Why You Need to Spend a Day at Cedar Creek Riding Stables

Cedar Creek Riding Stables is a public horseback riding facility that’s nestled in the beautiful mountains of Lake Lure, North Carolina. Established in 1993, this family-owned and operated business offers a variety of outdoor activities for guests of all ages. Hop on a horse and enjoy a guided trail ride, or spend the afternoon fishing, picnicking, or gem mining. Whatever you choose, we promise that a trip to Cedar Creek Stables will leave you with lasting memories! Here are some of our favorite things to do there.

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Cedar Creek Riding Stables offers three unique trail rides for guests. The first is the Laurel Mountain Trail, which includes a one-hour climb into the forest, across creeks, and along trails lined with wild laurel thickets. The second guided ride is the Nettles Trail. This 1.5-hour adventure takes you through the woods and past a number of scenic fields. The Overlook Trail is the most popular ride and features a two-hour excursion on 350 acres of trails. You’ll even climb to the top of a mountain to enjoy the fabulous overlook view! Trail rides are available year-round from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Traveling with little ones? You’re in luck! Cedar Creek Stables offers pony rides for kids ages 8 and under. This short trail ride is lead by a staff member and ventures around a scenic 3-acre lake. Pony rides are just $10 per person.


Whether you’re an experienced equestrian or just starting out, Cedar Creek’s friendly and informative staff will help you ride like a pro. Prior to the ride, you’ll have a quick briefing on how to control your horse and how to be safe. Helmets are also available and must be worn by guests under the age of 16. Call (877) 625-6773 to make your reservations!


In addition to horseback riding, Cedar Creek Riding Stables offers a number of outdoor recreational activities for guests. You can search for treasure at the gem mine, enjoy catch-and-release fishing on the lake, or host an event at the new Cedar Creek Pavilion. The Pavilion offers spectacular views of the barn and pasture and is available for birthdays, group events, family reunions, and more! Contact the stables for more information and pricing.


After a wonderful visit to Cedar Creek Riding Stables, take a short drive back to our bed and breakfast and unwind! Our historic property is located in Chimney Rock, NC, and provides luxurious accommodations and excellent amenities for guests. Experience amazing views from our inn rooms, or stay in one of our spacious and family-friendly cabins. We even offer a fabulous Mountain Adventure Package to help you save on your trip! Our package includes a picnic, two-hour horseback riding trip for two, and dinner for two. Reserve online with your room or call (828) 625-2999 to book your stay! We look forward to having you.

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