Black Prong is conveniently located 2 hours from four area airports Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville, and Daytona Airports and 50 mins from Gainesville Airport.
FROM VARIOUS POINTS IN FLORIDA:
From I-75 Southbound
At Gainesville, take exit 382 for FL-121 toward FL-331/Gainesville/Williston for 23.4 miles (there will be many turns along the way). After Williston, take a right onto E Levy Rd (CR 336) for 5 miles. Then a left onto CR 337 for 1 mile to Black Prong.
US-19-98 at Chiefland turn left on Alt US 27, go 11 miles to Bronson, 0.4 miles past light (at intersection 24) turn right on CR 337, 8.5 miles on right.
From I-75 Northbound
At Ocala take exit 354 US 27 North (left) go 11 miles, turn west on CR 326 (approx 16 miles - one big turn in road where you cross US Hwy 41 and take a left to stay on CR 326, then turn north on CR 337, Black Prong is 2.5 Miles on left.
U.S. Mailing Address: Black Prong Equestrian Center 450 S.E. CR 337 Bronson, FL 32621
GPS Coordinates: 29.323171,-82.600928
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is Black Prong?
Black Prong Equestrian Center is located in the heart of central Florida, in the area from above Clearwater to the Ochlockonee Bay known as "Florida's Nature Coast." Black Prong is in the town of Bronson. Just 30 minutes from Ocala, the Horse Capital of the World and many freshwater lakes and rivers, the coastline, and other sights that offer a variety of outdoor activities (e.g., Crystal River, Rainbow River, Homosassa Springs, Cedar Key, Silver Springs). Black Prong is also located within 100 miles of five airports: Ocala, Gainesville, Tampa, Orlando, and Jacksonville.
Where did the name "Black Prong" come from?
It seemed fitting to name Black Prong Equestrian Center after a local creek right here in the Goethe Forest, at the head of the Black Prong tract. A "prong" is a fork of a creek, and the tannic acid produced from the area's lush vegetation makes the water appear black.
How do I make a reservation to stay at Black Prong?
Please call the office at 352-486-1234 to request the dates you require; when we receive your 25% deposit, your reservation is considered firm. We accept payment via credit cards or check.
Do the apartments have a Television?
Yes! Each apartment is equipped with a color flat screen TV featuring satellite reception.
What about phone service and internet connections?
Each apartment is equipped with 2 phone lines. Also, centrally located "house phones" are available for your convenience in making local calls. Unfortunately, since high-speed/broadband internet is not readily available in Bronson we are unable to provide this service to our guests. However, our guests indicate that personal wireless modems such as air cards or cell phones and dial-up via phone lines are effective in meeting their needs.
What are the apartment amenities?
For your convenience, your apartment is generously supplied with cooking utensils, dishes, silverware, frying pan, outdoor gas grills, toaster, microwave oven, full-size refrigerator, small freezer with ice cube tray, electric hot-water tea kettle, iron, and central heating and air conditioning. There is no conventional stove/oven (per local ordinance) however, our guests find that the microwave and outdoor grill are more than sufficient for a comfortable and enjoyable stay. Outdoor shared washing machines and dryers are also conveniently located near apartments for person/human use only - no horse or pet laundry, please!
Are bed linens and towels provided?
Bed linens and two sets of towels are provided however are not refreshed during your stay. Additional linens and towels can be available upon request only.
Is it OK to bring dogs? Does it matter if they stay inside or outside?
Black Prong is a pet-friendly facility. We simply ask that you use good judgment - for the safety of your animals and consideration of other guests - in keeping your pets leashed (when outside) and well mannered (when inside). We've designed Black Prong to be your "home away from home". Thank you for helping us keep it special for all guests - and yourself, as we hope you'll return year after year!
*If you are staying in one of the apartments on location there is a $25 a night pet fee up to $100 per stay.
Why does Black Prong facility seem to focus on carriage driving?
Although our personal favorite is Carriage Driving, we're fans of ALL things equestrian! That's why we've developed Black Prong as a resource center and place in the sun for ALL equine sports - including all driven and ridden disciplines. Enjoy training, vacationing, and lodging with us - and please tell your friends who enjoy ridden dressage, events under saddle, endurance or trail riding to come on down!
What does Black Prong offer for the non-horse person?
While Black Prong has been designed with the horse enthusiast in mind there are many opportunities to enjoy other recreations. With acres of the Goethe State Forest at your finger tips Black Prong is also a great location for hiking, hunting, wildlife viewings, fishing, picnicking, bicycling and more. Also, Black Prong is within a 30 minute drive from a number of freshwater lakes and rivers, as well as the ocean. You can use the facilities for $50 for a single day.
May I bring my own trainer?
Yes! Black Prong exists to facilitate the unique needs of you and your horse - whether riding, driving, or training. Several excellent trainers make their winter home at Black Prong; however, you are welcome to bring your own, or use any local trainer.
Why are some dressage rings or areas of the facility closed during the season?
To maintain a beautiful facility and services we provide our clients and guests consistent ground maintenance is critical. Therefore, we must reserve the right to temporarily close parts of the facilities (obstacles, roads, rings, etc) on a daily or seasonal basis for maintenance, preservation, and security purposes.
Why are some obstacles closed?
Established American Driving Society (ADS) rules indicate that within 30 days of an event, competitor may NOT drive in any obstacle to be used for the event. Specifically, competitors may not drive in, ride through, or school any horse in the marathon obstacles of an even in which they are competing within 30-day period before the event At Black Prong these closed obstacles will be clearly marked with closed signs.
Can I visit the property to see what it's all about?
During regular hours we invite you to drive through or stop by and visit the facility. Our policy of open passage has not changed; however, use of any of the facilities (e.g., anything off the roads) is prohibited for non-guests without a Facility Day Use pass.
What kinds of events and shows are held at Black Prong? And how do I find out about them?
Events and shows are held at Black Prong throughout the year. Generally our events and shows focus on driving/combined driving events if hosted by Black Prong. However, other events such as pleasure drives, endurance rides, Jack Russel Races, etc are held at Black Prong or nearby in the Goethe State Forest. We also have facility rentals for Weddings, Christmas Parties, Banquets, Community Fundraisers etc& There is a beautiful pavilion onsite, which is fabulous for hosting these kind of functions. Information on events and shows at Black Prong and surrounding area can be found on our events calendar.
What health facilities are located nearby?
Within 30 miles there are: the North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville; Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala; and Shands Hospital at the University of Florida.
450 SE CR 337
Bronson, Levy County 32621