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“Asheville’s Premier Horseback Riding Destination” 

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We are located on a secluded ranch minutes north of Asheville, North Carolina that has been in the family for four generations. Our picturesque trails pass through the high country, scenic mountain meadows and wooded areas of Madison County.

“Fresh mountain air, breath-taking scenery”

Fresh mountain air, breath-taking scenery and an old fashioned down-home friendliness greet you when you visit family-owned Sandy Bottom Trail Rides.

“Perfect for people of all ages and horseback riding abilities.”

Our rides are perfect for people of all ages and horseback riding abilities. We have no age limit, a 250 lb weight limit, and are flexible to meet your needs. Horseback riding at Sandy Bottom Trail rides is relaxing and safe! We have horses in our stable to match every guest’s size and riding ability. All rides are accompanied by friendly, experienced trail guides.

One Hour Horseback Ride

Looking for a nice relaxing yet unique way to view the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina? Try a horseback ride through the beautiful mountains on our private ranch. Enjoy a gentle ride with one of our experienced guides and soak in the amazing panoramic views. An enjoyable ride for all abilities.
$70 Reservations needed

Two Hour Horseback Ride

Want to spend more time in the saddle? Then try our 2 hour horseback ride. Start your ride along the same breathtaking trails of our 1 hour ride but continue on futher up into the beautiful hillside. You don't want to forget your camera to capture the spectacular views.

$95 Reservations needed

Three Hour Horseback Ride

Our most popular ride is the 3 hour horseback tour. After leaving the stables enjoy a ride over the hilltops for about one hour. After a nice relaxing ride we will stop at Little Pine Gem Mine allow our guests the chance to find some gems digging in the tailings. After the break we will continue on the trail high up into the mountains where you catch a view of Big Ball Mountain and Tennessee. After taking in the spectacular views will continue back down the trail ending at the stables.

$140 Reservations needed

It is not hard to see why my great grandfather settled in this location over a hundred years ago! You will never forget your North Carolina horseback riding experience at Sandy Bottom trail rides.




It is not hard to see why my great grandfather settled in this location over a hundred years ago! You will never forget your North Carolina horseback riding experience at Sandy Bottom trail rides.




Customer Reviews

Charleston Kayaking Review

I would also recommend the 3 hour tour. Trails gave you plenty of different types of terrain but nothing too challenging. My 8 yo daughter had no problem on her own and was matched well with the horse as was I. We unfortunately could not go into the gem mine but there are still plenty of garnet in the tailings around mine. The horses seemed to be well taken care of and they seems to be pretty organized there. - Matthew S.

Sandy Bottom Trip Advisor

Terms of Service

We are currently open for business and following North Carolina safety guidelines.

TOS: Cancellations must be made 24 hours in advance of the scheduled reservations, or you will be charged in full.

Please arrive at least 30 mins early. If you arrive after your start time your tour may be cut short.

More Info

IMPORTANT! Make sure you include the city name and/or zip when you search for us using GPS. The street address by itself could refer to us or to another establishment two hours from here.

* Children 5 years and under may ride double with a parent 1/2 price.

*Private rides for $20 extra per person

Directions & Hours


Hours of Operation
Open Mon - Sat 8:30am - 4pm| Closed Sundays
Except Holiday Weekends
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas & Easter Day

Contact Info

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1459 Caney Fork Road
Marshall, NC 28753

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