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The following are camps we have been to or have been recommended to us, most of these camps we have stayed in. Horse camping is easier than you think and with a little preparation you can travel cross country enjoying nature and seeing sites only possible  from horse back. Other riders are the best source of information and once you start staying in Horse camps the locals are a wealth of where and how's. On our last trip was to Gulf Port Mississippi we met Jane and her family; and they helped us with local info even watching our horse's so we could  see our son in New Orleans. We plan another visit over the 2002 Christmas  break. Any help I can be let me know, we have camped across this great land  for over 20 years and I love talking horses. Click the state you are interested in to see camps we have stayed in , in that state.


Michigan / Ohio / Indiana / Illinois / Kentucky / Tennessee
Alabama / Mississippi / North Carolina / Arkansas / Florida / Virginia

There are many horse camps across the state Contact Michigan DNR for information.

The Michigan Trail Riders Assoc. have done a wonderful job on this almost 300 mile trail system going from Oscoda to Empire MI. Camps are all rustic offering water and a place to picket your horse. Ranch Rudolph offers full facility. Traveling across the state from shore to shore offers more than just the 20 some miles per day you ride. A bus is available to take you back to your horses once you have jumped your rig to the next site. John is usually on hand for some good trail site cooking at a very reasonable cost and you just can't beet the folks . You can sign on for a weekend or the full trip. Membership in the Michigan Trail Riders is required before you can join the rides but the $30 fee gets you loads of maps news letters and more. The cost for the 2 week ride runs about $30/person.

Michigan Links & Info:

Michigan Horse Camps :

Waterloo Rated-5
Hills and valleys, loop trails, over 30
miles of ridding. Camp ground; is rustic $10/night for camping
plus state sticker. Located near Chelsea MI.           Trail Map
Ionia Rated-5
Near Ionia MI, water available approximately 15 miles of rolling trails.
Yankie Springs Rated -5
Located near Kalamazoo MI rustic camp some20 miles of trails.
Goose Creek Rated-6
Located center state nice camp ground and trails part of the shore to shore system.
South Branch Rated -6
Located near West Branch MI beautiful riding along the AuSauble River part of the shore to shore system.

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Virginia Horse Camps  

High Country Horse Camp
Troutdale: Hot Showers, Restaurant, Horse Shuttle, Water & Electric Hookups, Horse Wash Rack and much much more. Close to over 700 miles of trails in Jefferson National Forest in Mt. Rogers and White Top Mountain Area.
6866 Whitetop Rd., Troutdale Va. 24378. (540) 388-3992, (803) 581-7611 Joe & Cathy
  White Pine Horse Camp
Blacksburg Ranger Dist.110 S. Park Dr. Blacksburg, 24060 Ph 703-552-4641
Poverty Creek trail, 14 miles
White Pine Horse camp, Hilly, maps, Camping, 200 miles of trail.

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Tennessee Horse Camps

Big South Fork :
Oneida: 200 Miles of Trail plus another 200 in old logging and back country roads. Three facilities for horses.
1. Charit Creek Wilderness Lodge, PH 423-429-5704
2. Bandy Creek Stables, PH 615-879-4013
3 Station Horse camp and Bear creek Horse camp, have modern horse camps, Contact Brandy creek visitor Center.
Addr: 5602 Leatherwood Road, Oneida, TN, 37841. PH 615-879-3625
Saddle Valley Campground
Jamestown: Saddle Valley Campground is located on Hwy. 297, four miles east of the junction of Highways 297 and 154, just outside the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area.  Campground is located about 8 miles from Bandy Creek Campground. For reservations call (931) 879-6262.
If you need extra horses, a guide or a cabin, Southeast Pack Trips, Inc. is located next door and can be reached by calling (931) 879-2260.

