Guided Horseback Ride through Flame Azalea and Fern Forest

Badge of ExcellenceCullowhee, United States
Horseback Riding Adventure on the Flame Fern Trail

From $109.50

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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

What's Included

  • Safety orientation
  • Horseback Ride (based on option selected)
  • Use of all equipment (horse, tack and helmet)
  • Helmets are mandatory for all riders
  • 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
  • Gratuities
  • DVD (available to purchase)

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 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.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • 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.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers

Cancellation Policy

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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Featured review
My daughter is a beginner and pretty shy. She is very into riding and loves horses. This was her 4th ride. It was beautiful and safe. My 8 year old told me it was the best experience of her life! It was magical for me as well. Our guide Josh kept us safe and had fun facts about the trail. We will definitely come back again.


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Super fun!
Tricia_T, Aug 2023
Awesome day!! The safety video was very thorough and the guides matched us with great horses - we had an amazing ride and recommend this 100%!
Ellen_C, Aug 2023
Some of the kindest people on the planet. I had a medical emergency on the trail and the trail guide responded with calmness and surety. They got me down off the trail without incident. …the horses the chose for us were perfect for our individual riding abilities. Professionals.
Amazing Experience
Bohdan_A, Aug 2023
The tour was beautiful and riding the horse as a first time rider was incredibly rewarding. It's an awesome experience I recommend to anyone especially to people who've always wanted to try it.
Arrowmont stables is wonderful.
Marcelle_D, Jul 2023
This was my husband’s first time on a horse and it was during our annual anniversary trip. We have such a great time. The horses were just beautiful and amazing and we loved our guide.
Exceptional views and very professional
Blair_D, Jul 2023
My daughter is a beginner and pretty shy. She is very into riding and loves horses. This was her 4th ride. It was beautiful and safe. My 8 year old told me it was the best experience of her life! It was magical for me as well. Our guide Josh kept us safe and had fun facts about the trail. We will definitely come back again.
Peaceful riding therapy!
jonathan_r, Dec 2022
My wife and I enjoyed a peaceful, and beautiful horse ride. 🐎 we are planning to experience this again! Josh was an excellent guide!
Response from Host, Jan 2023
We are so grateful you took the time to share your story with us and others. Thank you!
Wonderful time
Leonora_L, Nov 2022
Is absolutely beautiful and the people are very helpful and knowledgeable. The horses are super nice and gentle souls.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
So happy you enjoyed your ride and the staff (people and horses). Yes, we are blessed with great staff who work their hardest to make sure your ride is a great one!
Great experience
Janean_G, Oct 2022
First time riding and Spike (the horse) was a wonderful host. Went during the fall and had a wonderful of the mountain side. Recommend for everyone.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Thanks for sharing and we are grateful you had a wonderful time! Yup, Spike is a sweety.
We unfortunately had a...
Jessica_B, Oct 2022
We unfortunately had a flat tire on the side of the mountain and were not able to make it. They were very rude and not helpful at all about the situation. Things happen but they were not willing to work with us at all. Would not recommend.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Jessica, I'm sorry you thought we were rude and uncooperative. We certainly didn't intend or try to be. We did offer to reschedule you anytime during the next 3 months without any additional charge. You also could have come later that day. I regret you thought that is not trying to work with you. Our offer to reschedule still stands with another 3 months to use it. Blessings to you.
Great guide and beautiful...
Jesus_C, Sep 2022
Great guide and beautiful scenery, very calm and relaxing horse ride through the mountains. Learned a bit of history as well. Horses are very nice.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
These mountains are definitely "God's Country". We are so glad you see it too! Also happy you enjoyed the horses as well.
Worth the drive
Amy_M, Sep 2022
It was much further out from Asheville than we expected but definitely worth the trip. Josh was an amazing tour guide.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
So happy you feel the drive is worth it. That makes our day! And, yes, Josh is an amazing Guide and person.
Way to long of a trip. The video was at least 30 minutes
Sharon_P, Sep 2022
Ride was nice. The into video was ridiculously long and could have been told to us while getting on the horses. 3::30 trip wasn’t done until 6:45.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Grateful you thought the ride was nice and sorry you felt the video was too long. We try hard to do a great job but sometimes we miss some people's mark.
Beautiful, serene, comfortable
kyle_z, Aug 2022
My wife and I came on our honeymoon all the way from Texas, and not only was the horseback riding fun, but the whole experience was beautiful, serene, and quite comfortable. Our guide, Joshua, was very knowledgeable and spoke up for people in the back. We also weren't expected to do much that you couldn't learn during a quick walk-through. Even the drive up the mountain was wonderful, though a little scary if you obey the speed limit😅 (Lots of switch-bqck curves)
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Kyle, it was so kind of you to take the time to let others know about your ride. We're so grateful your entire experience was "beautiful" as well as serene!
Julie_K, Aug 2022
Fabulous experience, beautiful trails and professionally run business. The drive there was gorgeous too.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Hi Julie, thanks for such a great comment (even about the drive). Blessings
Great fun and safe experience
Laura_G, Jul 2022
Beautiful trail tour in the forest. Horses where great and so was our guide. We highly recommend this tour, great fun and safe experience!
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Laura, what an awesome comment and it is very much appreciated!!
Very fun
Garrett_F, Jun 2022
Getting on and riding the horse for the first time and seeing the view of the blue ridge mountain thx
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Hey Garrett, so happy your first time seeing the Blue Ridge was a fun one for you.
Fun time on horseback in the woods
Christine_P, May 2022
The experience was overall a great time. The horses were well trained and clean, all equipment was well maintained. The only thing that could have been better is that my husband and I were in a pack of maybe 13-15 riders not including the 2 guides that were on each end. I could not hear either guide well . We had extra people in our group because I guess their ride got rained out a day or 2 before. We were pretty squeezed together the whole time which made the horses a bit more feisty (biting the rumps in front and evil eyes to the rear). The view was great and the guides were helpful always checking in to make sure all was ok. Lovely area for a trail ride.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Sometimes the group may be more than you would like. Sorry about that. But I'm glad you saw that the Guides were always checking on you to make sure you were ok.
Muddy Trail, But Great Time!
Jason_H, 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!
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Sometimes we have a lot of rain (most don't know this is a rain forest) and, occassionally, that can play havoc. But happy you had a great time!
The perfect getaway ❤️
Antoinette_E, 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.
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
Tonia_H, 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.
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.

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