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Top Equestrian Camping near Greenville, SC

135 Reviews

Are you an equestrian lover who prefers a more rustic experience when you visit Greenville? Whether you own a horse or are joining a tour group, equestrian camping is an adventurous and unique way to experience the city. Search horse campsites and discover top-rated spots, as reviewed by other campers.

Best Equestrian Camping Sites Near Greenville, SC (17)

  1. Camper-submitted photo from Oconee State Park

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    Oconee State Park

    42 Reviews
    134 Photos
    151 Saves
    Tamassee, South Carolina

    After hours of scrolling through nature photos and majestic mountains, the urge to get out and explore is hard to ignore. We applaud the explorers and adventurers of the world who brave the treacherous elements, as well as the sweet photos that come as a result. However, for many the ideal of a fun weekend away consists less of roughing it, and more relaxing on a beach or in a warm cabin. If you’re in the latter of these groups, you’re going to love Oconee State Park.

    Oconee is the idealistic place for families and friends looking for a nostalgic getaway complete with rustic charm and character. Dotted throughout the park are rustic, Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Cabins available for nightly and weekly rental. Meanwhile, a small, glassy lake lazily invites campers to disrupt its reflection with the canoes and kayaks located on shore.

    The Greenville region is known for 25+ waterfalls found throughout. Closer in, the 1,100+ acre state park hosts a number of wooded nature trails snake throughout. It also serves as the trailhead for South Carolina’s 77 miles Foothills Trail. Friends and families visiting can enjoy the local wildlife, as well as the regional flora and fauna which proudly thrive in abundance.

    In the summer Lake Oconee comes alive, creating the backdrop for unforgettable family vacations. Festivities begin in June, including Square Dancing, mini golf, pedal boating competitions, and so much more. However the Winter Months are just as enjoyable if you don’t mind getting cozy in a warm cabin, sipping some coco, and reading a good book. The rangers here are known for their hospitality, and are knowledgeable on the area. Stop in their lodge for a small convenience store, firewood, and great conversations.

    Oconee offers all the benefits of a mountain resort without the upscale pricing. There are 140+ sites available for rent, starting at just $21/night. Cabins and lodging is available but pricing is dependent on group sizes and room choice, so be sure plan out your trip in advance before coming.

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    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
  2. Camper-submitted photo from North Mills River

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    North Mills River

    24 Reviews
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    385 Saves
    Mills River, North Carolina

    Overview

    North Mills River Campground is a rustic mountain getaway in Pisgah National Forest in western North Carolina. Located just outside the popular city of Asheville, the campground provides access to a variety of cultural and natural attractions, including an arboretum, the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway and numerous hiking, fishing and mountain biking opportunities.

    Recreation

    The forest is known for its hiking and mountain biking trails, several of which are near the campground. Mills River offers excellent trout fishing, as well as tubing and swimming, which are kid-friendly favorite activities. Visitors wishing to learn more about the area can attend educational programs during the summer.

    Facilities

    This is a relatively small facility with campsites organized into two loops on opposite sides of the river. Sites are mostly shaded and lie within a short distance of the water. The facility provides picnic tables, tent pads, lantern posts and campfire rings with grills, in addition to restrooms with hot showers and flush toilets. Campers can purchase firewood and fire starter on-site.

    Natural Features

    The campground is situated in the Appalachian Mountains at an elevation of 2,200 feet. The surrounding land boasts mile-high peaks, cascading waterfalls and slopes densely forested with hardwoods. The group camping area is adjacent to the beautiful, shallow waters of the Mills River.

    Nearby Attractions

    Several natural and cultural attractions are within close proximity to the campground. Sliding Rock, Looking Glass Falls and the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway are among the most popular sites. The small town of Brevard offers various amenities and services, and visitors can take a trip to Asheville to visit art galleries, music venues, shops and restaurants.

    contact_info

    For facility specific information, please call (828) 577-4167.

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    $40 - $44 / night

  3. Camper-submitted photo from South Cove County Park

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    South Cove County Park

    12 Reviews
    47 Photos
    100 Saves
    Seneca, South Carolina
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    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
  4. Camper-submitted photo from Lazy J Campground

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    Lazy J Campground

    11 Reviews
    26 Photos
    125 Saves
    Rosman, North Carolina
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $18 / night

  5. Camper-submitted photo from Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area Trailside Camping — Caesars Head State Park
  6. Camper-submitted photo from Brick House Campground

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    Brick House Campground

    15 Reviews
    44 Photos
    78 Saves
    Kinards, South Carolina

    Brick House offers year-round access to 21 campsites campground. All sites have some shade throughout the day. The campground has a gravel road and parking spurs that all vehicles need to be parked on. Campsite parking spurs are level and vary in size and grade. Not all sites can accommodate all vehicles. All sites have a picnic table, fire ring, and a lantern post. Up to two horses per campsite are allowed but need to be highlined or kept in portable corrals. Two, double vault toilet buildings are centrally located at each end of the campground. There is no water, no electrical hookups, and no dump station available. Cell coverage can be spotty. Pets are welcome but must be leashed at all times within the campground.

