Ride on horseback through the Fern Forest Trail, clomping into enchanting woods and lush ferns of the North Carolina mountains. Your 45- to 60-minute guided tour starts with a 1-hour safety briefing and training at the Arrowmont Stables and Cabins, located just north of Cashiers, NC. Choose from a variety of departure times.
Meet your guide at Arrowmont Stables and Cabins in Cullowhee North Carolina, which is about a 2-hour drive from Asheville. At this 200-acre (80-hectare) working horse farm you’ll get acquainted with equine behavior and riding tips during a 50-minute safety program via training video or live demonstration.Once you’re matched with a suitable horse, snap on your helmet then practice horseback riding in the ring before setting off on the Fern Forest Trail, a gentle path that is suitable for all skill levels. You'll pass by the cabins of an old youth camp and meander through a variety of terrain including a dense fern forest that reaches 3800 feet in elevation.Listen to birds sing and keep a lookout for a variety of wildlife, including local wild turkeys and deer, before ending your tour back at the stables.Some RIDING TIPS: • Horses don't know they are big. That's why we can control them with the bit in their mouth. • Horses think like little children. They want you to protect them. • Horses can be very stubborn. Whoever is MOST stubborn wins. You need to be more stubborn than the horse.