Just a few miles from our beautiful mountain is an outdoor opportunity not to be missed. It's a magical place, 250 acres of pasture, woods, creeks and ponds that you can explore via guided horseback called Appalachian Trail Rides.
Originally built to be part of an upscale housing community right before the recession, it sat empty for years until purchased by John and Natalie Tarpley. After investing much in restoring the horse barn for day riders, Blair and Luke Redlhammer were brought in from Florida, where they had a lifetime of experience riding, caring for, training and showing horses. The stables can accommodate riders ages 6 and up. There are pony rides for youngsters in the 2-5 age range.
Experience is not required, and their horses are gentle and 'know the drill.' After a safety review, you may set out on a one or two hour ride through winding paths and creek crossings, surrounded by gorgeous woodlands or viewing breathtaking vistas.
Looking for a unique way to pop the question or celebrate an anniversary? They are happy to arrange a ride to a beautiful gazebo, where you will find a rose, cheese and cracker tray, and sparkling cider.
If you have a large group they can readily accommodate you with advance reservation, and will even do a dinner ride with barbecue, s'mores, campfire and music.
They closely monitor weather conditions for guest safety and will work with you to reschedule should riding become difficult or dangerous.
Being horse owners ourselves, we know there is no better way to see the mountains than via horseback. Let Blair and Luke and their fine team of guides take you on the adventure of a lifetime on your next visit to the mountains!
Rides start at $35 for 1 hour and $65 for 2 hours per person. Reservations required. Please see appalachiantrailrides.com for additional information.