Posted on 1/20/2019

THE ABC’S OF HORSEBACK RIDING

There is nothing more enjoyable than unplugging form the digital world, saddling up on horseback, and heading out into the countryside. In Blue Ridge, forty percent of the county’s land is located within the Chattahoochee National Forest and has countless miles of trails to explore and enjoy. Fresh mountain air, beautiful scenery, abundant wildlife, and getting in touch with nature is what it’s all about. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced equestrian, one of the area’s local outfitters would love to show you our country side and provide you with a rewarding, memorable, and exhilarating trip.

APPALACHIAN TRAIL RIDES

A love of family and horses led to the creation of S&T Stables and then in 2017 they designed and created Appalachian Trail Rides at S&T Stables. Proudly providing trail rides on 250 acres of privately-owned mountainous farm land, visitors can ride through pastures on scenic trails and gallop around private lakes and cross creeks while seeing wildlife frolic in their natural habitat. The youngest family members can enjoy pony rides and anyone 6 years and older can enjoy trail rides. Luke and Blair of Appalachian Trail rides have created a Proposal Ride for blossoming love or Dinner Rides complete with a delicious meal and songs around the campfire!

CABIN SUGGESTION

Almost Heaven is a spectacular cabin set high up on a mountain crest. This three-bedroom three bath cabin is snug in the treetops of an enchanting forest that makes for natural framework around layered panoramic mountain views. Whether you wish to lock yourself away for a romantic or sentimental gathering or create a wonderful family vacation filled with adventure — Almost Heaven will have you on Cloud Nine.

BLANCHE MANOR

Year-round horseback riding adventures are available at Blanche Manor in Blue Ridge for all age levels and skill levels. Trail rides will take you through unspoiled scenery and take in views from three states – Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee. You can choose from a leisurely stroll through wooded trails or sign up for the City Slicker Special where you can learn how to barrel race or do an obstacle course on horseback! Complete with Sunset rides, pony rides, and full day experiences you will enjoy every minute of your time with Kimberly and her team of experienced guides.

CABIN SUGGESTION

Nestled amid the serene woodlands, Happy Trails extends a heartfelt invitation to families, encouraging them to embark on a journey filled with warmth, joy, and relaxation. Picture a place where stress is but a faint memory and happiness thrives amid the embrace of nature's beauty.

Happy Trails stands as your personal sanctuary, embraced by the tranquil mountainside. Here, not a single house disrupts your connection with the natural world. It's a genuine stress-free haven where you can unwind and replenish your spirit.

COHUTTA STABLES

Spend a half day or a full day riding trails through the Cohutta Wildlife Management area. This family owned and operated horse farm is widely known for training, boarding, sales, riding lessons, and outfitted trail riding in the Chattahoochee National Forest. They believe in the importance of finding a horse to suit your needs and skill level. Heather and her team will take guests on a thirteen-mile trip through stunning landscape. The ride takes a break at Jacks River Fields, a primitive campground, for a picnic lunch and a leg stretch, before picking up the trail and returning back to the stables.

CABIN SUGGESTION

If you're looking for a cozy, luxurious, peaceful, and private vacation spot, Changes in Altitude is perfect. This newly constructed cabin was built with love and attention to detail, with guests in mind. The goal was to provide you with everything you could ever want and need while enjoying a fabulous mountain view.

All details were noticed in the design and accommodations of the new cabin. Beautiful finishes and modern meets traditional elegance are evident throughout. The attention to detail is remarkable; you will feel pampered and well taken care of during your stay. The beauty of Changes in Altitude extends beyond the cabin's walls, with stunning mountain views visible from every angle. While you enjoy all the comforts of home, you can take in the magnificence of the mountains. Enjoy great outdoor amenities as well, including a fireplace, gas heather, a plethora of rocking chairs, a jacuzzi hot tub, and more.

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