TRAIL RIDING: BIG SOUTH FORK NATIONAL RIVER & RECREATION AREA, TENNESSEE/KENTUCKY

Trail Riding at Big South Fork

Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area on top of Cumberland Plateau in East Tennessee, is considered the trail riding capital of the East. Hundreds of miles of well maintained trails, with spectacular views, make the area the best riding around. Difficulty levels vary and are suitable for novice and advanced riders. Wagoneers have a variety of trails to choose from too.

The plateau is painted with breathtaking canyon like bluff views, rock formations, waterfalls and rivers. equestrian exclusive areas with wide sandy trails make your experience one worth repeating.

Hatfield Ridge Trail connects to Charit Creek Overlook, which is a great place to picnic and enjoy the scenery. There are hitching posts for horses and a huge rock to sit on and enjoy the scenery for lunch.

Hatfield Ridge Trail merges into South Fork River Station Camp Crossing, one of only 2 horse crossings on The Big South Fork River.

To download Big South Fork trail maps click here.


The rivers and streams have been a major force in creating the dramatic canyon-like landscape of the area today. As the streams have cut downward into the sandstone, which caps the plateau, they have carved out gorges and canyons, leaving behind cliffs, natural arches, rock shelters, and waterfalls. Elevations are not extreme, but do change suddenly. They range from 1800 feet along the highest ridge tops to 800 feet along the river. The park service has several horse camps to camp which are spread out across the park.


Trails Around the
Big South Fork Region

The Big South Fork is well known as the “Trail Riding Capital of the Southeast” for good reason. There are miles and miles of well groomed equestrian trails, as well as, hiking, biking, and OHV trails through the rugged Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area (BSFNRRA), area state parks, and at private destinations. These trails offer an outstanding adventure to anyone who loves the great outdoors. Enjoy a night out under the stars (where you can still actually see the stars). Listen to the melodies of the creatures of the night. See the vibrant colors of the vast and varied flora and fauna for a few hours or a few days. If that isn’t long enough, abundant retirement/relocation opportunities await. There are superb equestrian property developments, gated and non-gated, for those looking for a place to call home with miles of trails within the developments and neighbors that love horses and the trails, too. Here we will share a little about a few opportunities to enjoy the equestrian side of life through campgrounds and trail riding opportunities.

Cedar Creek Cattle Company, located in Clarkrange, TN invites you to step back in time and take a look at the “Old West”. They offer horse rentals (hourly, daily, and family rates) with an experienced guide. A three bedroom guest house with a private barn and pasture is available. You have the chance to stay in an authentic Indian Tipi that sleeps 6. Stall and paddock rentals are available. They have a monthly cattle gathering, and offer riding lessons for you or your family with a horse day camp available for the children. They have two round pens and an indoor arena. To spice things up a bit, they also offer BBQ’s and live entertainment. Visit www.CedarCreekCattleCompany.com or call 931-260-1650 for more information or to book your visit. New Beginnings Youth Ranch is also located at Cedar Creek Cattle Company. Through this program, founder Mike Archambault and his staff are endeavoring to reach out to troubled youth through a Christ centered horsemanship program. You can learn more and find out how you can help at
www.newbeginningsyouthranch.com.

East Fork Stables is “The Country's Premier Equestrian Vacation Destination!” -Tom Seay, Host, Best of America by Horseback. The resort sits upon 12,000 acres of privately owned land with over 100+ miles of well marked trails. Well known across the country for the popular theme trail rides...Mardi Gras, Cinco de Mayo, Oktoberfest, and Luau Ride which include meals and entertainment.

Campground Camping and Cabin Accommodations.
NEW 48 Stall Barn, Bunkhouses & Cabarns!
Annual Theme Rides with the BEST meals around...grilled Prime Rib, Chicken, salad bar, and much more!
100+ Miles of Equestrian Exclusive Trails
224 Covered Stalls • Paddocks • Arena • Pavilion
Horse & Wagon Trails

The trails are lined with fabulous scenery, wildlife, grand overlooks, and along river banks. The team at East Fork Stables works hard to give their guests a memorable experience. Plenty of campground area is available and they also offer cabin and cabarn (half cabin/half barn) rentals. Brenda Imus is scheduled to visit in 2011. See complete schedule online at www.EastForkStables.com or call toll free 1-800-97-TRAIL.

HoneyCreek Horse Camp borders the BSFNRRA just south of the White Oak River in the Double Arch Retreat Estates, joining the Mt. Helen Horse Trail. The camp is designed with the RV/Horse trailer camper in mind. It is ideal for horse owners that want a place to camp with their horse and get out on the trails of the BSFNRRA without having to trailer their horses. Campsites and stalls are on a daily rental basis and the campsites offer full electric and water hookups. Plans are in the works to have a pig roast on Memorial Day and Labor Day Weekends this year. Give them a call at 423-569-2289 to reserve your space and to learn more about their facilities. Their website is www.honeycreekhorsecamp.com.

