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Horseback riding in the blue ridge mountains is an activity all should consider doing at least one in their lifetime. The relaxation is almost unmatched. Being able to navigate your way through these mountains while riding a trained horse is worth the expense. Banner Elk North Carolina has several places you can go, as well as some of the surrounding counties if you are willing to travel about thirty minutes and see more of the area. Be sure to call wherever you go so you can be aware of the new covid-19 guidelines and you can be prepared with all you may or may not need. Since Covid all of us are itching for some adventure and to just get out of the house and get back to enjoying life again. Horseback Riding is a magical way to do that. Fresh air, scenery that will take your breath away, and creating a memory that will stick with you a lifetime! Below you will see a list with descriptions of some of the most notable places for you to be able to have this experience!

Banner Elk Stables
796 Shomaker Road

Located in the blue ridge mountains

If you are looking for a family friendly activity in Banner Elk North Carolina you have to check out Banner Elk Stables. The memorable mountain trails will instantly put your hectic mind at ease and the sense of serenity will be all around you. You will be riding your horse on the flanks of Beech Mountain. Beech Mountain is one you will hear about often due to its high notoriety. Take the time before your trip to google the history of these mountains, so while on your ride you can really become one with all that is surrounding you. While on your ride you will get to encounter several of that inhabits the area. The best part is when the wildlife is not afraid and they will sometimes be just feet away from you. Banner Elk Stables offers rides year round, so this is not just a summer adventure. Here they guarantee they will have the right horse for you that will fit your level of riding experience.

A fun fact about these horses is some of them have even been in movies on the big screen! For example, “For Richer or Poorer”, Shallow Hal”, “Cinderella”, “National Treasure”, and so many more. They also have what they believe to be Banner Elks only water buffalo named “Bruno” so be sure to grab a picture with him! He is friendly and loves all the attention he gets!


Elk Mountain Riding Company
136 Elk Mountain Rd, Newland, NC 28657

Located in the blue ridge mountains

If you are looking for a family friendly activity in Banner Elk North Carolina you have to check out Banner Elk Stables. The memorable mountain trails will instantly put your hectic mind at ease and the sense of serenity will be all around you. You will be riding your horse on the flanks of Beech Mountain. Beech Mountain is one you will hear about often due to its high notoriety. Take the time before your trip to google the history of these mountains, so while on your ride you can really become one with all that is surrounding you. While on your ride you will get to encounter several of that inhabits the area. The best part is when the wildlife is not afraid and they will sometimes be just feet away from you. Banner Elk Stables offers rides year round, so this is not just a summer adventure. Here they guarantee they will have the right horse for you that will fit your level of riding experience.

A fun fact about these horses is some of them have even been in movies on the big screen! For example, “For Richer or Poorer”, Shallow Hal”, “Cinderella”, “National Treasure”, and so many more. They also have what they believe to be Banner Elks only water buffalo named “Bruno” so be sure to grab a picture with him! He is friendly and loves all the attention he gets!

Elk Mountain Riding Company
136 Elk Mountain Rd, Newland, NC 28657

Newland is a small little area located about 10/15 minutes outside of Banner Elk, North Carolina. If you are wanting to explore the area and see what more it has to offer, traveling to Newland will give you just that. At Elk Mountain Riding Company you have an array of options. Not only can you do horseback riding but you can rent one of their beautiful mountain style cabins at a very reasonable cost. If you are from the city, waking up and sitting on the porch of your cabin and consuming yourself in the silent beauty around you is one of the best ways to wake up and let it set the mood for your entire stay. Elk Mountain is also open year round, and if you have not seen how gorgeous these mountains are filled with snow you need to make that happen for yourself. The horseback ride will last two hours, on the ride the horses will take a break and allow you the chance to grab some gorgeous pictures of your trip, this way you can remain in the moment while riding the horse and not fret over getting pictures to share with your friends. Elk Mountain Riding Company is a proud supporter of the military and offers a $10n discount for anyone who has served or is serving our fine country. Also, just a heads up, Children have to be eight years or older to ride, and adults must weigh no more than 240n pounds. Book your excursion with these guys and rent you a cabin, and lose yourself in all that these mountains have to offer!

Cannot find an available booking?

If you find yourself unable to get a booking at either of the two places listed above, you do have other options surrounding you. Banner Elk Stables and Elk Mountain Riding Company are going to be the two that will be closest to you if you are in the Banner Elk area. I am going to name one more for our list  that is at or around a 30 minutes commute to visit, which is not too bad and the drive to these places are very scenic and will give you a feel of more things for you to do on your visit.

Duch Creek Trails is located in Vilas, North Carolina. This is just minutes away from Boone, North Carolina. Their horseback riding will last around an hour and they also offer wagon rides etc. on the weekends. Dutch Creek is a nice fall back if you cannot get set up with the other two!

Horseback riding is a sure set way to make your whole family happy, and the prices are very reasonable. If you are looking for a fun date idea, or a way to keep your family loving their trip Horseback riding will definitely get you some points!

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