Looking For a Place to Horse Around?
Chattooga Trails Bed and Barn is a terrific destination offering a variety of accommodations and amenities suited to the horse crowd. This is the only private horse camp in South Carolina.
When you stay at Chattooga Trails Bed and Barn, you won’t need to load the horses onto trailers or ride them on paved roads, and you’ll have direct access to trails from the property!
The Main House
If you’re looking for all the comforts of home, you can stay in the main house. Kes and Jay Crumpler welcome you into their home and have a wonderfully wooded retreat for you and your horse companions! The house has three guest bedrooms and can accommodate 12 people.
There are two bedrooms upstairs along with a common sitting area. The Whetstone Room has two full-size beds. The Charleston Room has a king-size bed, a love seat sitting area and a small porch.
For families or groups, the Hunter’s Hideout is a basement apartment that sleeps six. It has a full kitchen, living room, bathroom, and a large bunk room with a queen bed and two twin beds that each have a pull-out trundle. There is outdoor seating on the covered patio.
Their newest lodging option is the Sheep Wagon, which sleeps 2. This custom made tiny home resembles a covered wagon, but it’s more structurally sound than its pioneering predecessors. The interior is quite roomy with a queen size bed, built in cubbies, a table that can be pulled out from under the bed, electric lights, teeny fridge, mini microwave and a coffee maker. Gas heater available for chilly nights. There’s a water hand pump, nearby picnic table, hammock and solar lights for evening ambiance.
Horse Friendly Amenities
There are four RV sites.
Each RV site has a picnic table, water and power hookups (no septic/no dump station). RVs must be self-contained, as there is no bathhouse. The cost is $30 per night for RV sites.
Sites 1-3 are close to the main house and each has a hitching post.
Site 4 is downhill near the paddocks. The area is large and can accommodate living quarters horse trailers up to 42′ and groups of six trailers traveling together.
Horse stays include: outside the RV, in shaded paddocks, out in the pasture, or inside a barn stall.
There are six oversize paddocks. Chattooga Trails B&B is ideally suited to accommodate 12 horses–2 in each paddock–but the number of horses depends on how they interact with each other. People often bring electric roping to divide the paddocks if necessary. Paddocks rent for $10 per horse per night.
View Chattooga Trails’ website for more details and rates.
Head out in the morning and ride all day!
You can ride 30 miles of designated horse trails managed by the U.S. Forest Service. Horse trail maps of the area need refinement, so get Kes and Jay to point you in the right direction.
Rocky Gap/Willis Knob Horse Trails*
Commonly referred to as “Whetstone Trail System,” the Rocky Gap Horse Trails intertwine within the Sumter National Forest. You can ride from Chattooga Trails B&B to these primitive mountainous trails that take you along the Wild and Scenic Chattooga River (which is the border between South Carolina and Georgia). You’ll find small creeks and waterfalls along the trails.
* On the South Carolina side of the Chattooga River, the trails are part of the Rocky Gap Horse Trail. When you cross the Chattooga River into Georgia, you’ll be on the Willis Knob Horse Trail.
There are three places where the Whetstone Trail System crosses the Chattooga River and takes you into Georgia.
Be mindful these crossings can be dangerous depending on the water level and horses’ personalities.
- Adline Ford (northernmost crossing)
- Big Island (middle crossing)
- Earl’s Ford (farthest downriver crossing)
Your Horse Will Love It!
A truly unique place to stay!
If Chattooga Trails Bed and Breakfast sounds right for you, add it to your itinerary, along with other points of interest in the Mountain Rest area.
Awesome facility and the owners/host were wonderful and so accommodating can’t wait to go back and next time stay longer for a couple of days to fly fish. Oh and our horses were so happy in the large corals. Thank you guys and I won’t forget to bring you some Lowcountry BBQ.
We enjoyed having you visit, Mary, and look forward to hosting you again soon! Thank you for sharing your wonderful pictures of your experience here and telling others about us.