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.
Meramec Trail Riding Vacations
208 Thickety Ford Road
Bourbon, Missouri 65441
Set on the spring-fed Meramec River in East Central Missouri, Meramec Farm has been in the same family
since 1811. It’s a working cattle farm surrounded by wild country. Your ride begins at your cabin door!
Bring Your Own Horse
Horse owners are invited to join our tours. We provide lodging, picnic lunches, and a guide, stalls or pens
for your horses. Rates are 40 usd less per day if you bring your own horse.
We’re just 9 miles south of I-44. Even if you can’t stay and ride quiet lodgings are available for you and
your horses. Corrals 10 usd per night. Cabins rent for 75 u.s.d. per night for 2 people. 10. u.s.d. for
each additional person.
Royalty Arena, John Gunnett
9895 Cork Lane
Carthage, MO 64836
Location: I-44, exit 22 county rd 100, 1/2 mile north of interstate. Just 10 min.from Joplin, MO.
Facilities: 200+ stalls, 15 outdoor pens, 2 arenas indoor/outdoor, 4 holding pens, electric hookups, host
motel Holiday Inn of Joplin
Huckleberry Stables And Cabin Rental
Rick and Mary Bousfield
HC 60 box 258
Pineville, MO 64856
Huckleberry Stables sits in the middle of Missouri’s Huckleberry Ridge State Forest. Miles of trails.
Directions: Joplin, Mo Take Interstate 44 East to US 71 South (Exit 11). Continue about 45 miles on US
71 through Pineville, MO. Just South of Pineville is the intersection of US 71 and state highway K (on the
left). Drive four miles East on highway K to Huckleberry Stables. Look for our sign on the right hand side
of the highway.
A&T’s Northfork Wilderness Lodge
Alice and Terry Fitzgerald
HCR 362 Box 62B
Pottersville, Missouri 65792
Phone: 417 275 6081
They have a small wire corral for guests and five guest rooms. The beauty of the place is that they are the
only horse lodging facility in the area and they have direct access to the Wilderness Area in Missouri which
has trails in the Devil’s Backbone area ( 11 miles) and then there is direct access from the wilderness area
to the Mark Twain National Forest Willow Springs area which has 31 miles of horse multi use trails.
From West Plains take State Route “K” west 10.4 miles to State Route “KK”, turn right. Take “KK” west
3.6 miles to county road “HCR362”, turn right. Go 2-tenths of a mile until you spot several mailboxes on
your right as the road curves to the right. (Do not follow “HCR362” around curve.) At curve go straight
ahead onto a white rock drive (entrance to drive is located between wood shed on left and fence on right.
Submitted by Sharon Lesner
Golden Hills Trail Rides & Resort
19546 Golden Drive
Raymondville, MO 65555
Location: 90 miles East of Springfield and 160 miles South of St. Louis. Facilities: 5,100 acres, 300
campsites with electrical and water hookups, 900 horse stalls, restroom/shower facilities, lodging,
restaurant, gas station, convenient store, western store, exercise facility, tack store, farrier, and brier patch
New Liberty Horse Camp
Nancy & Beau Knight-Tilley
HC 89 Box 386
Winona, MO 65588
Phone: (573) 325-1292
Come explore the beautiful Mark Twain National Forest with your horse!
Our family farm is home to the New Liberty Horse Camp: we have electrical hook-ups for up to eight RV’s;
water; a bath house with separate hot showers and washrooms with flush toilets for “colts” and “fillies”;
and for the horses we have eight 10×10 box stalls, three paddocks, and hitching posts. A gate in our
fence opens into the Mark Twain National Forest, which provides approximately 100 miles of trails to
springs, streams, lakes, and caves! We’d love to meet you and your horse(s), and maybe tell you some
tales about life in Hawaii, which was our former home.