    Campsites: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, and 16 are for reservation only year round through recreation.gov. and have a 14 day stay limit within 30 rolling days.

    Campsites 5, 7, 9, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, and 21 are on a first-come, first-serve basis during fall big game deer and spring turkey seasons. These sites are extended stay sites during this time and campers can stay longer than the 14 day stay limit. Campers choose an open site and return to the kiosk and pay with a smart phone and the scan and pay system. Outside of hunting season these sites are available by reservation only.

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    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs

    $5 / night

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    Bent River Equestrian

    4 Reviews
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    52 Saves
    Penrose, North Carolina

    Bent River Equestrian is a small horse farm at the foot of the Pisgah National Forest and *less than *4 miles from DuPont State Recreational Forest.

    The farm is in a small neighborhood, so appropriate for families, couples, and small groups to use as a base camp for their adventures. We are only a few miles Oskar Blues, The Hub, and Ecusta Brewing! Additionally, Brevard has many restaurants and a bit of night life, with bands playing at 185 King St. regularly. Sunsets in the Fall and Spring are amazing on the farm, but we normally recommend you spend afternoons in the shade of the woods or river.

    There are two Farm Hands/Backpacking Guides who live on site in their own tiny homes, and my small home is on site. Campers have an unobstructed view of Looking Glass Rock, Mt. Pisgah, and you can see up to The Devil's Courthouse.

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    • Reservable
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    • Tents

    $30 - $900 / night

  8. Camper-submitted photo from Panthertown Valley Backcountry Area

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    Panthertown Valley Backcountry Area

    7 Reviews
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    171 Saves
    Sapphire, North Carolina

    Panthertown Valley is a rugged and wild 6,311-acre backcountry area located on Nantahala National Forest in western North Carolina, on the eastern continental divide, between the Great Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge Mountains.

    Panthertown features a diversity of native flora and fauna, pristine headwaters of the Tuckasegee River, a rare high-elevation southern Appalachian mountain bog, dozens of waterfalls, granite cliffs and domes, and is part of Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, and Bonas Defeat-Panthertown American Black Bear Sanctuary.

    Friends of Panthertown works in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service to conserve this outstanding natural resource while improving the quality and experience of recreational opportunities in Panthertown.

    Panthertown is a wonderful place to explore, however there are a few things you should be aware of before visiting for your first time. We hope this list of suggestions (and cautions) will make your experience in Panthertown Valley more enjoyable:

    • Your safety is your responsibility. Plan ahead and come prepared.

    • This is a wild, rugged place with more than 30 miles of public trails spread out over 6,311 acres deep in the Nantahala National Forest. It’s easy to get lost. We recommend you bring a good map and compass, and know how to use them.

    • Panthertown is NOT a National Park or State Park. It’s common to not see any other people when visiting. Cell phone service here can be spotty or unreachable. Use the trails with caution and at your own risk.

    • Bring plenty of water to drink, or a filtration system to keep you hydrated. There are no water fountains, trash cans, or restrooms here.

    • Please carry out your trash and practice Leave No Trace principles of outdoor ethics when visiting.

    • Hiking in the forest can be dangerous, especially for inexperienced hikers. Know before you go, plan ahead, and come prepared for a fun backcountry experience.

    • You may get hot, cold, wet, muddy, scratched up, and dirty just from hiking and exploring in Panthertown, so dress appropriately and in layers.

    • Expect to hike several miles on uneven surfaces to reach the most popular points of interest, including waterfalls and overlooks.

    • The hike out of the valley is uphill and can be difficult. Some hiking experience is recommended. Make sure you save some energy and water for your walk back to the parking area. That’s all part of the Panthertown experience!

    • American black bears live here and are protected as part of the Bonas Defeat-Panthertown Bear Sanctuary. Panthertown hosts a diversity of wildlife, please do not feed the animals!

    • Common natural hazards to watch out for include venomous snakes and yellow jacket nests.

    • Friends of Panthertown volunteers only maintain the official trail system in Panthertown. There are hundreds of miles of user created footpaths that crisscross the valley. For your safety, and to protect the ecology, we recommend you stay on the marked trails and avoid short cuts through the woods. Remember, it’s easy to get lost here, and we want you to enjoy your backcountry experience.

    CAMPING

    • Dispersed camping is primitive and no amenities are provided. Forest Service rules limit camp sites to no more than 12 people, and not within 50 feet of water sources. No permits are required for non-commercial groups.

    • Please use existing fire rings and never leave a fire unattended. Make sure to properly extinguish and drown your fire and coals before leaving your camp site!

    • Follow these recommendations to avoid any close encounters with bears: https://panthertown.org/bears/

    PARKING

    • There is limited parking at three entrances (Salt Rock Gap, Cold Mountain Gap, and Flat Creek), low-clearance gravel Forest Service roads, and heavy use on weekends. https://panthertown.org/directions

    • Drive slowly and use caution to not damage your vehicle or the road.

