Enjoy all of our state's natural beauty this fall. Tours often are taken by foot, of course, but there's just something doubly wonderful about exploring the state on horseback. Experienced riders and novices alike can hit the trails in Missouri.
At Meramec Farm Cabins and Trail Riding, legendary breeds such as Missouri Fox Trotters and Tennessee Walking Horses are the perfect equine companion for a day on the trail. Named for the river valley it overlooks, Meramec Farm offers splendid views in a tranquil setting. After a day of riding, spend the night at one of the farm's two lovely and fully-equipped cabins nestled in the beautiful Ozark woods.
Twenty-five miles of cut trails amaze and delight riders who visit Big River Ranch, where five of the miles wind along the Missouri River, making for a breathtaking backdrop. This Lexington ranch welcomes riders, RV drivers and campers alike with plenty of room to set up tents and enjoy a night under the stars.
Hone (or gain) your equestrian skills at Black River Traditions Ranch in the hilly town of Annapolis. Black River tailors lessons to riders of all skill and age levels. (Note that rides cease during the month of November, hunting season. Book a ride for the end of October or early December.)
Visit a cozy lodging spot just two miles away, Rachel's Bed and Breakfast. Guest of all ages ride at Peckew Valley Vineyard, six miles from the Apple Creek Conservation Area. Take lessons or watch the little ones ride ponies. Stay the week, and rent a charming cabin — with the seventh night free.
In Owensville, Enchanted Ridge Ranch offers private and semi-private lessons, making this the perfect getaway with a group of friends or family members.