Wranglers Campground and Horse Trails
5100 Laura Furnace Road
Golden Pond, KY 42211
Day-Use Trail Riding Permits (per trailer):
Annual $75 March 1-February 28
Day use $7 per day-Purchase day ride permits online here
See the Alerts page for trail updates.
Wranglers Campground specializes in providing year-round opportunities for horseback riding and wagon driving enthusiasts. It offers 220 well-defined sites — some with electrical hookups, sites with electric, water, and sewer, primitive sites, and 12 primitive cabins available for nightly rental. Most sites are capable of handling large motor homes and horse trailers. Campers have access to modern facilities, 100 miles of horse trails, activity court, and stalls, plus farrier and blacksmith services on weekends from April through November. Guided trail rides and riding stables are available from April through October. Horses have the right-of-way at this campground.
All overnight campers with horses must camp at Wranglers Campground.
Season: Year round
Amenities: Campers can purchase ice, firewood, tick repellent, limited camping and equestrian supplies, plus other perishable goods at the Outpost. Soft drink machines and heated restrooms with showers available year-round.
Cabins: Five, one-room rustic cabins are available that sleep four with one double bed and one bunk bed; Seven cabins sleep eight with one double bed and three bunk beds. Bring own linens or sleeping bags and pillows. Cabins also include heater/air conditioner, ceiling fan with light, small table and chairs, and electrical outlets. No additional camping units allowed on cabin sites. No pets or smoking in cabins.
Campsite Capacity: Each campsite at Wranglers is limited to three camping units as defined in our general camping regulations allowing two wheeled camping units and two vehicles. Examples include motorhome, horse trailer with living quarters, and a tent or a pop-up trailer with two tents. In addition, each site is limited to a maximum of eight people.
Feed: Only use weed-seed-free hay and feed. Pack out any unused feed, hay and straw to help prevent the introduction of noxious weeds. Horses are NOT permitted on graveled living space of campsites. Protect our water supply, do NOT tie horses or pile manure near water.
- Leave firewood at home – do not transport it to campgrounds. Use firewood from local sources.
- If you have moved firewood, burn all of it before leaving your campsite.
Generators: Campers running generators may run during quiet hours, 11pm-6am, if located in the 24-hour generator field.
Horse Stalls: Stalls may be reserved or rented upon arrival. Stall fees are charged separately from camping fees. To reserve a stall, a campsite must be reserved for the same time period. Stall cleaning is the responsibility of stall renters. We recommend daily cleaning to reduce flies and make cleaning easier.
Horse Wash Stations: Washing your horse is allowed only at our horse wash stations. See Wranglers Campground map for locations.
Manure Removal: When cleaning your campsite and stalls, use manure pits located at the barns or pile manure at edge of campground roads or at end of barns on opposite side from water hydrants so maintenance staff can easily remove it.
Outpost Hours: April through November
Hours posted at gatehouse
Speed Limit: Keep horses at a walking pace in campground. Jumping or racing horses are strictly prohibited. No riding or wagon driving in campground after 10pm.
Stallions: Stallions must be kept in a stall or trailer at night.
Tethering: Electric fences are NOT permitted. Metal panels may be used within the tethering areas. In primitive over-flow areas, panels shall be used within impacted area. Please help avoid unnecessary wear and tear in grassy areas.
Rocking U Riding Stables
Located in Wranglers Campground, Rocking U Riding Stables provides horseback riding to our visitors. The stables are open from April-October.
For more information or to make a reservation, call 270-924-2211.
- Trail Rides leave on the hour with the exception of the noon hour
- Cost is $18 for a 45 minute ride and $30 for a 90 minute ride
- Rocking U accepts cash or traveler’s checks
- Up to 15 riders, ages 6 and up, can go at one time
- Pony rides offered for ages 6 and under
- Riders under 12 must wear helmets, which are provided
- We recommend you wear long pants and closed toe shoes
Horse Health Policy
All horses are required to have proof of a current equine infectious anemia (EIA) Test (Coggins) and a current veterinary health certificate in compliance with Kentucky State laws. Refer to www.kyagr.com or call 502-564-4696 for more information.
Horse Trail Riding
Our horse and wagon trails lead to some of the most scenic spots at Land Between the Lakes. Horse riders can travel along backcountry roads and authorized trails.
You may trailer your horses to other areas to ride. You must display your camping or day-use permit. Know the rules; horses are restricted from some areas on Land Between the Lakes.
Permits: Open year round for trail riding, Wranglers offers Annual Day-use Permits — for $75, good from March 1 through February 28, and Daily Trailer Permits for $7. You can purchase these permits from the gatehouse. Daily permits may be purchased online.
Adopt-a-Trail: Please inquire at the gatehouse about Wranglers’ Adopt-a-Trail Program as you ride and pick up free litter bags.
Deer Hunting Season: We host hunters with firearms during deer season in October and November; trails may be restricted. Please call ahead to check hunt dates and areas open to horseback riding.
Pets: Pets must be on a leash of 6 feet or less and under physical control while in campground. Pets cannot be left unattended. Please take notice of Campground Boundary signs and leash pets at this point when returning to camp.
Stables: Check out our seasonal horse riding stables. For information call 270-924-2211.
Tethering: Tether horses so they cannot chew bark off trees; damage to trees is punishable with a maximum fine of $1,000. Picnic tables and tethering poles have been added at Colson Overlook, “Blue Hole,” and the Homeplace 1850s Working Farm and Living History Museum for your convenience.
Wagons: Fluorescent triangles are required on all wagons. Front and rear lights are also required for night rides. No racing allowed.
Horse and Wagon Trails
Many old fences, wells, cisterns, and other hazards exist in the forest from old homesteads and iron industry. To avoid these hazards, riding on designated trails recommended.
Information kiosks have been installed at key points on the trail system to help riders recognize their location. Please do not tie to kiosks.
Brown signs mark horse trails; yellow paint on trees mark state boundaries. Crossing Woodlands Trace is permitted. Crossing or entering the US68/KY80 corridor is prohibited.
Horses are strictly prohibited in cemeteries, agricultural fields, day-use areas, hike/bike trails, and developed areas other than Wranglers Campground.
White signs mark hike/bike trails. Horses are restricted from hiking trails. Exceptions include the North/South Trail from Road 342 to Road 205 and the Model Trail around South Bison Range.
Horses are restricted from Woodlands Trace and right-of-way except from Colson Overlook to Forest Service Road 170 Ford’s Bay Road and Road 356 to Road 204.
Rules of the Horse Trails: Be courteous. Downhill traffic yields to uphill traffic. We encourage riders to wear reflectors during dusk and dawn hours. We recommend you shod your horses as many trails are rocky. Riders are asked to avoid riding cross-country during periods of wet soil conditions in order to protect our trails.
ASTM International (American Society for Testing and Materials) recommends helmets with equestrian use.