Horseback Riding in NC: Dutch Creek Trails

Dutch Creek Trails
Keith Ward, the cowboy poet greeted us at the door before our ride at Dutch Creek Trails.

What: Horseback Riding NC
Where: Dutch Creek Trails, 793 Rubin Walker Road Vilas, North Carolina, 28692 | (828) 297-7117
When: 10:00am, 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm in the summer
11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm in the winter. Closed on Sundays
Cost: $50 per person (no credit cards accepted)
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Just passed a Bavarian themed housing development, at the end of a winding country road is Dutch Creek Trails, a 134 acre trail riding establishment in the mountains and home of the Cowboy Poet, Keith Ward. If you are looking for a place to enjoy the beautiful North Carolina High Country on horseback, read on.

The Cowboy Poet

Dutch Creek Trail
One of the nice things about Dutch Creek Trails is it’s rural location. You feel like your in the deep woods on the rides with civilization far away.

As we drove up to Dutch Creek Trails, we were greeted by a few dogs and Keith Ward who grew up on a farm in western North Carolina. Keith is the resident cowboy poet, performs around the country and has won several awards. Ask him nicely and he’ll perform for you. I thoroughly enjoyed his poem about his foray into modeling.

Horseback Riding NC at Dutch Creek Trails
Although the poetry is nice, it’s the trail riding most folks are looking to experience. We saddled up a few of the 34 resident horses and took a beautiful ride through the North Carolina High Country. Along the way we chatted about the area, saw a deer grazing and enjoyed the fall colors, which were reaching their peak. Rides are approximately an hour to an hour and a half. The 4 pm time is the most casual, as it’s the last ride of the day. Each group has up to 20 people, but our guide Travis said they’d go out with just one as well.

It’s best to make a reservation and make sure to bring cash, Keith doesn’t have a credit card machine, but he will take checks in a pinch. For more fun activities in the North Carolina High Country see our post on Fall at Beech Mountain.

Dutch Creek Trails

2 Comments on Horseback Riding in NC: Dutch Creek Trails

  1. Did you notice anything about the condition of the horses when you were there? Recently, a vet was called by the county to put to sleep one horse at Dutch Creek Trails that was dying of STARVATION. The owner was charged with animal cruelty. Make sure to google the place before you think about going. Don’t ride horses that have been neglected or abused. http://www.hcpress.com/news/horse-helpers-of-the-high-country-accuse-keith-ward-at-dutch-creek-trails-of-torture-he-denies-accusations.html

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