Bennett’s Riding Stable nestled at the bottom of Beech Mountain on Gage Hill Road in Lake Luzerne has been family owned and operated since 1942. “My husband Larry went to work for his uncle when he was only 11 years old,” Bonnie Bennett owner and manager explained, “the only interruption was during World War II when his uncle was held as a POW in Germany.”
“This area has been a famous ranch area for tourists and people coming up from the city for years,” Bonnie explained, “people come here to ride horses and a lot of people met here, fell in love here and got married here.”
Though Larry is still actively involved in the maintenance of trails and carrying for the horses, Bonnie took the reins of the business in 1989, celebrating her twentieth anniversary in that role in 2009.
With access to over 1,000 acres of land near their stable in Lake Luzerne, Bennett’s Riding Stable has enough trails available to accommodate riders looking for short 1 hour rides, 2 hour rides to the top of Beech Mountain or the longer sunset dinner rides.
The half day mountain ride ascends Beech Mountain along a rocky trail that zig zags up the mountain. From the summit, riders are treated to a scenic view of the Adirondack foothills, vivid with reds, oranges and yellows in the fall. While relaxing at the mountain’s peak, riders are offered a birds eye view of the former Hidden Valley Ranch, now known as Double H Hole in the Woods, co-founded Charles R. Wood and actor Paul Newman.
Dinner rides are available Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day weekend, by reservation only. The BBQ includes steak, baked potato, salad, dessert and corn.
Currently, rates are $35 for the hour ride and $65 for the mountain ride. Prices are subject to change. (Call for updated pricing.) Riders must be at least 7 years old.
For more information or to reserve a ride time Bennett Stables can be reached at 518-696-4444.
Directions: Bennett’s Riding Stable is located on Route 9N (Northway Exit 21), 5 miles from Lake George.