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Discover Ohio by Horseback

Late summer is the perfect time to see Ohio they way the first settlers did – on horseback. Riding through rough country, crossing streams and spotting glimpses of wildlife are just a few of the thrills you’ll experience. And if rastling cattle is more your speed, a great wild-west horseback resort will give you just the excitement you’re looking for.

Smoke Rise Ranch Resort, nestled in the hills around Glouster, gives riders a taste of the old west and the famed cowboy life-style. The resort is a working cattle ranch that offers guests an opportunity to experience the adventures of the west.

You can take part in the cattle drives, team penning, cow cutting and guided trail rides, or just ride at your leisure. Learn natural horsemanship, starting and development of colts, working cattle, roping and more.

Several family vacation packages are available including a week-long vacation or a weekend getaway, and all levels of experience are welcome. One weekend package includes two nights stay in a rustic cabin, full use of facilities and horses, and two days full of exciting activities.

The Guggisberg Swiss Inn, located in the heart of Amish country, is another great place to jump into the saddle. Trail rides are offered throughout the year, and riders can explore Amish country from an authentic perspective. Holmes County is home to the world’s largest Amish community as well as a 29-mile bridle path cutting through the area from Brinkshaven to Fredericksburg.

Uncle Buck’s Riding Stable offers three great rides in southeast Ohio’s Hocking Hills region ranging from an hour to a half-day. Adjacent to the horse-friendly Zaleski State Forest, the stable also has a dance barn and saloon offering food and beverages. Spectacular scenery, including pristine streams and dazzling waterfalls, awaits riders in this unspoiled natural region.

Horseback riding is also permitted in many Ohio state parks, where more than 400 miles of bridle trails intertwine throughout the state. Seventeen state parks have horsemen’s camps. Visit the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for more bridle Trail information.

 

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