The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
The Ultimate Guide to Asheville & the Western North Carolina Mountains

The Online Version of the Best-selling Regional Guidebook
 

Susanna Pantas, Artist

Foothills Equestrian
Nature Center
"FENCE"

Pen & Ink Drawings of Biltmore Estate, by Lee James Pantas

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   The Foothills Equestrian Nature Center, also known as FENCE, provides the South Carolina Upstate and Western North Carolina with a nature preserve of 380 acres, open to the public year-round. FENCE has an award-winning equestrian facility that hosts local, regional and national events, offers birding activities and programs and is a learning center for children. FENCE also hosts youth cross-country meets.
   The are over five miles of trails for walking, riding and carriage use, a wildlife pond, quiet meadows and sweeping panoramas. FENCE also hosts steeplechases, horse trails, dressage shows, pleasure driving and cross-country races. Stabling available for over 180 horses, lighted show rings and cross-country and steeplechase courses.

 

Website: Foothills Equestrian Nature Center
Location:
Tryon, NC
Distance: 1 hour from Asheville
Address: 3381 Hunting Country Rd. Tryon, NC 28782
Telephone: 828-859-9021
Hours: Dawn to dusk daily; Office Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Fees: None for hiking and nature trails. Equestrian fees charged for Bed and Barn Program (Bring your own horse, rental stalls and apartment are available.
Resources: Foothills Equestrian Trails Association PO Box 1453, Columbus NC 28722; 828-894-0496
Of Note: The Blockhouse Steeplechase is one of the major equestrian events in North Carolina.
Directions: Take I-26 East from Asheville or Hendersonville. Take S.C. Exit 1. Turn right towards Landrum. Go 1Ĺ miles and take a right onto Bomar Rd. (Liíl Cricket is on the corner). Go one short block and turn right onto Prince Rd. After 1.7 miles, turn left onto Hunting Country Rd., just before the I-26 overpass. Go slightly over Ĺ mile to FENCEís entrance on the right.

 

 

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