My family have gone to Uncle Bucks each October since our first trip there in 2003. Its in a beautiful setting in the Zaleski state forest. The drive from Lake Hope to Uncle Bucks is also beautiful. After the first mile, and after the LAST house, the road narrows and becomes one lane of gravel. I can't adequately describe just how beautiful this drive is during October! As the Uncle Bucks brochure states, "don't give up" on your way there. Just stay to the left at every intersection and you will find Uncle Bucks after first passing the site of the "haunted" Moonville tunnel and Lookout Rock. Both of those are worth a stop.
Anyway, back to Uncle Bucks: the staff has always been very friendly and helpful and patient. As another reviewer wrote, the horses are well-trained and easy to ride. My daughter first rode alone when she was seven years old, so that shouid tell you something about the horses. We have always taken the one-hour ride, and have enjoyed it every time, in all types of conditions ranging from muddy to dusty dry, from sunny to drizzly.
For the past few years we have also eaten our lunch there after our 10am ride. The food is good, home-cooked food that is reasonably priced. We normally play cornhole and enjoy a fire in the nearby firepit while waiting for our food to be served.
If you enjoy the outdoors, then this place is for you. I'm sure that its beautiful any time of the year, but I have only been there in October. We have always called about a month ahead to make reservations, but reservations aren't required.The cost for rides is $25 per hour, per horse (unless it has increased since Oct. 2011). You can view their website here: http://www.unclebucksstable.com/Welcome.html
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