Horseback Riding

Where can I go horseback riding?

Horse and rider on a trail at the Castle in the Clouds, 1960s.

The best riding in the area is likely not to be found in Weirs Beach, but in the beautiful nearby mountain ranges. In the Belknap mountains, 15 minutes from Weirs Beach, there are numerous riding trails to be explored.

Over in the Ossipee range, 45 minutes from Weirs Beach, there are miles and miles of trail riding adventure. Beginning in 2010, horseback riding, after a decade-long absence, is once again being offered at the Castle in the Clouds (603) 476-5900 x211. Mountain Side Trails (603) 539-5510 also offers riding in the Ossipee range. High Meadows Farms (603) 539-6052 in Moultonborough offers trail rides, riding lessons and pony parties.

There are also many stables in the area surrounding Weirs Beach. NH lists 3 stables in each of the nearby towns of Gilford, Meredith, and Belmont.

Horses saddled in Civil War style, Veteran’s Grove, Weirs Beach, August 19, 2012


While no longer common, in the past several area lodging facilities offered riding to their guests. In Weirs Beach, the Shangri-La had an extensive trail system on the western side of Route 3. The Kings Grant Inn in Gilford, the Allen A resort in Wolfeboro, and the Brook & Bridle Inn in Alton were some others that offered riding.
Riders at the Kings Grant Inn in Gilford, circa 1960.
Riders at the Allen A resort.
Allen A riders line up outside the motel.
Allen H. Albee, founder of the Allen A resort, on his Tennessee Walking Horse. From a linen postcard postmarked in 1960.
Riders at the Brook and Bridle Inn, circa 1950.