Horseback Riding on the Fern Forest Trail

Outdoor Activities in USA

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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.

What’s included

  • Safety orientation
  • Horseback ride (based on option selected)
  • Use of all equipment (horse, tack, and helmet)
  • Use of helmet mandatory for under 18 years old
  • Ponchos or rain coats provided for inclement weather
  • Majestic Trails with a variety in terrain from 4200 feet elevation at the top to 3400 feet in the valley
  • Local guide

What’s not included

  • Gratuities
  • DVD (available to purchase)


  • Perfect for all ages and skill level
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Popular choice with kids
  • Ideal choice for families
  • Led by a local guide
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city