Horseback Riding in The Kentucky Wildlands

Welcome to the enchanting world of horseback riding in Kentucky, where the spirit of the American frontier is alive and well. Exploring the Kentucky Wildlands on horseback is a journey back in time while immersing yourself in the natural beauty and rich history of the region. Visiting equestrians will feel right at home with thousands of miles of trails, dozens of horse camps and many riding events.

So, whether you're an avid rider or a first-time adventurer, saddle up and let The Kentucky Wildlands captivate you on a remarkable equestrian escapade through rugged landscapes, majestic forests and rolling hills. From the cascading waters of Cumberland Falls to the awe-inspiring rock formations of Natural Bridge, the state parks in this area offer an array of unforgettable horseback riding experiences.

Even lodging caters to the horse crowd in The Kentucky Wildlands. Numerous bed and breakfasts provide on-site stables and horseback riding. The two Kentucky State Resort Parks with riding stables located in The Kentucky Wildlands are Carter Caves State Resort Park and Cumberland Falls State Resort Park (open from Memorial Day through Labor Day).

Carter Caves State Resort Park boasts a well-maintained network of horseback riding trails specially designed to cater to riders of varying skills. For those seeking a more informative and guided experience, the park offers guided horseback rides led by experienced trail guides. Knowledgeable guides share fascinating insights about the park's natural and cultural heritage as you ride through the picturesque meadows and explore caves. It's an excellent way to deepen your connection with the surroundings and learn more about the rich history of Carter Caves State Resort Park. Call (606) 286-4411 to set up a guided ride.

Situated within the heart of the Daniel Boone National Forest, Cumberland Falls State Resort Park is a true gem for horseback riding enthusiasts. Its network of trails winds through lush woodlands and meanders along the banks of the Cumberland River — offering a mix of terrain ranging from gentle paths perfect for beginners to more challenging routes that will thrill experienced riders. Whether you're saddling up for the first time or you’re an experienced rider, the park's well-maintained trails really do cater to all skill levels, ensuring a delightful experience for everyone. Call 606) 528-4121 to book a guided ride.

For those with a horse of their own, Carter Caves State Resort Park and Dale Hollow State Resort Park both feature campgrounds for horses and their humans to stay the night to get the most out of their wilderness experience. Independent riders and horse owners can also take advantage of numerous self-guided recreation trails without horse campgrounds — including Green River Lake State Park, Breaks Interstate Park, Dawkins Line Rail Trail, Redbird Crest Trail System, Yatesville Lake State Park and many more.

Horse Trails in Kentucky

Horse lovers may also marvel at the sight of free-roaming wild horses, which live on thousands of acres of former coal mining land near Hindman. The Appalachian Horse Project is a grassroots initiative protecting and revitalizing the region’s wild horse population — allowing these majestic creatures to continue shaping the landscape and cultural significance of Appalachia. The Appalachian Horse Project offers visitors guided tours to view the herd and enjoy Appalachian horse adventures.

So giddy up and let the rhythmic sound of hooves on The Kentucky Wildlands’ trails guide you on some unforgettable equestrian expeditions.

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