Best Horseback Riding in North Carolina

This list represents the most popular horseback riding in North Carolina. Use this list to plan your next North Carolina horseback riding trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

  • #1 Uwharrie National Forest

    11 Reviews

    Troy, NC

    Wonderful, woodsy circuit hikes are possible in Uwharrie National Forest, some of substantial length. Uwharrie and Dutchman’s Creek Trails form a figure eight that, when linked with forest roads ...
    •  several options miles
    •  Guide

    Wonderful, woodsy circuit hikes are possible in Uwharrie National Forest, some of substantial length. Uwharrie and Dutchman’s ...

  • #2 Pilot Mountain State Park

    3 Reviews

    Pinnacle, NC

    New Hampshire’s Mount Monadnock may have the gall to claim the name, but Pilot Mountain is the definitive monadnock in this state or any other. Pilot is an outlier of the Sauratown Mountains ...
    •  0.3-6.6 miles
    •  Guide

    New Hampshire’s Mount Monadnock may have the gall to claim the name, but Pilot Mountain is the definitive monadnock in this ...

  • #3 American Tobacco Trail

    4 Reviews

    Apex, NC

    If ever a trail could be described as being greater than the sum of its parts, it would be the American Tobacco Trail. The trail is one of many rails-to-trails projects nationwide—old rail lines ...
    •  2 to 3 hours
    •  5.75 miles
    •  Guide

    If ever a trail could be described as being greater than the sum of its parts, it would be the American Tobacco Trail. The ...

  • #4 Appalachian Trail

    8 Reviews

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC

    Appalachian Trail is a hiking and horse trail in North Carolina and Tennessee. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 33.4 miles long and begins at 6,600 feet altitude. Traveling ...
    •  33.4 miles

    Appalachian Trail is a hiking and horse trail in North Carolina and Tennessee. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National ...

  • #5 Chasteen Creek Trail

    9 Reviews

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC

    Chasteen Creek Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Swain County, North Carolina. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 4.1 miles long and begins at 2,370 feet altitude. Traveling ...
    •  4.1 miles

    Chasteen Creek Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Swain County, North Carolina. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National ...

  • #6 William B. Umstead State Park

    2 Reviews

    Raleigh, NC

    The park has 22 miles of hiking-only trails and 13 miles of “MUTs”—not dogs, but “multiuse trails” for horseback riding, mountain biking, and foot traffic (labeled “MUT” on the map). Three lakes ...
    •  0.6-9 miles
    •  Guide

    The park has 22 miles of hiking-only trails and 13 miles of “MUTs”—not dogs, but “multiuse trails” for horseback riding, ...

  • #7 Shining Creek Path

    6 Reviews

    Shining Rock Wilderness, NC

    Shining Creek Path is a hiking and biking trail in Haywood County, North Carolina. It is within Shining Rock Wilderness. It is 4.0 miles long and begins at 3,382 feet altitude. Traveling the ...
    •  4.0 miles

    Shining Creek Path is a hiking and biking trail in Haywood County, North Carolina. It is within Shining Rock Wilderness. ...

  • #8 Boogerman

    3 Reviews

    Waynesville, NC

    You might be a little wary of hiking a trail called “Boogerman,” but there’s no cause for alarm. Robert “Boogerman” Palmer, the former owner of much of the woodland you hike through, supposedly ...
    •  4 hours
    •  7.4 miles
    •  Guide

    You might be a little wary of hiking a trail called “Boogerman,” but there’s no cause for alarm. Robert “Boogerman” Palmer, ...

  • #9 Moses Cone Memorial Park

    1 Reviews

    Blowing Rock, NC

    More than 25 miles of road-width carriage paths wander lightly on the land, creating easy avenues for carefree strolls. At times, they corkscrew mysteriously—one section is called The Maze. These ...
    •  0.8-6.6 miles
    •  Guide

    More than 25 miles of road-width carriage paths wander lightly on the land, creating easy avenues for carefree strolls. At ...

