Boston Mountain Horse Camp – Witts Springs, AR
Do you want some of the best trail riding in the country? Do you want some of the most hospitable and friendly camp hosts? A new horse camp is just getting started in Witts Springs, AR and I cannot wait to share this experience with you!
The Boston Mountains are the “youngest” section of the Ozark Plateau and consist primarily of sandstone and shale.
Riding out from the horse camp you will ride in the Ozark National Forest and the Richland Creek Wilderness area.
The Boston Mountains hold some of the highest elevations within the plateau and this translates to steep and rocky hill climbs and breath taking scenery.
Boston Mountain Horse Camp provides over 200 miles of trails, and in easy reach of the camp are the Ozark Highlands Trail and the Buffalo River trail. The BMHC has a stock trailer for rent and the upper Buffalo River trails are with-in an hour drive.
This is a brand new, first year camp. The camp evolved from friends and family asking to ride here. There are currently 10 sites with water and electric. There 5 or 6 out-door horse pens, and 6 horse-pens in the large barn. There are also some additional barn stalls available. A shower-house is currently under construction. You can find BMHC south of Branson, MO and north of Marshall, AR via HWY 65.
I would say the trail riding is not for the faint of heart. I would suggest that horses have shoes with drill-tech or borium. The rock strata is sometimes mossy and shale can be slicker that what we are used to here in Missouri. I used drill-tech and did not have a problem. It is best if horses are in shape, the hill climbs are steep – both up and down.
On the ride to Twin Falls on Devil’s Fork Creek(20 miles) we had a climbing ascent of 3,643 feet. Twin Falls is also accessible from Falling Waters Horse Camp.
We rode out each day not knowing what to expect, and each day we discovered more great riding and outstanding scenery.
We rode 6 days and covered over 85 miles. The pictures simply can’t do justice to the roar of the falls and rushing creeks.
There were rocky hill climbs, and serene rides on woodland trails where you could here the rush of Richland or Bobtail creek rushing below you.
Andrew and Elizabeth Hendrix and their children Christian and Jonah are fine camp hosts. Maps are provided upon arrival, and when Andrew, family and friends are not working, you will find them out on the trails with you. There is a small general store nearby that sells ice and small grocery goods. The town of Marshall, AR is about a 30 minute drive, and is big enough to have stores and fast food. Boston Mountain HC sells hay and shavings.
If you want some outstanding horseback riding, pristine views, rushing creeks, beautiful waterfalls, and challenging trails, head to Witts Springs, AR and stay at the new Boston Mountain Horse Camp.