Best Horseback Riding East Coast

Paul Gonzalez
• Thursday, 31 December, 2020
• 7 min read

And as a team of longtime riders and horse lovers, we here at Blue Ridge Trailers know that heading out in search of new trails is half of the fun. So we wanted to share with you four exciting horseback riding vacations on the Seacoast that we discovered through our summer research.

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All the destinations on this list are on the Seacoast and have not been visited by Blue Ridge Trailers owners Rob or Donna Martin. Shangri-La Guest Ranch is known for its personal service, down-to-earth atmosphere and year-round trail riding opportunities.

The ranch is ideal for a family vacation, girl’s weekend, or business retreat. For the family you can enjoy: children’s programs, award-winning gardens, an exotic wildlife exhibit, free Wi-Fi, and all-you-can-eat meal packages.

We’ve also heard that the indoor water park is summer all year long at 85 degrees. After a long day in the saddle, the rooms at Southern Cross are all furnished beautifully and are decorated uniquely.

You can load your horse up or ride one of theirs over the beautiful 4,200 acre working cattle ranch. It’s trail riding at its best as you experience hills, creeks, woods, and pass along grazing cattle.

We’d love to learn about the places you’ve visited that your family enjoyed the most! Please feel free to share in the comments or on our Facebook page.

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Only two hours from Atlanta, we are located in the Blue Ridge mountain 4.8 Explore the beauty and serenity of Hatteras Island on horseback anytime of year at Equine Adventures.

Enjoy a leisure trail ride through the There are a variety of options for EastCoastriding vacations for both English and Western riders, ranging from historic BBS to resorts to ranches.

You'll trek the pretty Mad River Valley and the Sugar bush resort area an hour south of Burlington. Kayaking, swimming, clay bird shooting, hiking, tennis, and sand volleyball are a few of the other resort activities when guests aren't in the saddle.

Locally sourced ingredients make up menu items at the Highlands Dining Room, where everything from French Dip and Shepherd's Pie to Pan Seared Elk Loin and Roasted Salmon is served. Located outside Cooperstown and 90 minutes from Albany in New York State, B & B Ranch welcomes English or Western riders for equestrian training and trail riding vacations.

Open year-round, this equestrian vacation destination has indoor and outdoor paddocks, a lighted arena and eight miles of seeded trails. Riding trails lead into some Central New York's most inviting private land, with forests, pastures and plenty of space to explore.

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This riding vacation destination also features a full spa, indoor swimming pool and an observation deck for the horse training areas. This historic and picturesque farm in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains is a great pick for riders looking for diverse, short Western riding vacations and city folks who want a rural weekend escape.

Guests may stay at the Inn at Fairfield Farm, a historic bed & breakfast located near the center of the Marriott Ranch's 4,200 acres. This Virginia retreat, only an hour from Raleigh, North Carolina, offers year-round all-inclusive horseback riding vacation packages and day trail rides.

Special Cowgirl Retreats include horseback riding, wine tasting, fishing, shooting, archery, wagon rides and relaxing massages. You may choose from varied accommodations, including the log cabin, historic pack house or clamping tents for groups.

At only one hour East of Atlanta, Southern Cross Guest Ranch lets riders, who are accomplished enough trail, ride unguided from their stables through Central Georgia's Historic Heartland. But we’ve decided to buck tradition and bring more ranches into our herd of favorites.

There is a petting zoo, fishing pond, kids’ club, indoor and outdoor pools with waterslides, a climbing wall, daily activities, additional horsemanship programs, and so much more. Open year-round, this Seacoast dude ranch features an outdoor pool, kayaking and pontoon boating on the lake, fishing, clay shooting, golf, and sand volleyball in the warmer months.

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Mountain Top is the only Vermont resort that offers a full equestrian program. With a full-service spa and guest houses (some with as many as seven bedrooms), this Seacoast dude ranch is ideal for families looking for a luxury retreat among nature.

