Soothe and Saddle for Newbies
This package from Blue Ridge Mountain Trail Rides works for anyone, but can be especially appreciated by those new to horseback riding. You’ll spend an hour in the saddle meandering the streams and creeks within the forest. Afterward, head to TeaTree’s for a 50-minute aromatherapy massage to relax and soothe your muscles.
An All-out Adventure
If you’d prefer a whitewater adventure over a massage when your trail ride is over, then Blanche Manor should be your choice. Start with a 75-minute ride with a Blanch Manor guide through the shady forest of Copperhill.
Once you’re done, make your way to Ocoee Adventure Center for a Middle Ocoee rafting trip. This three-hour excursion takes you on a ride of America’s most famous section of class III-IV whitewater. (Note: This dual adventure is only available on weekdays.)
A Full Cowboy Experience
Appalachian Trail Rides offers couples and families a true cowboy experience with their Dinner Ride. You’ll take the horses on the trail for an hour before dismounting at the gazebo near the ponds on property.
Fish at the pond, listen to live music and take in the fresh mountain air as you gather around the campfire. Once the dinner bell rings, nosh on ribs, pulled pork or smoked turkey, with sides and dessert. Vegetarian and kiddo options available.