Outdoor Activities: Horseback Riding

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Horseback Riding
In Pisgah National Forest, there are roughly 100 miles of horseback trails. A visit to the Pisgah Forest Ranger Station on U. S. 276 is recommended before hitting the trail, or call (828) 877-3265. Guided trips are also available at Pisgah Forest Stables which is located two miles into the forest off U.S. 276 on Avery Creek Road. For more information, call (828) 883-8258 or go to pisgahstables.com. In DuPont State Recreational Forest, there are more than 82 miles of forest roads and trails open to horseback.

The DuPont State Recreational Forest office may be reached at (828) 877-6527. In Gorges State Park, horses are allowed on the 12-mile roundtrip Auger Hole Trail from the Frozen Creek Access to Turkey Pen Gap on the park’s western boundary. Visitors must show proof of a negative equine infectious anemia test when visiting state parks with their horses. For more information about Gorges State Park, call (828) 966-9099, or e-mail at gorges@ncmail.net .

The following are some other options for horseback riding in the county: •Holly View Farm is located on Lyday Loop Road in Pisgah Forest. For more information, call (828) 507-3763 or go to www.holly-view.com. •The WhiteWater Equestrian Center is located on N.C. 281 south near Sapphire. Call (828) 966-9646 or go to www.funhorsebackriding.com.

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