The Cleveland area is full of adventure and horseback riding is a great way to connect with nature. Enjoy the serene sounds of Ohio birds and the crisp breeze while galloping through the woods. To get out there, check out these great places for horseback riding.
South Chagrin Reservation
Bentleyville, OH 44022
South Chagrin Reservation is a part of Cleveland Metropark’s Emerald Necklace and provides an opportunity to get away from it all without leaving your home comforts behind. The trails cross peaceful creeks, pass beautiful views and feature delicate wildlife. Plus, there are modern conveniences like clean rest areas, picnic spots, shelters and an informative arboretum. The four trails, which average 15 miles each, are the perfect place to take your horse out for a spin.
11921 Parkview Road
Brecksville, OH 44141
Brecksville Stables is located on the neck of the Metropark’s Emerald Necklace and was created to keep this historic property available for community use. It has been in business for over 40 years and strives to keep the history and love of horses alive in the modern era. This down-to-earth stable serves as a center of the community by offering clinics, training sessions and other education opportunities. Brecksville is a full-service stable with peaceful and beautiful trails.
Bear Creek Resort Ranch
3232 Downing St. S.W.
East Sparta, OH 44626
Bear Creek Resort Ranch is nestled in a family-oriented campground that provides much more than a place to pitch a tent and use an outhouse. Take advantage of the experienced guides here on trail rides or send the kids to day camps that teach them how to care for horses, stay safe around them and ride properly. Before scheduling a trip, check the weight limits to ensure qualification. Bonus: the ranch’s many events, from Western Days Roundup to Wet ‘N Wild Weekend, will keep the whole family busy.
11339 Butternut Road
Chardon, OH 44024
Be enchanted by the flutter of butterflies while riding through the smooth but yet difficult trails that circle through creeks, meadows and shady woods. Meadowlane Farms is a privately-owned farm that takes pride in its horse expertise. It offers a unique trail riding experience that includes camping and meals. If a multi-day experience isn’t for you, relax with a catered picnic while twisting your toes in the lush Kentucky blue grass. Meadowlane Farms will provide a challenging adventure or a delightful ride — or both.
Wetmore & Riding Bridal Trails
15610 Vaughn Road
Brecksville, OH 44141
Enjoy the beauty of a variety of hardwoods, marshes, streams and wildlife. These five different loop trails on the east side of the Cuyahoga River were transformed from old logging roads and wind through lush woods. Wetmore provides convenient large parking lots and hitching areas to ensure safety for the horses and prevent overcrowding. Start with Wetmore Trail, a four-mile loop that will take about two hours to complete.
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