Trail Write Ups: (click for PDF file) - Submit your
favorite places to drive to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Double D by Jim
These trails are
verified as carriage friendly.
Moss Foundation - http://www.walthour-moss.com/ -
Southen Pines, NC. The Walthour Moss Foundation is a collection of
over 4,000 acres of land dedicated for equestrian use. The
Foundation is very carriage friendly. Fox Hunting is also
popular on the land. The trails are well marked, and the fire
roads are great for carriages - however, the sand may be soft in
some areas. You may feel like you need to get out and
Leatherwood Mountains - www.leatherwoodmountains.com - Ferguson, NC. This is a great place to
rent a cabin and hand out with your horse(s). Some of the
trails are not carriage friendly, but some of them will work
for hardy carts or wagons. There is a few miles of paved
road and meadow with a creek that can be a great easy
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park
- Blowing Rock, NC. This is an
amazing park for carriage driving. The 25 miles of trails
where originally set up for the Cone family to drive the carriages
on. This is a day park only. For overnight boarding (and
other events) see www.blowingrockequestrian.com. The best site to learn more about the park is
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moses_H._Cone_Memorial_Park. Click here for a MAP of the
Howell Woods - http://www.johnstoncc.edu/howellwoods/ -
Four Oaks, NC. This is a wonderful educational park with about
15 miles of equestrian trails. Equestrian use requires
registration (on the website - have to mail or fax it in before you
can reserve a spot) and a reservation. The fee is $10 per
horse. The equestrian trails are multi-use and are marked with
green road signs. The trails are fire and access roads, with
good footing. Some of the footing is crushed gravel,
some is compacted dirt and some is sand. One of the
trails has a creek crossing and runs by the Neuse River. There
is a very large horse trailer parking area with port-potties.
The trails have gates, but your reservation includes a key for the
gate. The gates are about 14' wide.
These trails are verified as
horse friendly but may not welcome horses with wheels
American Tobacco Trail - http://www.triangletrails.org/ATT.HTM -
South of Apex into Apex. There is a niced granite screenings
section next to the paved section that is for equestrian use.
This is an out and back trail, and it even has a tunnel under HWY
64. This trail is currently for riding only.
Umstead State Park - http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/wium/main.php -
This is near RDU Airpot. Umstead State Park has about 13 miles
of bridle trails (multi-use, think hikers, bikers, strollers) that
are granite screenings trails. Umstead is currently not
carriage friendly, but it is a great place to ride.
North Carolina Horse Council Trails Information
This is a good website with trails and short-term boarding