    • Equestrians please note: there are no horse trails at the Cold Mountain Gap trailheads. Horse trailer parking is prohibited there. The Salt Rock Gap entrance offers limited parking and can be difficult to turn a horse trailer around. If you use this entrance, we suggest that you park and unload your trailer on the pavement at the end of state maintained Breedlove Road.

    • The Flat Creek parking area off Rock Bridge Road north of Lake Toxaway on NC 281 is the largest and offers a wide horse trailer turn around with easy access to the Panthertown Valley Trail System.

    LEAVE NO TRACE

    Always practice Leave No Trace principles of outdoor ethics when visiting.

    The Seven Principles of Leave No Trace:

    • Plan Ahead and Prepare

    • Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces

    • Dispose of Waste Properly

    • Leave What You Find

    • Minimize Campfire Impacts

    • Respect Wildlife

    • Be Considerate of Other Visitors

    Reprinted with permission ©Leave No Trace

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    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Group
    • Equestrian
    • Firewood Available
  9. Camper-submitted photo from Upper Cove Creek - UCC1 Dispersed

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    Upper Cove Creek - UCC1 Dispersed

    3 Reviews
    2 Photos
    95 Saves
    Balsam Grove, North Carolina

    Within the Pisgah Ranger District there are 65 disbursed roadside camping sites that are available on a first come - first serve basis. These campsites are located alongside gravel roads throughout the district and include a parking area, tent pad, and fire ring. Toilet facilities and drinking water are not available. Trash pick-up is not provided. Trash must be collected and disposed of properly. Failure to remove or properly dispose of trash is a crime and law enforcement officers will issue citations for littering if trash is strewn about or not properly disposed of. The following regulations must be adhered to and are strictly enforced by Law Enforcement Officers. • Roadside camping is allowed at designated campsites only. Signs designating a legal campsite show a camping_ symbol and a site number (for example "AC-3" for Avery Creek site 3). • The National Forests in North Carolina have a policy which allows for campers to occupy a roadside campsite for a maximum of 14 days out of a 30 day period. If a camper changes locations or moves to another campsite, it cannot be within 10 miles of previous site, the maximum stay limit of 14 days applies to all sites occupied. • All vehicles must be parked along road shoulders without blocking traffic. • Campfires are allowed only within the metal fire ring provided on the site, Building of additional fire rings is not allowed. AJJ camping equipment and tents must remain on the designated tent pad. • Collecting 'dead and downed' :firewood in the forest is permitted for camp fires. It is illegal to cut, chop, or saw live or standing trees or other live growth. Do not chop into or drive nails into live trees. • It is illegal to establish and set up a campsite for the purpose of reserving a camping place. The campsite must be occupied on the night it is set up by a minimum of one person. • It is illegal to leave a camp unattended for period of more than 24 hours. • It is illegal to fail to remove all camping equipment, personal property, trash, and refuse from a campsite when vacating or leaving that area or site. • It is mandatory that all human waste be buried at least 6 _inches deep and a minimum or 200 feet from a stream. trail, or campsite. • Alcoholic beverages are prohibited on Avery Creek Road (FSR 477) and Lickstone Road (FSR 97). Prohibition is 1000 feet to either side of the road, campsites, trails or roads leading off of either of the aforementioned. Warning: Unattended property and equipment in these areas can be an easy target for criminal activity. Protect your property by locking valuables out of site. Access to these campsites is easy by any vehicle. If you see anyone stealing anything from a roadside campsite or parking area near a public trailhead, picnic, or recreation area please call 911 to report it or call USPS Law Enforcement at the Pisgah District Ranger Station at 828-877-3265

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    • ADA Access
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    • Tents
  10. Camper-submitted photo from Pisgah National Forest Wash Creek Horse Camp

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    Pisgah National Forest Wash Creek Horse Camp

    3 Reviews
    5 Photos
    58 Saves
    Mills River, North Carolina

    Overview

    Wash Creek Horse Camp is a small group area designed for equestrian use located two miles northeast of the North Mills River Recreation Area and Bent Creek of the Pisgah Ranger District.

    Recreation

    As part of the Pisgah National Forest, a network of equestrian trails are available in the North Mills River, Trace Ridge and Wash Creek areas and are easily accessible with space for several horse trailers. Hiking, fishing and hunting are popular activities in the area. Some of these trails are shared by mountain bikers. Routes are marked with signs and colored blazes.

    Facilities

    The campground has one site and a vault toilet and hitching posts for horses. This small group facility can accommodate 30 people and 10 vehicles.

    Natural Features

    Wash Creek offers a remote hardwood forest setting with a small, shallow stream nearby.

    Nearby Attractions

    The site is 20 minutes from the North Mills River Recreation Area and 45 minutes from Lake Powhatan Recreation Area. It is approximately 1 hour from attractions in both Brevard and Asheville.

    contact_info

    For facility specific information, please call (828) 577-4910.

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    • RVs
    • Group
    • Equestrian
    • Standard (Tent/RV)

    $40 / night


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