9347 Fenton Lake State Park 455 Fenton Lake Road Jemez Springs, NM 87025 505-829-3630 Location: 33 miles northwest of San Ysidro on NM 44 and NM 4. Horses are allowed in designated campsites (#11, #25, & #28). Users: hike, horse  

Tumbleweed Equestrian Center – Boarding-Training-Horse Hotel P.O. Box 628, Las Vegas, NM 87701 (505) 454-8377 or (505) 799-8511 for reservations. E-mail: info@tumbleweedequestriancenter.com Location: We are located right off of I-25, exit 347. Description: Indoor stalls, stalls with runs, trailer parking, 4 camper hookups (coming soon), guest house, several motels within 2 miles from stables. Cost is $15.00 per night for stall, $12.00 per night for panel runs. Prices include 2 feedings of high-quality hay, good water and clean pens. High standards for a healthy environment. Trailer/LQ hookup $25 per night or stay at our doublewide guest house: $65.00 per night. Health papers incl. negative Coggins required. 

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Nevada Parks, Campgrounds, and Trails

We all love taking the horses out locally, but the best part of owning a horse is the opportunities for adventure. Luckily, the United States is full of horse-friendly outdoor recreation areas perfect for the occasional day trip or longer vacation. We are producing a series to bring you information about the horse-friendly parks, campgrounds, and trails across the United States. 

Soldier Meadows Guest Ranch Soldier Meadows Rd, Gerlach, NV 89412 (530) 233-4881 Fax (530) 233-1183 Dating back to 1865 when it was known as Camp McGarry, this historic cattle ranch lies in the Black Rock Desert about three hours north of Reno, Nevada and 60 miles beyond Bruno’s Country Club in Gerlach, Nevada. Soldier Meadows is a family owned working cattle ranch with over 500,000 acres of public and private land to enjoy. The ranch headquarters includes the main lodge, refurbished stone house (the original cavalry officer’s quarters, now our ranch foreman’s home), rock stables, and willow corrals. The park-like lawns and natural hot springs are truly an oasis in the Black Rock Desert. Horseback riders can work with the cowboys, take trail rides to track wild mustangs and other wildlife, or ride out to the natural hot springs for a soak.  

Beckridge Ranch Dick & Gina Beck 8375 Gilespie Street Las Vegas, NV 89123 Tel: 1-800-704-8127 Facilities: Covered stalls, shed row, arena, round pen, wash rack, hay available, limited trailer hookups. Location: SW Las Vegas, easy access from I-15, Exit 33 (Blue Diamond exit), rural neighborhood close to strip, motels, casinos. Convenient to Thomas and Mack Center. NFR contestants welcome 

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