Route To Riding – Vermont

If you love horses and horse shows and you enjoy touring forested New England landscapes, taking a summer excursion through Southwestern Vermont is sure to please.

Vermont summers are special because they offer the opportunity to see a long list of horse shows. From July through mid-August, there are at least six classic shows and festivals that attract competitors from around the country. Equestrians can’t pass up this unique chance for a summer spent doing what they love in the Green Mountains of Vermont.

As you drive north from Boston, you will first come to Shaftsbury, where you must stop to partake of some amazing jams, berries, apples and honey at Appleberry Farm. Stock up so you’ll have enough for your entire RV trip. When you reach Arlington, you can browse for antiques and gifts to take home to family and friends. Sunderland, Vermont should be next on your itinerary. Here is a major area for outdoor recreation, including canoeing on the Batten Kill, mountain biking and hiking.

The quaint New England town of Manchester is filled with charm and history. You’ll also discover some fabulous shopping. The main horse shows are here, with the Vermont Summer Festival being the main attraction. Marvel at the views of Battenkill Valley and take off for scenic hiking in the Green Mountain National Forest.

You will be spending time greatly appreciating all of the benefits of an RV vacation in Vermont, particularly when you reach Dorset and can visit one of the oldest quarries in the U.S..   Marble from this quarry has been used throughout the town, from the sidewalks to the marble church in the center of town.

Outdoor lovers will want to hike the Appalachian Trail, exploring the acres of wilderness surrounding. You can also fish, hunt or work to improve your game of golf. The picturesque beauty of this area is just a bonus to all this fun.

Continuing north, you will come to East Dorset and the Harold Beebe Farm. This is the site for some of the jumper and other horse show competitions. If you’ve brought along your own horse, you will get real riding pleasure on some of the extended trails. In East Dorset, you will find Emerald Lake State Park with a 20-acre lake for non-motorized watercraft. Fishing here is great too, especially if you want to catch some smallmouth bass or northern pike.

Take a side-trip in your RV to Bondville, and visit Stratton Mountain. Many hiking trails invite you out into the forests. After many days of exciting RV adventures in Vermont, you may believe it’s time to head home, but it will be hard to leave. But remember, you’ve made many good memories and hopefully have a lot of great photos to take home with you so you can relive your adventures anytime you wish.

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Grove River Ranch for a Horseback Riding RV Camping Adventure

You may have seen our post on Horseback Riding RV Camping Adventures. The folks at Grove River Ranch were nice enough to contact us and make us aware that they too offer wonderful horseback riding and have accommodations for motor homes. Thanks to them for providing us with this brief write up.

Grove River Ranch

Grove River Ranch

Horseback Riding on a Trail

Horseback Riding on a Trail

Grove River Ranch is a new equestrian center and retreat nestled in the foothills of the northeast Georgia mountains. The setting is very scenic and private, but located only a few miles between two four-lane interstates. This state-of-the-art facility features an indoor arena, lighted outdoor arena, campground with hookups, stabling for visitors, a two-bedroom rental cabin on the river, fishing pond, primitive group camping, and miles of wooded horse or hiking trails. Services offered include weekly riding lessons, riding vacations, summer camp, clinics, horse boarding and overnight stabling. Other area attractions include a golf course, NHRA drag strip, river rafting, movie theaters, family fun center, and 300+ designer and outlet stores. The ranch is family friendly. Photos, guest comments, and more information about the ranch, facilities, events, and the management can be viewed on the Grove River Ranch web site.

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Horseback Riding RV Camping Adventures

Veteran trail riders already know the joys of taking their horses along on RV camping trips. If you’d love to enjoy the luxury of an RV at the end of the trail, here are some places to visit on future RV vacations.

RV Campgrounds with “Horse Hotels”
Colorado is home to numerous RV campgrounds where your horse can also find a bed for the night. Echo Basin Ranch near Mancos has full-service RV campsites among the pines, with great views of Mesa Verde National Park. Horse pens are available and a trail ride along the Mancos River is the ultimate southwest Colorado experience.

You’ll find deluxe accommodations for both you and your horse at Hooves N Wheels RV Park & Horse Motel near Fort Worth, Texas. The town of Weatherford is the “Cutting Horse Capitol of the World” and they’re definitely tuned into what RV camping horseback riders need.

For a big dose of peace and quiet, hook your horse trailer to your RV and head for Chapel Hill, Tennessee. Their equestrian trails and well-shaded horse pens at River Road RV Park and Horsecamp are just two reasons your four-footed friend will be glad you did.

Another excellent RV campground and horse camp in Tennessee is the Big South Fork Lodge & Horse Campground. This campground is adjacent to a trailhead at the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, giving you easy access to all trails within the NRRA. Campsites with hookups are near the horse barns, so bring your favorite trail riding horse and share the fun.

East Coast RV campers will thoroughly enjoy a stay at High Country Horse Camp at Mount Rogers National Recreation Area in the Blue Ridge Highlands of southwest Virginia. Park your RV in one of the well-maintained campsites and head down one of the many trails that offer a breathtaking view. The Virginia Highlands Horse Trail is a particular favorite, rising to nearly six thousand feet in elevation.

And we can’t forget our West Coast customers who enjoy bringing their horses along when they camp. Rancho Oso Guest Ranch & Stables in the mountains near Santa Barbara features RV sites and corrals along the Santa Ynez River. With the trails of Los Padres National Forest a short ride away, it’s the perfect RV horse camping destination.

Why leave your horse behind when you leave town for a little RV camping? We’d love to help you plan your equine camping experience, so just give us a call here at El Monte RV Rentals when you’re ready to saddle up. Use these suggestions to turn your imagination down the right trail, and a horseback riding RV camping adventure can soon be a reality.

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