Like summer camp, Barnsley Resort has all the amenities to relive childhood adventures

The Inn at Barnsley Resort, featuring 55 king and double-queen rooms, opened last March. / Photo from Barnsley Resort

ADAIRSVILLE, Ga. - It's often been said that riding a horse is a little like riding a bike. Once you've mastered the ride, you don't forget how to do it. That's what I experienced on a recent trip to Barnsley Resort, a 3,000-acre luxury resort destination in the foothills of the Appalachians.

As I settled into my saddle and familiarized myself with the gate of my chestnut mare, Ruby, we forded fast-moving streams, swollen from recent rains; skirted the green of No. 14, the most-challenging hole on the Barnsley's Fazio-designed golf course; and trotted through an open field, its trail well-worn from previous rides. Taking a horseback ride around the property is perhaps the best way to gain perspective of this massive retreat and get yourself oriented.