Riding facilities are an excellent option for people that do not own a horse but still want to enjoy the great outdoors on horseback. On a guided trail ride, an escort also modifies the trail ride to suit the skills of the party. Some stables rent horses unsupervised to experienced riders at an hourly rate.
Although many people consider Colorado, Montana and Wyoming legendary states for trail riding, Alabama has great potential as well. The following three trail riding facilities in Alabama are outstanding choices.
- Crow Mountain Guest Ranch, LLC: The guest ranch is a part of a new trend known as a shared ranch fractional ownership, which allows weekend wranglers to own a piece of the ranch, while enjoying the whole ranch. The ranch is located in Slipoff Hollow, near Stevenson, Alabama in the foothills of the scenic Appalachian Mountains. Guest housing is located in the barn. Horse rentals are available with 22,000 acres of trails for riding. The website is currently offline; however, reservations may be obtained by calling 256-437-3096 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Oak Hollow Farm: Located on the eastern shore of Mobile Bay, Oak Hollow Farm is just outside of Fairhope, Alabama. The farm is family owned and operated as an event or retreat destination. The employees welcome guests with southern hospitality to the 300 acre farm. Guests are taken by hayride to the barn and guided alongside ponds and creeks through wooded trails. Advanced reservations are preferred for trail rides.
- Star HB Farms: Star HB Farms is located atop Drake Mountain in Huntsville, Alabama. The scenic trail rides are lead by experienced guides. Rides are offered year-round with weather permitting. The stables are equipped to accommodate groups of up to 15 riders. Bonfires or cookouts may be added to expand the outdoor experience for groups. Reservations are required.
*Photo courtesy of Trail Riders by David Lewis at Flickr’s Creative Commons.