(Crawfordville, GA): 12 miles of nice, wooded trails. Park visitors can ride their own horses on trails at A.H. Stephens, Hard Labor Creek, F.D. Roosevelt, Fort Mountain, General Coffee and Watson Mill Bridge state parks. Some have stall rental, riding rings and designated camping areas for horse owners. Riders pay a fee to use equestrian trails. To rent horses for short rides or overnight excursions, visit the privately operated stables at F.D. Roosevelt and Fort Mountain state parks. There is a $2 parking fee, $5 riding fee for day riders and if camping, an additional fee per night, per trailer. Phone 706-456-2602. Directions: From Athens and Watkinsville, GA take Hwy 15 to Greensboro. Get on I-20 East and get off at exit #148 - Crawfordville, GA. Go left on Hwy 22 about 2 miles to a 4-way stop. Take a right at the junction onto Hwy 278. Go approx. 1 mile into Crawfordville. At the red light go left onto Park St. Go under RR trestle. At dead-end, turn left onto Monument St. Take the 1st right on Alexander St into the park. Follow signs to check-in station. For more information see the A. H. Stephens State Parks Website
Bull Mountain, Turner Creek, and Jake Mountain
(Dahlonega, GA): This trail system includes 45 miles of multi-use trails. Loops of varying length are from 4.5 to 20 miles, offering a wide variety of scenery. Shoes on horses are recommended due to the rocks and terrain. There are several creek crossings offering horses a place to drink. They are mostly shady trails with several steep climbs. Trails are shared with bikes and hikers. There are primitive campsites at the Jake Mountain trail head only. These campsites are on a first come basis. There are no facilities or water at these campsites. There is room at Bull Mountain for about 15 trailers to day park only. There is room at Jake Mountain for about 15 trailers to park or camp. There is a $3 or $5 day ride fee at each parking site. Campsites at Jake Mtn. are $15 per night, per trailer. NOTE: Be sure to bring water for drinking and for horses. There is no water or facilities in the camping area. (Total of 15 sites) Directions: From Dahlonega take Hwy 52 W and go approximately 9.1 miles to Nimblewill Rd on the right, right past the #5 mile marker. To go to Jake Mtn parking and camping area, take Nimblewill Rd and go 1.7 miles to Jake Mtn campground, located on the right between Hwy. 52W and FS Rd. 28-1. To go to Bull Mtn parking area, continue on to the Niimblewill Church (2.2 miles). Just before reaching the church, turn right on FSR 28-1 towards Jones Creek and Camp Wahsega. After .3 miles, turn left onto FSR 83, indicated by parking signs. Parking lot is 1.5 miles on right on a winding gravel road. Make sure to hjave a good idea of your directions when you go out - here is a rough map.
Dauset Trails near Jackson
(Jackson, GA): 10 miles of trails. Horse Trails built with cooperation from Butts County Recreational Pathways, an organization dedicated to linking all of Butts County with a system of multi-use trails. For more info, call Jim Herbert at Butts County Rec. Department - (770) 775-8229 or E-mail theRecreation Dept. Trails are open from sunrise to sunset, provided you sign the Trail Users Release form located at the Trail Head Parking kiosk. Directions: South on I-75 to exit 212 toward Locust Grove/Hampton/Jackson. Turn left onto Bill Gardner Pkwy and then turn right onto GA-42 S/US-23 S. Turn left onto W 3rd St, turn right onto S Mulberry St, and then a slight left onto Brownlee Rd. Turn left onto Lake Clark Rd, and your destination should be on your right.
Dawson Forest Trails
(Dawson, GA): The Dawson Forest City of Atlanta Tract is a 10,130 acre forest owned by the City of Atlanta and managed by the Georgia Forestry Commission. Horseback riding is allowed on designated trails only. Riding is not allowed during firearms deer hunting days and not before 10:00 a. m. during deer archery and spring turkey hunting days. Vehicles towing trailers must park at the trailhead parking area near the Main Gate on Dawson Forest Road. A trail user fee is required. A daily fee can be deposited in a collection tube at the trail head or an annual pass can be obtained from the DNR Wildlife Resources Division NE Georgia office. All collected funds are used in trail maintenance and management. Directions: Take Hwy 400 North or South depending upon starting location to the Dawsonville Outlet mall Red Light. (Turn Left (West) if traveling North or Right (West) if traveling South onto Dawson Forest Road.) Continue straight for approximately 3.8 miles until the intersection/stop sign. Proceed straight through intersection for approximately 1 mile to South entrance gate. Proceed through gate and Parking Area/Trailhead will be just ahead on the right.
Dry Creek Equestrian Trailhead
(Chatsworth, GA): 26 scenic miles of U.S. forest hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding awesomeness. The Conasauga Ranger District covers the western third of the Chattahoochee National Forest. A diverse set of landscapes make up the Conasauga district, from the ridges and valleys west of Interstate 75 to the Cohutta Mountains northeast of Chatsworh, GA. This part of the forest offers some of the best scenery and outdoor recreational activities in north Georgia. Address: 1755 Cleveland Highway, Gainesville, GA 30501. Phone: 770 297-3000 Directions to Dry Creek Equestrian Trailhead: Take Exit 320 on I-75; follow State Highway 136 west about 14 miles to Villanow, Ga. At the intersection with Highway 201, turn left onto East Armuchee Road (County Road 705) and go about 7 miles. Just past the signed Manning Mill Road, turn left onto Forest Road 226 and follow the signs to the Dry Creek Trailhead.
