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Best Places to Go Horseback Riding near Charlotte, NC

Updated March 2023

Much of North Carolina seems custom-made for horseback riding, and the Charlotte area is no exception. There are trails for all levels, so you will want to know the best places to go horseback riding near Charlotte, NC. It is the perfect way to explore rolling hills and lush green forests in the verdant countryside. What a fantastic adventure for friends and family visiting the area!

Whether you are looking for a guided trail ride for yourself, or a lesson or pony ride for your children, we can point you toward the perfect match. Contact your choice of stables to reserve the best time for you and avoid disappointment.

In addition to horseback riding, the area is packed with fun outdoor activities to enjoy. If you want to learn more about the best things to do and see on your vacation to Davidson, download our Davidson, NC Vacation Guide. The guide is FREE and offers tips on restaurants you will want to visit, outdoor activities in the area, upcoming festivals, and more!

Here are our picks for the best places to go horseback riding near Charlotte, NC:


Places to Go for Trail Rides

Painted Sky Ranch of Mooresville

The name says it all. Painted Sky Ranch of Mooresville is a picturesque setting just 15 minutes from the Davidson Village Inn. The owners genuinely care about their horses and property. They offer lessons for children as young as six years old to adults. Riders learn everything there is to know about riding horses. There is also instruction in safety, horse care, and care of all the equipment needed to ride.

Let’s talk about the trails for a minute. Painted Sky Ranch is the perfect place to spend the afternoon exploring the trails. There are over 100 acres of well-maintained trails in the untouched forest, with creeks and pastures–truly nature’s playground. Happy horses make for a superb riding experience.

Country Time Equestrian Events

Country Time Equestrian Events is about a 40-minute drive from Davidson but has many choices for riders. They offer guided trail rides, arena rides, private rides, pony rides, carriage rides, and riding lessons. In addition, Country Time Equestrian Events prides itself on having many horse breeds available, such as Shetland Pony, Arabian, Percheron Draft, and Clydesdale.

Imagine putting together a party for your family and friends here or arranging a memorable carriage ride to create the perfect atmosphere to pop the question or celebrate a milestone anniversary.


Places to Go for Lessons

Lenux Stables and Riding Academy

Located just a short drive from Davidson Village Inn is Lenux Stables and Riding Academy in Huntersville. The staff at Lenux Stables offers lessons for ages four and up, and instruction can range from private to semi-private. In addition to riding lessons, Lenux offers camps and a competition team that competes in horse shows in the Southeast.

Horse Shadow Run

The dreamy setting of Horse Shadow Run Stables is 40-plus acres just outside of Charlotte. They can provide lessons on both English and Western styles, along with lower-level dressage. Horse Shadow has numerous experienced trainers that can get you started or bring your riding up to the next level.


The Ride is Just the Beginning

Once you have perused the best places to go horseback riding near Charlotte, you can plan your getaway by booking your room at the Davidson Village Inn. Riding is just one of the many activities you can plan during your stay.

You will find Davidson Village Inn about 20 miles north of Charlotte on Interstate 77. We offer 18 rooms and suites with five different room types. Whether you are traveling alone, as a couple, or as a family, we have rooms perfect for any of your needs. We’d love you to stay with us and become your home away from home. So come and enjoy a Davidson getaway.

We look forward to seeing you soon. Are you ready to get started? Then, take advantage of our Horseback Riding Special! Get exclusive discounts on your adventure just for being a guest at Davidson Village Inn!