Whether you are just visiting or have lived here your entire life, horse-back riding should be a part of your Kentucky experience. The state is known for its vast bluegrass, perfect for grazing thoroughbreds, but Kentucky is also home to many adventures you, yourself can try on horse-back. Along stone fence-lined country roads, deep in a gorge or atop deep caverns, get ready to explore Kentucky on four legs.
1. Big Red Stables - 1605 Jackson Pike Harrodsburg, KY 40330
With Big Red Stables, you can experience a lot of what Kentucky has to offer. A trail ride around their 200-acre farm on beautiful Tennessee Walking Horses is their feature attraction, but you can also explore nearby Eagles Nest and Shaker Village on horseback. For more info, call 859-734-3118.
2. The Stables at Creekside Glen - 366 Pay Lake Rd.
Partridge, KY 40862
Explore the mountains of eastern Kentucky with the Stables at Creekside Glen. You can either use their horses or bring your own to ride one of their diverse trails. Ride along an abandoned railroad track or on a ridge, overlooking the valley. For more information, you can call them at (606) 589-6910.
3. Double J Stables - 542 Lincoln School Rd. Mammoth Cave, KY 42259
Double J Stables offers one of the only opportunities to check out Mammoth Cave National Park by horseback. With over 85 miles of trails, the sky's the limit for adventure and they can even accommodate all levels of riders. For more info, call them at 270-286-8167.
4. Jesse James Riding Stable - 3057 Mammoth Cave Rd. Cave City, KY 42127
For generations, families have enjoyed the adventure of riding where Jesse James once roamed, robbed banks and hid out in caves. Jesse James Riding Stable offers experiences for riders as young as 2 and is the perfect family-friendly trail ride. Reach them at 270-773-2560.
5. Whispering Woods Riding Stables- 265 Wright Ln. Georgetown, KY 40324
Head deep into a lush forest with Whispering Woods. With miles of trails on over 250 acres, you'll experience flowing creeks, wooded hills and wildlife on a ride that is great for both beginners and the more experienced rider. Call them at (502) 570 – 9663 for more info.
6. Deer Run Stables - 2001 River Cir Dr. Richmond, KY 40475
Ride through the historic land of Daniel Boone with Deer Run Stables. Trained horses and experienced guides will lead you through fields and woods, all with picturesque views and just minutes from Lexington. Reach them at 615-268-9960.
7. Whisper Valley Trails - Daniel Boone National Forest, 5695 KY-52 Beattyville, KY 41311
Whisper Valley may just provide one of the most beautiful trail rides in the state. Located within the canyon system adjacent to Daniel Boone National Forest, this trail follows a creek where you will see waterfalls and caverns under a canopy of thick forest. To make an appointment, call 407-496-4507.
8. Kentucky Horse Park - 4089 Iron Works Pkwy Lexington, KY 40511
While visiting Kentucky's main horse attraction, try viewing it on horseback. The 35-minute ride will take you around the perimeter of the park so you can get a unique perspective of this Kentucky treasure. Call 859-233-4303 with any questions or for more information.
9. First Farm Inn Bed and Breakfast - 2510 Stevens Rd. Petersburg, KY 41080
Have a true personalized experience with horse-back riding at First Farm Inn. This bed and breakfast is a charming getaway on gorgeous property that allows you to relax while trying out a little adventure. The experienced staff will personalize a riding lesson for you and then take you on a trail to test your new skills. For more info, call 859-586-0199.
10. Clover Hill Farm - 2353 N. Middletown Rd.
Paris, KY 40361
Ride along classic fence-lined roads on a private trail ride with Clover Hill Farm. They specialize in an individualized experience, aimed at teaching you more than just how to stay on a horse. They will tailor your ride to your ability and interests and the scenery is spectacular. For info, call 859-444-5737.
11. Triple R Ranch - 796 Peter Cave Rd. McKee, KY 40447
Triple R Ranch is a horse-lovers paradise. Adventure awaits as you explore the rolling hills of southeastern Kentucky and the Daniel Boone National Forest. The ranch offers guided trail rides, but the ultimate experience is their Backcountry Horse-back Riding Pack Trip, the only of its kind in Kentucky. They provide almost everything you need for this extreme excursion, just prepare to become closer to nature. To learn more, call 606-364-2021.
12. Cable's Riding Stables - 632 Little Bend Rd.
Campton, KY 41301
Ride the trails with one of the friendliest guides in Kentucky. Visitors rave about the beautiful trails, well-trained horses and top-notch customer service. Schedule a ride today by calling (606) 362-5994.
13. Mammoth Cave Adventures - 1994 Roy Hunter Rd. Cave City, KY 42127
Experience the popular Mammoth Cave area by horseback. Ride the gentle trails with panoramic views of the countryside. This adventure is ideal for both first-time riders and seasoned equestrians. Book a ride by calling 270-773-6087.
Kentucky is known as horse country for good reason and the fun is not limited to the race track. Have you taken any of these horse-back riding adventures? Are there any we missed? Let us know in the comments below!