Estelle Campground in Pigeon Mountain WMA
(LaFayette, GA): Wildlife management area with perhaps 100 miles of trails for hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking. Camping allowed in Estelle campground or other designated areas only. There is water along the trails for watering horses. Trails are multi-use to be shared with hikers and bicyclists. A trail map is available at www.pigeonmountain.org. There is no riding allowed during deer hunting season. Contact for information: Archie Butler 706-539-2831 or Cindy Day 706-539-1060. Directions: From Atlanta take I-75 north to the 2nd Resaca exit. Take a left onto Hwy 136 west. Stay on 136 all the way to LaFayette. Be cautious going over the mountain ridges on 136. Go into downtown LaFayette. When you get to the center of town, turn left at red light. Go to 2nd red light, turn right onto Hwy 193 (west). From this turn, go about 7 miles. You will go over another mountain ridge before the campground. There is a brown sign for Estelle Campground on the left. Camping area is a fescue field with a gravel road going in a circle through it.
General Coffee State Park Horse Camp
(Douglas, GA): One of southern Georgia’s “best kept secrets,” this park is known for agricultural history shown at Heritage Farm, with log cabins, a corn crib, tobacco barn, cane mill and other exhibits. The park offers 13.4 miles of equestrian trails. Ride-in campsites are primitive, offering exceptional privacy surrounded by nature. Drive-in campsites offer nearby water spigots, pit toilets, grills, fire rings and picnic tables. Stables are not provided. Drive into sites feature water, pit toilets, grills, picnic tables and all of your favorite campground fun. Rules of Stable & Equestrian Trail Use. Contact park for horse camp reservations 912-384-7082. Directions: On Hwy. 32 about 5 miles East of Douglas. Well-marked entrance to ranger station for check-in, horse camp about another mile east, first left past river, locked gate, get combo at ranger station.
Georgia International Horse Park
(Conyers, GA): The more than 15 miles of horse trails at the Park offer scenic views of the former Olympic Endurance Course, and wind through wooded areas blended with open pastureland and streams. Varied trail lengths and links between trails allow you to choose your route and tailor your ride. The course is open for public riding and organized group trail rides. Trails are a great way to enjoy a day of trail riding and explore the natural beauty of the park. Please note that you must bring your own horse. We do not stable horses for rental on trails. A large map of the trails is posted at each trail shelter as well as individual maps for you to take on your ride. Trails are open from daylight to dusk. On occasion, trails may be closed due to other events occurring at the Park. Please make sure you check the calendar of events on this website for dates the trails are closed. There is no fee to ride the trails. Directions: Take I-20 East towards Augusta and get off at exit 82 for GA-20/GA-138 toward Conyers/Monroe. Turn left onto GA-138 E/GA-20 E/Hwy 138 SW and then a right on Centennial Olypmpic Parkway. Phone: 770-860-4190 - Address: 1996 Centennial Olympic Parkway, Conyers Georgia 30013 - Georgia International Horse Park Website.
Hard Labor Creek State Park
(Athens, GA): While this park may be best known for its golf course, it also offers a wide range of recreational opportunities in a beautiful wooded setting. A lakeside beach is popular with swimmers during summer months, and more than 24 miles of trails are available for hikers and horseback riders. Horse owners even have their own private camping area near stalls. Rolling terrain, mostly wooded, well-marked trails. Other overnight guests can choose from fully equipped cottages or a modern campground. 30 Horse Stalls ($18), Riding Ring and 11 Equestrian Campsites. Barn is enclosed with a locked fence for security - you'll have the combination. Campsites have a level tent site, table, grill-some have hook-ups, some are pull-throughs. Showers/flush toilets provided. Directions: 2 miles north of Rutledge. Take I-20 exit #105 into Rutledge and proceed 3 miles on Fairplay Road. Reservations (800) 864-7275, Park (706) 557-3001
Iron Mountain Trail near Cottonwood Patch
(Ciscoe, GA): 12 miles loop horse and hiking trail. After crossing over into Tennessee where it merges with the Conasauga River trail, the trail makes a large loop back towards Cottonwood Patch campground. Other trails accessible from Cottonwood Patch include Beech Bottom (4 mi), East Cowpen (7 mi), Hickory Creek (8 mi), Horseshoe Bend (3.5 mi),Sumac (12 mi) and Rice Camp (4 mi). Steep mountain climbs and downhills, rolling terrain, easy double track, and outstanding scenic overlooks. Two river crossings across the Conasauga River. Note: River crossings should not be attempted during periods of high water which occur after heavy or prolonged rainfall. Primitive camping is available at Cottonwood Patch. Fee charged for overnight camping. Hitching posts/water available for horses. No human drinking water. Toilets available. Day use only parking lot available at no fee. Address: Cottonwood Patch Campground, Cohutta Wildlife Management Area, Chattahoochee National Forest, GA. Directions: From I-75 north, take Hwy 64 to Hwy 411. Turn right on Hwy 411. Go to Hwy 2 (stone Cisco Baptist Church on left) and turn left. Go approximately 8 miles. Cottonwood Patch campground is on the left. Note: this is a narrow, sometimes steep, winding dirt road. Proceed slowly and carefully. Maps available through Cohutta Ranger District, Chatsworth, GA, 706-695-6736.
