Experience the beauty of the great outdoors in Hocking Hills and the surrounding area. With nine state parks and nature preserves as well as multiple state and national forests in the area, outdoor opportunities are endless. One great way to enjoy the many outdoor activities available is by horseback riding with a tour at Spotted Horse Ranch.
Whether you’re a beginning rider or experienced, the wranglers at Spotted Horse Ranch welcome you to join them for a fun-filled ride. Before embarking on your adventure, wranglers give some brief instructions to ensure you feel comfortable and confident as a rider. Throughout your ride, you will receive hands-on experience and additional horse handling tips from your guide. Fun family memories will be made as you adventure along the trails that lead throughout the picturesque ranch.
If you really want to embrace your inner cowboy or cowgirl, embark on the cowboy cookout ride. After riding approximately two hours, you will stop for a meal cooked over an open fire, reminiscent of the real cowboy days. Of course, sitting around the campfire is the perfect setting for telling jokes, swapping tall tales, and meeting new friends. After a relaxing meal, you will remount your horse for another two hours of riding along trails, over rolling hills, and through scenic woods before returning to the ranch.
Whether you’re looking to try horseback riding for the first time on a one-hour ride or you’re after the full experience with the cowboy cookout ride, Spotted Horse Ranch offers fun for all ages!
Planning Your Excursion
Spotted Horse Ranch is located in Laurelville at 17325 Deffenbaugh Rd, just off of Hwy 180. Children must be at least 8 years old to ride. One-hour rides are $39 each, two-hour rides are $55, and the cowboy cookout ride is $125 each. Reservations for the cookout rides must be made at least one week in advance.
Things to Do Nearby
Taking to the trails on horseback with the professionals at the Spotted Horse Ranch is sure to be a moment in Hocking Hills you won’t soon forget. There’s something special about the combination of scenery and intrigue that make this excursion a must on your list of Hocking Hills fun activities. However, this dynamic destination promises there’s always something more and when your travels bring you this direction, there’s no reason not to expand on the itinerary. Here are a few ideas for one-of-a-kind area stops and things to do that you just won’t want to miss.
Spend time at the Paul A. Johnson Pencil Sharpener Museum
Don’t let the size of this quaint museum fool you because the Paul A. Johnson Pencil Sharpener Museum is more than meets the eye. Located at 13178 OH-664 in Logan, this museum provides an admission-free experience that allows guests to wander around and enjoying browsing a collection of pencil sharpeners that was gathered together over a 20 year period. The collection is undeniably colorful and captivating and visitors often express the fact that they end up staying longer than they ever planned to! Bring the family and enjoy a one of a kind stop that’s sure to inspire the senses. Questions about the museum can be directed to 740-385-9706 and the museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm with a later opening time on Sundays beginning at 11:00 am.
Enjoy a Hocking Hills Canopy Tour
When you’re looking to enjoy the sights of Hocking Hills from a brand new perspective, head to new heights by making some time for a Hocking Hill Canopy Tour. Hocking Hills Canopy Tours is located at 10714 Jackson Street in Rockbridge and is open to guests every day of the week between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm. Questions about visiting with a large group can be answered by calling 740-385-9477. Once you arrive, spend an afternoon exploring the scenery from a vantage point offered up by a collection of ziplines. This experience comes with information on the part of guides concerning the area’s history, landscape, and wildlife as well!
Attractions Nearby Spotted Horse Ranch
If you’re a traveler with a passion for hiking, you’ll find a variety of trails waiting to delight you within the boundaries of Hocking Hills State Park. This sprawling area of protected land is home to a number of caves, gorges, cliffs, waterfalls and beyond. The park is open to the public between sunrise and sunset and if you’re interested in a guided experience, the park’s naturalist program offers a variety of options throughout the calendar year.
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