There is an indoor water park, mini bowling, soft play structures, a kids’ club, outdoor mountain tubing (in the winter and summer! With the daily family activities and nightly live entertainment, the kids will never get bored here.

Located in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, Riding Ranch Resort keeps things simple. Plus there are banana boat rides, kayaking, water skiing, beachside campfires, an indoor pool, fishing, archery and more in the warmer months.

The cabins are simple, but can accommodate families of five or more, and are all within walking distance to the beach, pool, horses and main lodge. This Seacoast dude ranch is great for all equestrian skill levels and all horseback riding is covered in the all-inclusive packages.

When the family isn’t horseback riding, there are wagon rides, ducks and chickens to feed, fishing, and campfires. This smaller, working ranch is situated a little more than an hour from Columbus and offers tons of hands-on horse experience.

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Along with trail rides across 800 acres, guests will learn how the horses are trained, groomed, cared for and saddled. While there are lots of other activities like tractor rides, berry picking, fishing, swimming and more, this dude ranch definitely centers on the horses.

Located just one hour south of Orlando, the West gate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo offers families tons of cowboy-themed activities and accommodations. Reviewed July 4, 2014, We went as a family group of 9, 6 adults and 3 kids, ages 5-8.

The children who were 7 and over could go on the trail rides, and the younger child could enjoy as many escorted pony rides as she wanted to, based on the times offered. The breakfast buffet had many selections, but you could also order an omelette to your specs if you wish.

Lunch also had selections from either indoor or outdoor buffet setup (with music outside) based on the day, and dinner was from a menu, with multiple selections. We also went on the banana boat, which I would recommend for older kids and adults.

Outdoor campfires on a couple of the nights (with marshmallows) were a hit too. Room tip: We were in 220-224, which gave easy access to the stables, playground, and pool.

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A little longer walk to the dining area, but still under a couple of minutes. Bathrooms were typical, but clean and stocked with plenty of towels.

Left 2 days ago after celebrating our now 5 yo twins' birthday’s?). Every time we go back they have either things that have been renovated or at least new plans in process.

Activities vary by season, weather and age, but if you can't find something to do there, you must be trying not to do anything. (also a great pastime, with beautiful trees and lawn chairs just right for curling up with a book outside or big couches by the fireplace inside if one of the other group activities is not going on in the main lodge inside.- in which case there are other rooms one can explore.

I especially want to praise the barn staff and child care staff.- The Wrangler's have done a very good job over the years with matching the older family members with horses that suit and build our riding skills. While our younger kids love going to the children's activity area so much that we sometimes have a hard time getting them to leave it -to go do other things around the facility.

This trip, the front desk, and restaurant staff also were key in helping us pull off a birthday party that hopefully the twins and other family members who were there will remember. Reviewed June 21, 2014, We went to Rocking Horse Ranch in April 2013 and vowed to come again.

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Place is still spotless, with some of the nicest, kindest and most warm staff you will find anywhere. Going in the summer the outdoor pool is open, and heated, and there is fishing and banana boat rides that are not running in April.

My 8 yr old daughter and I went during Senior week and there were a few loads of senior citizens and I really appreciated how the staff took such good care of the older folks, never loosing patience or being short with them. My daughter loved day camp so much she begged to stay.

I feel safe being here alone with my daughter and I just can't recommend this place more highly. Clean, well lit, garden like setting, surrounded by nice folks.

The outer rooms are fine, clean and serviceable, but the newer rooms in the main lodge are updated, have better pillows, more space and nicer bathrooms. Reviewed June 18, 2014, Three generations of our family recently had the wonderful pleasure of vacationing at the RR.

In fact, the grandchildren said that they much preferred the fun they had at the RR. There was so much to do ... & we already are planning our return trip to this vacation-land where the staff goes out of their way to make sure that everyone is having a good time.

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The food was healthy & delicious ... & the ice cream alone worth a return trip in & of itself. Our family has traveled a lot ... & it's wonderful to have the RR right in our backyard.

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