Newly Added - McIntosh Park
(Whitesburg, GA) McIntosh Park has four horse camping areas, no electricity or dump station. Water is available on site. 12 miles of trails. There is a $3.00 per horse charge for non-Carroll County residents. Riders must also share the trails with mountain bikes and they sometimes out number the horse riders. Lots of wildlife at this park, it is not uncommon to see large herds of white tail deer along the river bottoms early morning and late evening. Park is closed on Mondays, Hours are sunrise to sunset and camping is allowed along the river for horses. Camping on Fri. & Sat. nights only. $8.00 per campsite per night. Picnic table and fire ring at each camp site. Horses must be tied to trailer or high line. Directions: McIntosh Reserve Park is located 35 miles southwest of Atlanta along the Chattahoochee River and can be reached via U.S. Alt. 27 from Carrollton or Newnan and GA Hwy. 5 from Douglasville. Direct access to the park is provided by a county-maintained road that connects with GA 5 two miles west of Whitesburg, Ga. Contact: Daryl Johnson, Park Manager, Phone: 770-830-5879, email@example.com
Melon Bluff Nature and Heritage Preserve
(Midway, GA): Melon Bluff Nature and Heritage Preserve is one of the few privately owned nature preserves on the Georgia coast. The 3,000-acre preserve backs up to the North Newport River and offers more than 20 miles of trails through pinelands, coastal forest, and salt marshes that are open to hikers, bikers, kayakers, and horseback riders. History is also highlighted at Melon Bluff, with a former rice plantation on the property and a Civil War blockade-runner, The Standard, sunk at the bottom of the tidal river. Nature Center with exhibits and educational programs, 20 miles of networked trails, gift shop-bookstore, refreshments, restrooms, maps, equipment rental, and parking. Primitive restrooms on trails. Stabling of horses is available. Lodging: Palmyra Barn, Palmyra Plantation Guest House, and The Ripley Farmhouse. Directions: I-95 south from Savannah to Exit 13/76. Go east on GA 38 for 3 miles. Look for green Melon Bluff mailbox on right at 2999 Islands Highway. Nature Center and parking is on right. Melon Bluff, 2999 Islands Highway, Midway, GA 31320. www.melonbluff.com. Phone (888) 246-8188.
Watson Mill Bridge
(Comer, GA): 14 miles of trails, camping area, stalls, no horse rental. The regular campground is open seasonally from March 15 until November 1 with self-registration on a first-come-first-served basis. The equestrian campground and buddy sites, stables and log cabin bunkhouses are open year-round, with self-registration on a first-come-first-served basis. Picnic Shelters can be used on a first-come-first-served basis, but power is no longer available. The group shelter and pioneer campsites have closed. NOTICE: Horse trails open at 8 a.m. A current negative coggins test for each horse must be in the rider's possession. Rules of Stable & Equestrian Trail Use and Rules of Etiquette apply. Call Victoria Bryant State Park at 706-245-6270 for more information. Directions: 3 miles south of Comer off Ga. Hwy. 22. Covered bridge has 9-foot maximum clearance. Equestrian campers need to use the park entrance off Hwy. 72 in Cartlon, while traditional campers may use the park entrance off Hwy. 22 in Comer.
Willis Knob Horse Camp
(Clayton, GA): Here's Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest's most beloved horse-lover hideaways. The campground features camping for horseback riders, riding and hiking trails, and fishing in the nearby Chattooga River. Restrooms are accessible to people with disabilities. Willis Knob Trail is designed as one large 15 mile continuous loop. The Willis Knob Trail in Georgia combines with South Carolina's Whetstone Horse Trail to offer 27.5 miles of the most scenic horseback riding and hiking in the Southern Blue Ridge Mountains. Winding across deeply dissected ridges, the trails descend into the beautiful Chattooga Wild and Scenic River. Trails nearby open to hiking only are the 10.7-mile Chattooga River Trail and the 37-mile Bartram Trail. Horse camps and horse trails are available at this recreation area near the South Carolina state line. Rugged mountain scenery over trail that descends into the Chattooga River basin. This trail provides some of the most scenic horseback riding opportunities in the Southeast. Phone: 706-754-6221 Address: 9975 Highway 441S, Lakemont, GA 30552. Directions: From Clayton, Go east on Warwoman Road for 11.6 miles. Turn right on Forest Service Road 157, camping area is about 2 miles on the left.
* Endurance Horseback Riding.com does not endorse and is not directly affiliated with any of the organizations and other sites listed here.