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
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
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
New Hope Stables & Campgrounds
Mike & Simone Smith
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
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
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.