Trail Rides

One, two and four hour long trail rides are offered through Nantahala National Forest in Hayesville, NC. All rides are guided with a friendly and knowledgeable trail guide. Enjoy breathtaking scenery, long range mountain and lake views, ride through creeks & streams and beautiful Rhododendron thickets, see an array of wildlife & native flora, and marvel at a 75 foot waterfall!  Customized riding experiences are available such as private rides, all day rides, group rides, overnight trips, and lunch/dinner rides.  Whether you’re a novice or an expert, Chunky Gal Stables can accommodate any experience level.


Lessons in Western style riding are offered for individuals on a one on one format for more personal attention, or as a group for a fun friends and/or family experience. Lessons are offered by the hour.

How the stables got its unusual name

Chunky Gal Stables gained its evocative name from a Cherokee legend about a chubby maid who fell in love with a young man from another tribe. Her parents attempted to snuff the budding romance, but the determined young woman abandoned her family to follow her heart, finding her way across the mountain slopes to be with her beloved. Hence, the mountain range she traveled became known as Chunky Gal Mountain.

1306 Hot House Road
Hayesville, NC  28904
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Open Year Round
8AM to 5PM 7 days a week