Fall Guide

Saddle Up

Take in the stunning fall scenery on horseback


There are so many great ways to view fall foliage – by car, wending through back roads beneath a canopy of orange and red. By foot, hiking or jogging the beaten paths through leafy woods. By bike, flying on asphalt through New England’s postcard-worthy scenery. However, there is another way to appreciate the autumn setting: by horse.

Whether you’re new to everything equestrian or a seasoned rider, horseback riding is a unique way to absorb autumn. You can observe the changing leaves up close and up high, while the soothing gait of your horse and rhythmic crunch of fallen leaves complete the serene, immersive experience. So, sport some boots and plaid, head to one of these five scenic stables in the state, and prepare to saddle up.

Reserve your spot for a ride at C and L Stables in East Greenwich. They offer 18 miles of trails through historic Goddard Park and a bayside beach ride for a variety of fall backdrops. East Greenwich

Newport Equestrian in Middletown caters to both beginner and advanced riders with their trail and beach rides. Choose between a traditional scenic fall tour on the trails, or a unique coastal ride past Second and Third beaches. Middletown

Check out Block Island during its off-season at Rustic Rides Horse Farm. Join a guided horseback tour for all skill levels to the beach or nature preserve to experience a quieter, but just as colorful, side of the island. New Shoreham 

In West Greenwich, Stepping Stone Ranch welcomes riders to take in the fiery fall colors of Arcadia State Park, Rhode Island’s largest recreational area, spanning 1,700 acres. Trot at leisure over dirt roads, trails, and rock ledges, and appreciate the park’s ponds, rivers, and endless foliage. West Greenwich 

Sunset Stables lets you ride through Lincoln Woods seven days a week, all year long, so you can watch the leaves from the time they start tinging gold to when they fall off the branch to litter the forest floor. Lincoln