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 

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 


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 


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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