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All Horseback in the Bluegrass State
Your New Family Tradition
Even some of the best authors can’t describe the joy felt while horseback riding. The breeze, the sights, the feel of your new four-legged friend – and it doesn’t hurt to be in one of the most beautiful states in the country.
Kentucky is known for its amazing horses, and this vacation is your chance to saddle up and make a new friend. Trek through the endless miles of horse trails throughout the Bluegrass State – from urban parks to the endless paths of national forests. Choose from the inner-city stables of Louisville’s many parks and recreational areas, or take a small trip out of town to meet the “staff” of Little Big Horse Trails in LaGrange. Visit the 12,000-acre Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, or get on your boots for some adventure at Wrangler’s Camp in the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. Kentucky also plays host to the two-million-acre Daniel Boone National Forest – a complete haven for horseback riders.
Your options for horseback riding are as endless as the trails of the Bluegrass State. Take the family to Kentucky on this getaway, and find your new home on the trail.
Kentucky's Own Little Big Horse Trails
Found in northern Kentucky, LaGrange is a quaint town just 25 miles northeast of Louisville. Host to a charming downtown and several historic sites, LaGrange is home to the Little Big Horse Trails. Established in 2000, Little Big Horse has been a haven for horses and riders of all levels. This vacation season, saddle up and spend a day on horseback in stunning outdoor Kentucky.
No matter you’re level, you’re bound to have fun on these trails. New riders are given a quick introduction before heading out on the paths that course through this 500-acre farm. Hop on any member of the “staff” – be it Blue, Izzy, Charlie, or Baby Jake. Children of six years of age and older are welcome to hit the trails, and Little Big Horse is more than ready for birthday parties as well as other celebrations and reunions.
After a long day on the trails, check into the Best Western hotel in LaGrange, less than 10 miles from Little Big Horse. If you’re staying in town, mosey up to any Best Western hotel is Louisville’s expansive metropolitan area, including Bardstown, Frankfort, and Shepherdsville. Trust us, you'll need the rest.
Saddle Up Anywhere in Louisville
Horseback riding in Derby City – that’s a winning combination. There are plenty of opportunities to ride in Louisville, thanks to parks and inner city stables.
Louisville is known as Derby City thanks to the annual Kentucky Derby – a world-famous event held since 1875. For over a century, the first Saturday in May is reserved for the “Race for the Roses” – the last day of the two-week Kentucky Derby Festival. Found yourself in Louisville during the spring? Grab a big hat, and head to Churchill Downs for some old-fashioned thoroughbred racing in Louisville.
Head to McNeely Lake Park in southeastern Louisville for a short ride fit into the morning or afternoon activities. Open daily and throughout the year, the McNeely Riding Stables allow you to choose from a 30-minute trek to a two-hour journey. Hop on and see the beauty of this city park just south of McNeely Lake during a dazzling day in Kentucky. Another option is the Iroquois Riding Stables at Iroquois Park in southwestern Derby City, or Long Run Park’s riding stables in eastern Louisville.
No matter where you ride in Derby City, you can be met with a Best Western hotel in Louisville. Whether staying near Elizabethtown or Carrollton, or visiting friends and family in Clarksville or Shelbyville, a comfortable room is not far off. Soak up the sun and the convenience of Louisville this vacation on horseback.
Explore the Kentucky Horse Park
Set in the Heart of the Horse Capital of the World, the Kentucky Horse Park is a must-see.
Head to northern Lexington for an unforgettable experience this vacation. Since 1978, the Kentucky Horse Park has been a 12,000-acre horse farm and entertainment epicenter for horse lovers. Full of restaurants, exhibits and cultural centers such as the International Museum of the Horse, this park has it all for you and your family.
Saddle up for a guided, 35-minute trail ride of the edge of the park, or let the little ones take a spin on one of the Kentucky Horse Park’s many ponies. Horse-drawn tours are also available, guided by the steeds of the Draft Horse Barns, for a better look at this beautiful and expansive park. If you’d like to go beyond the limits of the park, try the Unique Horse Farm Tours – a three-hour van tour of the area’s many horse farms. You and yoru family won't miss a thing on this getaway to Lexington with the Kentucky Horse Park.
Remember, the park is just 14 miles from the Best Western hotel in Georgetown, and 15 miles from the Best Western hotel in Paris, Kentucky. After a fun-filled day on horseback, you can also choose from one of two Best Western hotels in Lexington, or stay in nearby Lawrenceburg or Frankfort. Your vacation is full of options, so make one of them the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.
Discover the LBL National Recreation Area
Make Kentucky your playground this vacation. Spend some time in the Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area – home to over 100 miles of trails for horseback riding thanks to the Equine Adventures at Wrangler’s Riding Stables.
Found along Ford’s Bay on the great Lake Barkley, this camp is a scenic and tranquil getaway for those looking to saddle up and ride. The camp gives you the option to bring your own horses, or rent one of their ready steeds. Open daily from April through October, Wrangler’s Camp encourages visitors to choose from destinations like stunning overlooks, wildlife spots, and historical sites as rewards for their rides. Twelve trail rides are available to guests of Wrangler’s Camp, ranging from just under two miles to nearly 20-mile journeys. Take advantage of a souvenir photo opportunity with the family, and soak in the beauty of the Bluegrass State on horseback.
Take your memories of horseback riding through the Land Between the Lakes with you as you travel back to your nearby room. Wrangler’s Camp is a 45-minute drive east from the Best Western hotel in Murray, and an hour’s drive west from the Best Western hotel in Hopkinsville. At the Land Between the Lakes, you'll learn that a getaway in Kentucky is best experienced on the back of your new four-legged friend.
A Getaway on Boone's Two-Million Acres
Explore this stunning national forest on horseback. Founded in 1937, the Daniel Boone National Forest is nestled in northern Kentucky on two million acres. Of course being a forest in Kentucky, horses roam the trails of the wilderness as much as humans do.
The Daniel Boone National Forest is full of trails, ranger districts and horse camps like the White Sulphur Horse Camp and the Barren Fork Horse Camp. Head to the Cumberland Ranger District for more than 100 miles of trail, or check out the White Sulphur Horse Camp for more fun on horseback. Journey down the five-mile Buck Creek Trail, or discover the beauty of the three-mile Cross Over Trail. Then make your way to the Stearns Ranger District for the Arabian Loop Trail – a four-mile trail passing a scenic overlook – and the three-mile North Flat Rock Trail. The Daniel Boone National Forest is also home to the legendary 269-mile Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail, sections of which are open to horseback riding.
Cities near the Daniel Boone National Forest include Monticello, Manchester, Richmond and Corbin – so wherever you happen to be riding, there happens to be a Best Western hotel. Take advantage of this convenience during your horseback adventures this vacation season in Kentucky.