  • #10 Deep Creek Trail

    5 Reviews

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC

    Deep Creek Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Swain County, North Carolina. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 12.1 miles long and begins at 4,760 feet altitude. Traveling ...
    •  12.1 miles

    Deep Creek Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Swain County, North Carolina. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National ...

  • #11 Silers Bald and Forney Creek

    2 Reviews

    Bryson City, NC

    It would be hard to pick a better two-night backpack than this one. You get to sleep in a backcountry shelter (everyone needs to experience it at least once) and at a backcountry campsite. You ...
    •  12 hours-Overnight
    •  20.4 miles
    •  Guide

    It would be hard to pick a better two-night backpack than this one. You get to sleep in a backcountry shelter (everyone needs ...

  • #12 Charlies Bunion and Bradley Fork

    0 Reviews

    Bryson City, NC

    This is a terrific three-day hike, encompassing much of what the Smokies have to offer. You spend half the time hiking on the high-elevation crest and the other half along headwater streams and ...
    •  2-3 days
    •  27.3 miles
    •  Guide

    This is a terrific three-day hike, encompassing much of what the Smokies have to offer. You spend half the time hiking on ...

  • #13 Shuckstack

    1 Reviews

    Fontana Dam, NC

    Shuckstack Tower is an old fire tower, one of few remaining in the park. At its base are the old tower-keeper’s cistern and the foundation and chimney of the cabin. For such a difficult and remote ...
    •  6 hours or Overnight
    •  11.9 miles
    •  Guide

    Shuckstack Tower is an old fire tower, one of few remaining in the park. At its base are the old tower-keeper’s cistern and ...

  • #14 South Mountains State Park

    0 Reviews

    Connellys Springs, NC

    South Mountains State Park is in the largest and loftiest of the mountain ranges that lie east of the Blue Ridge. The range sprawls across 100,000 acres in three counties, with 18,000 acres in ...
    •  0.6-9 miles
    •  Guide

    South Mountains State Park is in the largest and loftiest of the mountain ranges that lie east of the Blue Ridge. The range ...

  • #15 Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    0 Reviews

    Waynesville, NC

    Great Smoky Mountains is the country’s most popular national park. The distinction is more than proximity to nearby urban areas. This United Nations–designated International Biosphere Reserve ...
    •  several options miles
    •  Guide

    Great Smoky Mountains is the country’s most popular national park. The distinction is more than proximity to nearby urban ...

  • #16 Goldmine Loop

    1 Reviews

    Bryson City, NC

    At only a little over 3 miles long and offering a fine hiking experience far away from the big crowds in other areas of the park, it’s surprising that this hike doesn’t get more attention. Beyond ...
    •  2 hours
    •  3.1 miles
    •  Guide

    At only a little over 3 miles long and offering a fine hiking experience far away from the big crowds in other areas of the ...

  • #17 Laurel River Trail

    4 Reviews

    Madison County, NC

    Laurel River Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Madison County, North Carolina. It is 0.5 miles long and begins at 1,586 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.5 miles with ...
    •  0.5 miles

    Laurel River Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Madison County, North Carolina. It is 0.5 miles long and begins ...

  • #18 Bent Creek Trail

    4 Reviews

    Buncombe County, NC

    Bent Creek Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Buncombe County, North Carolina. It is 2.1 miles long and begins at 2,034 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.8 miles with ...
    •  2.1 miles

    Bent Creek Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Buncombe County, North Carolina. It is 2.1 miles long and begins ...

  • #19 Big Creek Trail

    3 Reviews

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC

    Big Creek Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Haywood County, North Carolina. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 5.2 miles long and begins at 1,735 feet altitude. Traveling ...
    •  5.2 miles

    Big Creek Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Haywood County, North Carolina. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National ...

  • #20 Big Fork Ridge Trail

    5 Reviews

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC

    Big Fork Ridge Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Haywood County, North Carolina. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 3.1 miles long and begins at 2,817 feet altitude. Traveling ...
    •  3.1 miles

    Big Fork Ridge Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Haywood County, North Carolina. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National ...