Horsemen's Campgrounds in Hocking Hills, Ohio

Horsemen's Campgrounds in Hocking Hills, Ohio
The Hocking Hills of Ohio is an area made for exploration on horseback. In this foothill location, the state begins to join the Appalachian Mountains. Visitors are treated to waterfalls, rock and cliff formations and preserved wooded areas. Many of the locale's natural attractions can be seen from equestrian trails and hiking trails that wind through state parks and forests and the Wayne National Forest. Riders can camp in primitive locations with adjacent trail access or in homey cabins with stalls for rent.

Three Reasons Farms Horse Camp

Guests of Three Seasons can select a stay in the bunk house cabin or at one of five campsites. The campsites come with water and electric hookups and two stalls. The cabin is equipped to be a home away from home, with TV, a kitchen and cooking equipment, stall and pasture use included. A shower house is available for campers. Access to the Hocking Hills State Park bridle trails is possible from the property. The park also holds nine hiking trails -- rated from easy to difficult -- and two mountain bike trails. Wayne National Forest has additional trails and equestrian camping 18 miles from Three Reasons.

Three Reasons Farms Horse Camp
17599 Cream Ridge Road
Rockbridge, OH 43149

Spotted Horse Ranch

Spotted Horse has a variety of accommodations from which travelers can choose. For a more comfortable stay, the ranch offers vacation cabins with amenities like a hot tub and fireplace. Primitive cabins are available with a wood-burning stove, or guests may opt for a bed in the bunk house. Finally, the management provides both primitive campsites and sites with electric service, water service and dump station access. Four people and horses are allowed per site. Any more requires an additional charge. Covered stalls are rented per-night. Bring your own horse and ride the trails all day for one low fee, or take the ranch's guided trail ride, with or without a special cowboy cookout.

Spotted Horse Ranch
17325 Deffenbaugh Road
Laurelville, OH

Hocking Forest Bridle Trails Campground

This state forest campground has 23 sites for horse campers. No reservations are needed or accepted for this location. Riders should know that potable water is not available on a consistent basis at the campground. Campers in this area have immediate access to the park's numerous bridle trails, which carry riders past points of interest within the forest. There is no additional charge to ride the 40 miles of park trails. Visitors can focus on riding locally, or join portions of the Buckeye Trail open to equestrian use. Mainly used for hiking, the Buckeye is a Millennium Heritage Trail, approaching 1,500 miles in length as it crosses Ohio.

Hocking Forest Bridle Trails
Hocking Hills State Forest
19275 S.R. 374
Rockbridge, OH 43149

Article Written By Alice Moon

Alice Moon is a freelance writer with more than 10 years of experience. She was chosen as a Smithsonian Institute intern, working for the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., and has traveled throughout Asia. Moon holds a Bachelor of Science in political science from Ball State University.

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