Breathe the atmosphere of Ocala horse country on a working horse Ranch!
Why not have all the accommodations of a home with a pristine sunrise/sunset view (right out your window) rather than a hotel room? We offer a few Vacation Guest Cottages, but Happy Trails Lodge has 2 bedrooms, 1 baths and is in our new modern barn near the horses. Amenities incl WiFi internet, Satellite TV, washer and dryer, , full kitchen with every thing you need to cook a Thanksgiving dinner, with rockers just out the front door to watch the world’s best sunrise. Everything you need to sleep & cook with the exception of your tooth brush!
Located on a 30 acre Horse Ranch, Happy Acres is just 6 easy miles East of the quaint little town of Dunnellon & the Rainbow River. It is also only 12 miles south west of Ocala. For more pictures of the Ranch and Happy Trails Lodge please refer to our Happy Acres Ranch, web page link. Almost everything we do is somehow related to horses. Trail riding is our claim to fame but most everyone who comes to the Ranch (whether it be for Square Dancing, Hay Rides, BBQ's, Meetings, Clinics, or parking their RV’s) come to see the horses. At this time we have 17 registered quarter horses, No old broken down nags.
The Ranch has 3 barns with 33 stalls. Nineteen of those are in two newly constructed concrete block barns. These two new barns offer new modern bathroom facilities. Also we provide private tack rooms for boarders. Our stalls are 12’ X 12' but can be enlarged to 24’ X 12’ for foaling or post-natal care. We also provide sleeping quarters in the barn for owners or grooms on one or two day lay over known as Stage Coach Camper. For boarders who want to work their mounts polishing up their skills we have two arenas one lighted. We also have a 50’ round pen.
Lake Otting Park, just 2 miles west of the ranch offers tennis and picnicking and some gorgeous 100 year old oak trees. The area surrounding the ranch has 50 miles of trails just outside the front gate and The Pruitt Trailhead (only 3 miles from the Ranch) which merges into the Florida Greenway (now a State Park) which provides trail riding through the central part of the State. You can trail ride all day and camp at night.
The famous Rainbow River offers a good diversion to the Ranch. There you can visit the Rainbow Springs State Park. If you would like to see what Florida looked like before all the people came that’s the place. Take a relaxing boat trip or swim, float, snorkel, dive or fish on the river. Do you like photography? You’ll see turtles, herons, ducks, otters & maybe even an elusive alligator. Dunnellon brags that they are the Bass Fishing Capital of Florida.
The Ranch is 1 hour & 15 minutes from the Orlando or Tampa Airports & less to Disney and most of the Theme parks. Also, Salt water fishing in the Gulf of Mexico is less than 20 minutes away & the renowned Florida favorite, Daytona Beach is less than 90 minutes East of Happy Acres.
In August 2005 Jim Moore left the hustle & bustle of the construction business in West Palm Beach, FL & purchased a little farm in Dunnellon, FL (just 12 miles south west of Ocala & 6 miles east of Dunnellon.) It soon became known as Happy Acres Ranch. It was purchased only for a get-away retreat at first. However when the housing bust came in 2008 Moore began liquidating as many properties as he could all over the State and eventually regrouped at the Ranch. Visitors then began coming to the ranch to see the horses. The rest is history.
Jim Moore purchased this apartment in 2005
When we were shopping in 2005 for a place to use as a family retreat in the North Central Florida area we looked, among other places, at the Rainbow River area. Even though we found the River area very appealing we wanted more land. We wanted a place where we could have horses, cows, chickens a garden or whatever we wanted without disturbing our neighbors. When we saw the property now known as Happy Acres Ranch, we just fell in love. For us it was heaven. We hope visitors find it as wonderful as we have.
The view itself is worth the visit. You can walk out the back door right into the barn and see the horses. Sitting on the front chairs with a cup of coffee watching the sun come up is very satisfying. If you are not an early riser then looking at the sun go down from the front porch again in one of our rockers with a cocktail is just as pleasurable.
Inside not only do we have WI-FI internet service for your lap top but satellite DIRECTV with all those movie channels, news channels and the NFL ticket. If you come from Wisconsin, let’s say, you can watch the Packers play on Sunday. The full kitchen offers microwave, roaster, stove with oven & all the dishes, pots & pans needed for a Thanksgiving dinner. In the winter months the fireplace gives you that romantic ambiance. In the Master bedroom there is a king size bed. There is also another king size bed in the front room and a pull out couch. There is a Bar B Q on the front porch where you can charcoal some burgers, steaks or fish.
All linens and towels needed are in the closets with a washer and dryer if needed. You are welcome to have visitors to enjoy your vacation experience. - We hope to see you soon
We had a wonderfull time. The owner was very hospitible and took care of our every need. We even went horseback riding in the woods. The horses were very gentle. We will be back again for sure.
Dunnellon (which is 6 miles west of the ranch) and Ocala (which is 10 miles to the northeast) places our ranch right in the middle of some of the best golf courses in Florida. Lake Otting Park, just 2 miles west of the ranch offers tennis and picnicking and some 100 year old oak trees.
The area surrounding the ranch has 50 miles of trails just outside the front gate.
The Pruitt Trail head is only 3 miles from the Ranch which also merges into the Florida Greenway (a State Park) which provides trail riding through the central part of the State. Also the surrounding area offers boating, canoeing and swimming just 6 miles from the ranch at Rainbow Springs and the Rainbow River.
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