Southeast Pack Trips offers custom horseback rides for pleasure trail riding, hunting trips, birthday and anniversary rides, overnight pack trips, and small or large group rides. Owner, Larry McMillan has over 20 years of experience in the Big South Fork. His slogan is “The Only Real Pack Trip in the Big South Fork”. Southeast Pack Trips has a small campground, a 10 stall barn, and paddocks available for horse trailers and campers with horses. There are also accommodations available for couples, families, and small groups. Larry offers trips year round and can pack you in on their horses. Let Larry know what kind of trip you would like and he will do his best to make it a reality. One of their most popular rides is the All Ladies Ride. He also offers rides that allow Boy/Girl Scouts to earn Merit badges/Insignias. Visit their website at www.SoutheastPackTrips.com, then give Larry a call at 931-879-2260 to schedule your adventure.


Saddle Brook Stables

A goldmine of regal equestrian beauty can be found nestled among the beautiful rolling hills atop the Cumberland Plateau at
Saddle Brook Stables
, located just outside of the Big South Fork National River and Recreational Area.

Saddle Brook Stables is owned by the Allred family - Fred, Brenda, Freddy, Jon, Bethany, and Andrew. The family treasures Saddle Brook Stables as one of God’s great blessings in their lives. They deeply appreciate the opportunity to share and enjoy the life they live surrounded by the beauty of the region, their animals, and the people they encounter.

The family started on this equestrian journey on June 1, 1992 when they purchased their first pony – “Dusty”. It wasn’t long until they bought their first Tennessee Walking Horse at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in August. “Midnight Crescent Moon” was a gorgeous black two-year old filly directly by the well known “Prides Generator”. These purchases were the beginning of something special for the Allred family. Since this time, the family has worked at building their herd, fine tuning their breeding program as they go. Their goal is to produce some of the finest Tennessee Walking Horses possible with improved conformation, disposition and gait with an emphasis on color as well. They don’t seek to change the breed, but to enhance the wonderful qualities while maintaining the attributes that have made the breed so well known.

For the Allred family, it is a labor of love. They adore their animals and enjoy the fellowship of other horse enthusiasts. Foremost, is the practice of Godliness and integrity in their daily lives and in the operation of their farm. They feel blessed to have a wonderful staff at Saddle Brook Stables that are more than happy to assist you in any way. Every member of the team promises to do their best to represent each horse with complete honesty and want you to feel free to ask as many questions as you like. So, while you are in the area if you are in the market to purchase a horse, or need a place to board or breed your horse stop by and talk to the friendly folks at Saddle Brook Stables. Be sure to visit them on the web to view the fabulous array of animals on their farm – www.TNWalk.com. You may also reach them by phone at (931) 879-6273 (Barn), (931) 879-9924 (Office) or Jon on his cell: (931) 397-5504.

 

Zenith Stables and Campground, LLC welcomes trail riders to The Big South Fork and Zenith Stables & Campground.  We are located at the southern end of the park nestled off of Highway 52 between Historic Rugby and Allardt, Tennessee. 

Zenith Stables & Campground currently has 40 camping sites. All have water and electric, 9 include septic hookups. We have two bunkhouses that sleep 7 to 12 people, each has a full size refrigerator and a wood stove for those chilly days. Our bathrooms are clean and have hot showers. We also have a full kitchen and dining area for general use for those camping with us.

For your horse, we have 53 barn stalls, 25 pens and tie outs are permitted. Stalls are clean and bedded when you arrive as well as clean buckets in each stall for water. You supply your own feed and hay. We do have hay available for purchase. It is your responsibility to care for and feed your horse, as well as pick your stall daily.

At Zenith Stables & Campground we not only welcome the horse enthusiast, but our campground also caters to hikers, mountain bikers, kayakers, and seasonal hunters. Come stay with us and experience what The Big South Fork National Park and Recreation Area has to offer!!
We do allow pets, but they should be on a leash in the campground. They are not allowed in bunkhouses, bathrooms, or in the kitchen, due to health department regulations.

Zenith Stables & Campground offers a family environment, good rates, clean facilities and some of the best trail riding a horse lover could ask for. We look forward to meeting new friends and getting you acquainted with the Big South Fork.

Call us to make your reservation at 931-879-5252 or 931-397-2462 or via E-mail ridehigh@zenithstables.com. We provide clean, sanitary stalls, nice level campsites, clean bathrooms and good 'ol southern hospitality to make your stay as pleasent and fun as possible. Visit us online at www.zenithstables.com.

Until we meet, may you have many sunny days and Happy Trails!

 


Big South Fork Country is known across the nation as the
Trail Riding Capital of the East!



