Central Carolina Driving Club

Modified: February 26, 2008


Member Trail Write Ups: (click for PDF file) - Submit your favorite places to drive to carolinadriving@yahoo.com.

Double D by Jim B.

These trails are verified as carriage friendly.

Walthour 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 push!

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 drive.

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.comThe 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 park. 

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 attached.

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.

William 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.

http://www.nchorsecouncil.com/trail-information/- North Carolina Horse Council Trails Information

http://www.horseandmuletrails.com/Nc.htm - This is a good website with trails and short-term boarding areas.