Best Bets for Trail Riding on Horseback in the Triangle
A horseback ride on a trail is a great way to get in touch with nature.
A horseback ride is a great way to get in touch with nature.
Photo courtesy of C & C Farm
A guided trail ride on horseback is a peaceful way to explore nature with kids any time of year. You don’t need to drive far to get to any of the farms listed below. Make sure to carefully read the requirements of the provider you choose and dress as required. Take note of cancellation policies and other rules and requirements as horseback riding does involve some risk.
Find Black Creek Hill Farms about a half-hour south of Raleigh in Benson. Hourlong rides and half-day rides are available. Kids must be 10 or older to ride alone and 7-9 year olds must ride with an instructor. Hour rides take place at the farm and half-day rides are typically off-premise and include lunch and travel to the site. Reserve your ride here or by phone. 6019 NC Hwy 50 N, Benson, 919-524-5096
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Ride through lush hay fields and wooded trails just 40 minutes northeast of downtown Raleigh. Groups max out at 8-10 riders, so everyone gets great guidance and attention. Riders must be at least 12 years old and participants between 12 and 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and wear a helmet. Call Brigitte at 919-630-7000 to schedule a ride at least 24 hours in advance. Note that this farm accepts cash only for rides. 1399 MC Wilder Road, Louisburg, 919-496-4201
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Spot deer, cranes and wild turkeys on the more than ten miles of trails to ride at Dead Broke Farm. Kids aged two and up can ride with a guide, and anyone aged six and up can ride on their own. Rides are available year round, seven days a week, including most holidays. One-, two- and four-hour rides are available. Do note that this farm accepts cash only for rides. Reservations are required. 6921 Wildlife Trail, Raleigh, 919-596-8975
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Rides here include helping the horses into the field, grooming them and getting tacked up to ride, and are available year-round. An attendant will accompany you on your ride on foot so you can focus on the fun of the ride and not worry about getting lost on the trail. Check out the menagerie of other animals at the farm: dogs, a llama, an emu, goats, pigs, guinea hens, geese, turkeys, bunnies and barn cats. Call or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your ride. 2309 Easy Horse Trail, Wake Forest, 919-229-9772
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Hourlong and half-hour trail rides are available seven days a week. All ages and experience levels are welcome. Buddy seats - special seats for children aged 2 to 5 - are available, and if you’re feeling nervous about your ride, trail guides are available to walk alongside you or a younger rider. Rides should be booked in advance as walk ups are not allowed. 704 Dogwood Hill Lane, Wake Forest, 919-528-7968
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