Horseback Riding In Franklin & Nashville, Tennessee

After receiving this e-mail today…

Are you aware of any sites in the Nashville area where there are public trails where I can take our horses for a trail ride??? Your site is great. Thank you. –Jaime C.


…I realized that there are probably many others who are interested in knowing where the best horse trails in the area are, too.

So, without further ado, here are some of the best resources for horseback riding, riding stalls, and public horse trails in the Franklin/Nashville, Tennessee area.

Horses and people horseback riding along the Natchez Trace Parkway. photo by Lynnette at


#1 Natchez Trace horse trails



At milemarker 427.6 on the Natchez Trace (near Franklin, TN) is “Garrison Creek” – a trailhead for horseback riders and hikers. We always see lots of horseback riders parking here and then riding off to enjoy the many miles of horseback riding along the Natchez Trace.


The Parkway’s 87-mile trail system consists of 52 nature, hiking, and horse trails and 4 national scenic trail segments.National Park Service

There are 250 miles of riding trails on the South end of the park.State of Tennessee




#2 Percy Warner Park horse trails

This is a deeply forested park that you can drive many miles in your car along the narrow winding road. Along the way, there are many picnic spots, and other pull-offs. We have also seen several horse trails, though we rarely see horses in this park — perhaps they’re deeper in the forest than we can see from the roadway.


Percy Warner Park is home to the only public horse trails in Davidson County.Nashville Gov.


The bridle paths are shaded and that makes for a relaxing and fun ride. There are three loops, 3.2 miles, 6.9 miles and 8.0 miles. It’s actually one of the best places to ride due to the wild open nature of the wooded settings and the landscape diversity. Huge open fields of grass and hay hedged in by treed forests and winding paths going both up the mountain and down to some water areas.RV Guide





#3 Nashville/Franklin, TN area riding stables

There are many horse trails and and riding stables to choose from here:

Lynnette Walczak

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  • Julie

    “A Cowboy Town” (, located just 10 min from downtown Nashville, is a great place for horseback riding. Other activities include a Wild West Comedy Show and Dinner, hay rides and campfires.

  • kevin

    how much it cost

  • Charles Vance

    Hey guys!

    I’m going to go horseback riding this weekend at Natchez Trace Stables. I was going to try to have a picnic before going riding. I was wondering if you guys knew if there was a picnic spot near the arch bridge?…or if I can get down to the base of the bridge and have a picnic down there?…thank you guys in advance, your site are great!

    • FunTimesGuide

      Charles – Yes, there is one picnic table below the arch bridge at the base. There is also a parking lot (along with hiking trails) at the top of the arch bridge, but no picnic tables that I recall. You may find a fun spot to picnic almost “underneath” the bridge’s arch — which you can easily walk to from that parking lot:

      To access the picnic table at the base of the bridge (your safest option), you would travel south from the bridge itself on the Natchez Trace Parkway a VERY short distance to the Franklin/Highway 96 exit. Just before you exit the Natchez Trace Parkway onto Highway 96, there’s a picnic table there and a trash receptacle.

      The place on the Natchez Trace Parkway that has the MOST picnic tables (and horseback riding trails) is the Garrison Creek parking area:

      Have fun! :-D