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Guided Horseback Ride through Flame Azalea and Fern Forest

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Cullowhee, United States
Guided Horseback Ride through Flame Azalea and Fern Forest
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icon1 hour 15 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Horseback riding through the Blue Ridge Mountains is a beautiful way to explore the area’s natural attractions. Trot through fern groves, past rows of wild flame azaleas, and into a white pine forest on well-trained, gentle horses. This tour includes a safety training, too, making it a good choice for beginner horseback riders and children.
  • Blue Ridge Mountain horseback riding tour from Asheville
  • Explore Blue Ridge scenery without having to hike
  • Guide leads you to forests and meadows you might miss on your own
  • Beginner horseback riders welcome—training is included
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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
DVD (available to purchase)
276 Arrowmont Trl , 276 Arrowmont Trl, Cullowhee, NC 28723, USA

For the Meeting Point, go to Cullowhee North Carolina. At the 4th stop light on hwy 107 turn right on to Cullowhee Mountain Road and go 9 miles to the top of Cullowhee Mountain. Turn left onto our driveway, Arrowmont Trail. Go 1/4 mile on our driveway and meet us at the Stables.

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Plan an extra 50-60 minutes, in addition to your trail time, for your safety and training program.
  • Please Note, This Starts at your stated trail time, not before it. Your Trail immediately follows your safety program.
  • Your Safety Program consists of a video or live demonstration covering the horse's training, safety and horse personality.
  • You are given a chance to try your horse in the ring before departing. If needed, your horse can be changed before your trail.
  • All passenger ages must be advised at time of booking
  • Closed-toe shoes are required
  • Long pants recommended
  • Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Use of helmet mandatory for under 18 years old
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • If it looks like rain, bring an extra T-shirt and towel
  • You will try your horse out in the ring before going on your trail
  • The Safety Program Starts at your stated trail time, not before it. Your Trail immediately follows your safety program
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Arrowmont Stables & Cabins
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during Guided Horseback Ride through Flame Azalea and Fern Forest?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Guided Horseback Ride through Flame Azalea and Fern Forest.
What is the social distancing policy during Guided Horseback Ride through Flame Azalea and Fern Forest?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Guided Horseback Ride through Flame Azalea and Fern Forest.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Guided Horseback Ride through Flame Azalea and Fern Forest?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Muddy Trail, But Great Time!
, Apr 2022
Had a really great time! My Wife and I really enjoyed our time at Arrowmont Stables. The guided horseback ride was very enjoyable. the guide was reassuring and very helpful. Thank you all at Arrowmont stables for a Great Experience! The trail was muddy, the riders mostly newbs (me). but with the help and guidance from the staff at Arrowmont Stables we all had a Great time!
The perfect getaway ❤️
, Feb 2022
The most memorable part of our experience was the planted pine trees, the Boy Scout camp, the beautiful scenery, and being a first time rider. The tour guides made us feel comfortable and were very knowledgeable.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thanks so much for taking the time to share your experience at Arrowmont Stables & Cabins. We try hard to make sure everyone has a wonderful stay and are grateful you enjoyed your time.
Our family loved this first time experience
, Nov 2021
We have no riding experience. The tour guide kept us safe while guiding our family thru some steep hills. We didnt bet on the beautiful landscape during our ride nor the small history and horticulture lessons. If you plan on having in the area for awhile this was def a god time to be outside with animals.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
What a sweet thing to say about us. So glad we were able to provide you and your family with a great ride.
Great Riding Experience
, Jul 2021
The horseback riding was awesome. It was my first time riding, the guide and staff were all great! We rode through the mountains, great scenery. I would definitely recommend this activity.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Alan, thanks so much for telling us you had such a great time!
Calm trail ride
, Jul 2021
The ride was very relaxing as we trailed through the mountain. Ground was wet from prior rain so muddy. Would of liked to see more open views of countryside. Guide was very informative. Can’t compete with nature.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Hi Yvonne, so happy you had a relaxing ride! Blessings
, May 2021
Our tour guide, Josh, was very knowledgeable about the tour, horses, and history of the area. He would stop intermittently to make sure everyone was still comfortable on their horse and asked if we had any questions. It was an amazing experience to get ride a horse through the Smokey Mountains. We’ll definitely be going back!!!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thanks, Alisa for your kind and thoughtful words.
Great experience!!
, Apr 2021
Husband was afraid prior to ride and only been on a horse once before our ride. He now can stop talking about how much he enjoyed the ride and how impressed he was with Scout. The scenery was lovely. Only wish was that we could have taken photos along the trail. Overall, great experience.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Hi Donna, so happy your husband enjoyed it as well as you. Next time, just ask your guide if you could stop to take pictures. That's definitely part of the program for you.
Great place to see the country side on horseback
, Dec 2020
Great trail ride with wonderfully trained and beautiful horses. Our guides were very informative, friendly and concerned for our safety. The safety video was very informative and funny. Great way to teach about riding safety. Thanks for a great day! We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!
Good experience for those with NO horse experience!
, Oct 2020
Good experience if you’ve never been on a horse! If you’re looking to truly ride/run a horse then this experience is not for you! Walked the house the the entire hour up and down narrow mountain paths! Went in the fall and the landscape was beautiful!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Fun Mountain Ride
, Oct 2020
Wonderful experience. The horses were well trained and the staff was very helpful. Beautiful scenery.
Felt like a real cowgirl!
, Aug 2020
I’ve ridden horses before, but would still call myself a beginner for sure, saying this in the fact that I felt like this was my first actual horse ride on a trail. You definitely get your money’s worth In this tour not only do you get real training in handling a horse, but the view and the trail Is very nice, plus your on the horse for over an hour so definitely worth doing. Plus our guide Josh was extremely patient with all my freaking out moments, and I had quite a few 😕, but all in all it was a great adventure and am definitely glad that I got to do!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Wow, Crystal, so delighted you actually felt like a real cowgirl! That's a great comment.

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