Best North Carolina Horse Trails

North Carolina has 18 horseback rides.

  October 3, 2018

Located in the US, the horseback riding in North Carolina offers over fifteen beautiful and scenic horse trail rides. The best North Carolina horseback riding based on popularity are considered to be Noland Divide Trail, Sauratown Loop, The Waterfall Loop, Canebrake Horse Camp, and Harmons Den Area. For a detailed trail description and printable trailhead map, just select a North Carolina horseback riding trail below.

Where Can I Ride Horses In North Carolina?


FEATURED:  Noland Divide Trail

  Asheville, North Carolina

  August 1, 2016

In the 521,000 acre Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Noland Divide Trail descends steeply through a sub-alpine spruce-fir forest with rosebay rhododendrons, flame azaleas, mountain laurel thickets, and stands of white pine. Following the crest of a razorback ridge, it runs along the divide that separates the drainages of Deep and Noland Creeks and is best ridden in a day from north to south, ending at Deep Creek Campground.

FEATURED:  Tsali Trails

  Asheville, North Carolina

  August 18, 2016

Southwest of Asheville and Bryson City, the famous Tsali loops are Left Loop, Right Loop, Thompson Loop, and Mouse Branch Loop. These trails are shared on alternate days with mountain bikers. There are two loops are open each day to the respective riding groups.

FEATURED:  Laurel Gap Trail

  Pisgah Forest, North Carolina

  July 16, 2016

East of Dillingham in the Pisgah National Forest, the Laurel Gap Trail is a 7 mile horseback riding route. The horse trail follows a gated road over Big Andy and Walker Ridges with nice vistas. There are several side trails including Staire Creek Trail, Walker Creek Trail and Elk Pen Trail.

FEATURED:  Moses Cone Memorial Park

  North Carolina

  October 3, 2018

Near Blowing Rock, the 3,500 acre Moses Cone Memorial Park has 27 miles of carriage trails open to horseback riding. The most popular route is the 20 mile Craftsman Trail loop.

FEATURED:  Panthertown Valley Trail System

  North Carolina

  August 5, 2016

Near Cashiers in the Nantahala National Forest, the Panthertown Valley has 30 miles of horseback riding trails over 6,700 acres. It is known as the Yosemite of the East due to the number of granite domes and waterfalls.

FEATURED:  South Mountains State Park

  North Carolina

  October 3, 2018

West of Greensboro near Connelly Springs, the 13,000 acre South Mountains State Park is located in the heart of the rugged South Mountains. The park includes elevations up to 3,000 feet, a waterfall dropping 80 feet and more than 29 miles of horseback riding trails.