Trail Map

Callalantee Stables and Campground
Mountain City: 50 + Miles of mountain trail. Camping, barn, showers, elect hook-up.
We are open to horses from April 1- Thanksgiving Day. During the winter we are open to 4 wheelers and dirt bikes. Contact us for further info

Callalantee Campground
Phone (423)727-8156
748 Furnace Creek Road
Mountain City Tennessee 


Great Smokey Mountain National  Park Rated-6 

Gatlinburg: 500 Miles of trail, Equestrian campgrounds and primitive horse camps. Addr: Superintendent, 107 Park Headquarters Rd., Gatlinburg, Tn. 37738 
PH 423-436-1231 
Beautiful trails well marked nice but small rustic camping .Contact DNR for  reservations and route permits. Back country camping allowed 3 sided shelters  provided. Cost is very reasonable.
East Fork Stables
Allardt: PO box 156, 100's of miles trail, full hookup's, covered stalls, bathhouse and cabins. PH 931-879-1176 or 800-978-7245
Near Jamestown
Martin's Stables
Take I-40 to the Wilton Springs Exit (440) and follow the signs to Gatlinburg. When on US 321 keep going straight, rather than take the right-hand turn at the fireworks store just past the Cosby Smoky Mountain Information Center. The entrance to the Cosby Campground will be one mile ahead. Martin's Stables is on the left, one half mile past the Cosby Campground entrance.
phone: (423) 487-4371
Natchez Trace State Park
Wildersville: 200 Miles of trail, camping with Elect and water hookup. Addr: 24845 Natchez Trace Road, Wildersville TN. 38388. PH 901-968-3742
Take Exit 116 (Hwy. 114) off I-40 between Jackson and Nashville, TN.

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Hooking Hills -Rated 10 
Rockbridge Ohio (southeastern Ohio) Ohio's Appalachian Country. The state offers a free rustic camp ground with 23 primitive sites off Laurel Twp.Rd.231 water for horses only.

Near by Palmerosa private camp offers $15/night complete hook ups.(614/385-3799) Considered the best trail riding in Ohio. Many areas of interest for the whole family. Contact Hocking Tourism Assoc.
Tar Hollow -Rated 6
Located near Columbus OH Phone:614-887-4818 Trail Map 
Shawnee State Park
Portsmith Ohio
614/8586652 Voice Park Office
75 miles of trails , 20 site horsemen's camp at near by Bear Lake on state forest land. The rugged beauty of the area has earned it the nickname "Little Smokies" 
Allum Creek Rated-6
Located in Delaware Ohio
Phone:614/548-4631 50 miles of trails run all along the lake shore through  mature beech and maple forests and across deep ravines good for a 3 or 4   day weekend .Winter rates $4.00/night, Summer rates $6.00/night 

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Brown County  Rated -10
Near Nashville IN. Brown County offers so much,  both for the novice and the experienced rider. The camp ground offers everything  from rustic to full service sites. Plenty of trails available 86 miles in   Brown County itself. Hitching rails on built up mounds help when picketing    horses. Shops and stores are within ridding distance. Trails are well marked.       Call (812)988-6406 or (812)988-4418 for information.

Trail Map

Potato Creek-Rated 4
located in northern IN
Yellowood National Forest-Rated4

located right next door to Brown County and the trails interlink.


located in northern IN

Hosier National Forest-Rated6

located south of Brown County with many private stables near by.


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Shawnee National Forest Eddyville IL. Rated  -8
Shawnee offers beautiful ridding located in southern IL. Hayes Canyon ,Bear Branch offer full service private camp grounds. The trails are not marked and this may be a problem if you have never been there, ask ahead of time for a guide . This trail system runs from the Ohio to the Mississippi River. Don't miss Garden Of The Gods and more. Avoid BEE SEASON !Call (618)672-4751

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Owl Creek Rated-6
Near Birmingham AL this rustic horse camp offers caves, ledges, waterfalls spectacular views. Some what difficult to find located in William Bankhead National Forest.

Montgomery  Rated-8
Just east of Birmingham AL this rustic horse camp offers caves, ledges, waterfalls spectacular views. Located off 20 the famous Montgomery to Jackson ride originates here.

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Big Foot Horse Camp Rated -6
Near Gulf Port Mississippi this rustic camp offers miles of trails beautiful weather and close to New Orleans and many other sites. Part of the Black Water Creek system parks     Trail Map
Long Leaf Rated-8
Also in Mississippi this lovely camp ground offers wooded trails and lots of them at a cost of $3/day

Trail Map

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Mammoth Cave
Double J Stables
502/ 286-8167 Full facilities stalls available, 75 miles of trails, trail into Mammoth Cave Park, right in camp beautiful riding in late fall. A little pricey at $20/night but worth it.


Moccasin Gap Horse Trail
Located in the Ozark Mts. This trail is approximately 30 miles. Full facilities Contact Bayou Ranger District
Phone: 501-284-3150
Trail Map

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