Travel The Fern Forest Trail by Horseback

Guided Horseback Riding on the Fern Forest Trail

Cullowhee, United States
  • 45 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Follow your guide on a 45-minute horseback riding adventure at Arrowmont Stables and Cabins outside of Asheville, North Carolina. Choose from a variety of departure times, and ride the beautiful Fern Forest Trail, traveling through a dense forest on relatively flat terrain at 4,000 feet. This gentle trail, situated in the Nantahala National Forest, is suitable for all skill levels. Guided safety training plus a ‘test drive’ and helmet (mandatory for those under 18) are provided.
  • Horseback riding tour in the North Carolina mountains
  • Get to know the horses and select the perfect one to ride
  • Travel the Fern Forest Trail, with elevations up to 4,000 feet
  • Guided safety training 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

Upon arrival at Arrowmont Stables and Cabins in Cullowhee, North Carolina, meet the horses and begin a 40- to 50-minute safety program that includes a video or live horse training and safety demonstration. Get to know the horses' personalities and, if desired, try the horse of choice in ‘the ring’ before departing. Helmets (as well as raincoats/ponchos) are provided at no charge.

Travel through the Old Fort Lodge, a former youth camp that is still used for activities and special events, then embark on the beautiful Fern Forest Trail with your guide, riding through a lush, deep wood at 4,000 feet. Situated within the Nantahala National Forest, the trail is relatively flat considering its elevation and is suitable for all skill levels. Look for a variety of wildlife in their natural environment, including local wild turkeys and deer.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 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
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please Note: The safety program 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
  • Ages need to be given at time of booking so we may assign proper horses
  • Closed-toe shoes are required
  • Long pants recommended
  • Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult
  • 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.

Traveler Photos


14 reviews
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Showing 1-5 of 14 reviews
The ride was beautiful...
MIKE_S, Aug 2023
The ride was beautiful and quiet. We loved everything and everyone we met that day. Our guide was very knowledgeable
Loved it
Kate_C, May 2022
Great experience. Everyone was friendly and our guide was very helpful. The scenery was beautiful. We would go again.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Kate, so grateful you enjoyed your time with us. We look forward to serving you again.
Will go back !
Allen_F, Sep 2021
Great time and very knowledgeable guides! We took the shorter trail ride but really enjoyed the experience.
Response from Host, Mar 2022
Dear Allen, thank you for coming to Arrowmont Stables and letting others know about your trail ride.
5 stars
Kayla_P, Sep 2021
Fun and staff was amazing on our trail!!! I loved it and was so beautiful! So peaceful and adventurous
Response from Host, Mar 2022
Thanks Kayla for coming to Arrowmont!
Nice place, very remote.
Stacey_M, Apr 2021
Nice ride, horses were great. Very remote. Beautiful drive to get there too but warning it is about 1 1/2 hours from Asheville.
Response from Host, Mar 2022
Hi Stacey, yes it is a bit of a drive but the mountains are definitely worth it! :)

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