Several privately owned horse camps bordering the park have direct trail access and others offer amenities including equestrian exclusive trails, meals, music, trail guide service, arena events and more.

East Fork Stables and Cedar Creek Cattle Company are located on the western edge and Southeast Pack Trips, Charit Creek Lodge, and Zenith Stables and Campground, LLC are centrally located with excellent trails and park access. Bandy Creek, Charit Creek and Station Camp are centrally located inside the park in Tennessee and in southern Kentucky you'll find Stampede Run, Barren Fork, Bell Farm, Bear Creek and Horse Camp.

Another favorite place to ride is the Coyle Branch Trail, which proceeds down to the O&W Railroad bed where you can ride for miles along the White Oak Creek. The White Oak Creek runs into the South Fork River not far from the O&W Railroad Bridge. This bridge was moved to its current location over the South Fork River in 1914.


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HORSEBACK/TRAIL RIDING

BIG SOUTH FORK RENTALS
1937 Leatherwood Rd. • Oneida, TN 37841
423.539.0154
www.bigsouthforkrentals.com

CEDAR CREEK CATTLE COMPANY
204 Green Acres • Clarkrange, TN 38553
931.260.1650 • 931.704.2479
www.CedarCreekCattleCompany.com

CHARIT CREEK LODGE
299 Dewey Burks Rd
Jamestown, TN 38556 • 931.879.2776
www.CharitCreekLodge.com

EAST FORK STABLES
3598 S. York Hwy. • Jamestown, TN 38556
800.978.7245
www.eastforkstables.com

HONEYCREEK HORSE CAMP
400 Double Arch Retreat • Allardt, TN 38504
423.569.2289
www.honeycreekhorsecamp.com

LONG BRANCH LAKES EQUESTRIAN CENTER
434 Singleton Rd. • Spencer, TN 38585
866.615.6615 • 423.881.5507
www.LBL-EquestrianCenter.com

SOUTHEAST PACK TRIPS
299 Dewey Burks Rd. • Jamestown, TN 38556
931.879.2260
www.southeastpacktrips.com

ZENITH STABLES & CAMPGROUND, LLC
929 Cole Place Rd. • Allardt, TN 38504
931.879.5252
www.zenithstables.com

HORSE STABLES
/RENTALS

CEDAR CREEK CATTLE COMPANY
204 Green Acres • Clarkrange, TN 38553
931.260.1650 • 931.704.247
www.CedarCreekCattleCompany.com

EAST FORK STABLES
3598 S. York Hwy. • Jamestown, TN 38556
800.978.7245
www.eastforkstables.com

HONEYCREEK HORSE CAMP
400 Double Arch Retreat • Allardt, TN 38504
423.569.2289
www.honeycreekhorsecamp.com


LONG BRANCH LAKES EQUESTRIAN CENTER

434 Singleton Rd. • Spencer, TN 38585
866.615.6615 • 423.881.5507
www.LBL-EquestrianCenter.com
www.LongBranchLakes.com

MOUNTAIN BARN BUILDERS
6540 South York Hwy. • Clarkrange, TN 38553
888.863.8030 • 931.863.8030
www.mountainbarnbuilders.com

SADDLE BROOK STABLES
1609 Pickett Park Hwy. • Jamestown, TN 38556
931.879.6273
www.TNWalk.com

SOUTHEAST PACK TRIPS
299 Dewey Burks Rd. • Jamestown, TN 38556
931.879.2260
www.southeastpacktrips.com

ZENITH STABLES & CAMPGROUND, LLC
929 Cole Place Rd. • Allardt, TN 38504
931.879.5252
www.zenithstables.com

HORSEBACK/TRAIL RIDING SUPPLIES/ HORSE SUPPLIES

RIM RIDERS EQUESTRIAN LIFESTYLE
3598 S. York Hwy. • Jamestown, TN 38556
931.752.8851

HORSE BOARDING

CEDAR CREEK CATTLE COMPANY
204 Green Acres • Clarkrange, TN 38553
931.260.1650 • 931.704.2479
www.CedarCreekCattleCompany.com

SADDLE BROOK STABLES
1609 Pickett Park Hwy. • Jamestown, TN 38556
931.879.6273
www.TNWalk.com

HORSE RENTALS

CEDAR CREEK CATTLE COMPANY
204 Green Acres • Clarkrange, TN 38553
931.260.1650 • 931.704.2479
www.CedarCreekCattleCompany.com

SOUTHEAST PACK TRIPS
299 Dewey Burks Rd. • Jamestown, TN 38556
931.879.2260
www.southeastpacktrips.com

HORSE SALES

SADDLE BROOK STABLES
1609 Pickett Park Hwy. • Jamestown, TN 38556
931.879.6273
www.TNWalk.com