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Galloping Your Horse Seaside: Beach Horseback Riding Adventures in OBX!

Galloping Your Horse Seaside: Beach Horseback Riding Adventures in OBX!

Travel with Horses Blog Series: Vacations. Todays blog post is featuring Sugar Ridge Ranch, in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina


Today’s post is all about a topic that my equestrian crew can’t stop talking about—riding our horses on the beach! Isn’t it the kind of magical equestrian dream that we’ve all secretly harbored, like wanting to be the one to finally catch that elusive carrot at the end of the stick? Let’s gallop into the enchanting world of sandy shores of Sugar Ridge Ranch an adventure that’ll have you riding on the beach with your own horse.

horseback riding on the beach

Beach Horseback Riding OBX

Sugar Ridge Ranch is a beautiful short-term boarding facility for your horse in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. If you have you been dreaming of being able to ride your own horse on the beach and wondering if there are places that allow this? Well, Stop! Right here in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Sugar Ridge Ranch is the only short term boarding facility minutes from the beach. You can bring your horse and experience your dreams where you can ride through the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and also various trails throughout the National Park.

Meet Owner, Maggie.

Q.  What inspired you to start Sugar Ridge Ranch?

A: Sugar Ridge Ranch was a dream come true. As I grew up here on the island, I would have people stop me on the beach while I was riding and ask where they could bring their own horses and ride like myself and my answer was always, well, there’s not a place for that. So, years later, here I am!

Q: Can you share a memorable moment or story from when you first got started?

A: Building the barn was the most memorable. 6 Stalls total- 4 stalls with attached paddock. A paddock space available for use sand floors in stalls- no shavings needed or necessary, Round Pen, 2 Keyless entry tack/feed rooms

Q: What is your favorite part about owning and operating the ranch?

A: Meeting new clients and their horses. Seeing their excitement and determination to get their horses in the ocean.

Q: Can you give us a little idea of what is around the Ranch – do you have to trailer off site to get to the trails? How close is the beach?

A:The beach is about 1.2 miles from me. You do have to ride the road a little ways to access the beach or if you have a small two/three horse trailer, you can park close to the accesses ramp if you’re worried about riding to the ramp.

Q: What do you think travelers will love the most about Sugar Ridge Ranch? 

A: Riding their OWN horses on the beautiful National Seashore.

Q: I saw you have cabins! Tell me more?

A: We have three cabins that sit directly on the property. Each cabin sleeps up to four people comfortably and comes fully equipped. They are booked using a different booking site- so just because the barn is open for certain dates, doesn’t mean the cabins are and vice versa.


Looking for accommodations?
Camping is not allowed on the property, however there are three beautiful cabins located within walking distance to the barn. Each cabin has wonderful perks such as a full kitchens, washer and dryer, central air conditioning, grills, screened in back porches, and more! Book a cabin to stay on site with your horse. They are booked separate from the stalls- so be sure to coordinate dates!

Ride your Horse on the Beach in North Carolina

If you’ve ever daydreamed about riding your horse on the beach, I say, giddy up and make it happen! So, whether you’re trotting towards a romantic sunset or galloping like you’re in a cowboy movie, the beach is your playground. Just remember, when you’re out there with your four-legged friend, it’s not just about the destination; it’s about the hoofprints you leave in the sands of time. So, saddle up, grab your sunscreen, and let’s make some salty memories that’ll have you reminiscing and laughing for years to come. And if you happen to find any seashells, well, that’s just an added bonus! 🏖️🐎😄

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