UNCOMMON MAINE: Explore One of Casco Bay’s Most Popular Islands on Horseback
Horseback Riding with Horse Island Camp
Peaks Island, Maine
Peaks Island is one of the most visited islands in Casco Bay. Tourists and locals alike love this adorable little island just a quick ferry ride away from the big city of Portland. You've probably heard about the bike rental shop, and the golf cart tours, and the on-foot exploring you can do at Battery Steele. You may not know that Peaks Island can be experienced from a totally different view -- between the ears of your noble steed on horseback, thanks to Horse Island Camp.
Horse Island Camp offers weekly and daily summer camps for kids interested in learning more about equines and sharpening their riding skills. The camp also offers private trail rides by the hour for anyone looking to experience Peaks Island from a different view.
The owner of Horse Island Camp, Jeanie, has always loved horses. She grew up dreaming of being around horses but as one of nine kids, she never had the opportunity. Jeanie started the camp when he daughter's Brownie Troop began horseback riding lessons for a badge. She didn't want the lessons to end, and the lesson horse just happened to be for sale, so mom of the year Jeanie scooped up the horse and added more to her herd later that year.
When her childhood home on Peaks Island went for sale, Jeanie purchased the house and moved back to the island. She opened Horse Island Camp in 1998 and runs the camp during summer vacations.
If you are looking for a memorable, unique experience on one of Maine's most beloved islands, book a trail ride with Horse Island Camp. Prices range from $40-$65/hour per person.