Guided Horseback Ride through Flame Azalea and Fern Forest

4.8 (52)
Cullowhee, US
4.8 (52)
Cullowhee, US
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Embark on a thrilling adventure with a Guided Horseback Ride through Flame Azalea and Fern Forest. As you journey up the mountain, you'll be surrounded by a breathtaking hardwood forest adorned with vibrant wild Flame Azaleas. The trail then leads you into an enchanting white pine forest, reminiscent of scenes from the Star Wars movie. At Arrowmont Stables and Cabins in Cullowhee, North Carolina, you'll begin with a safety program, including a live horse riding and safety demonstration. Get acquainted with your horse's personality and test them out in the ring before setting off on your guided ride. Helmets and raincoats/ponchos are provided, ensuring your comfort throughout the experience. With a variety of terrain and majestic trails ranging from 4200 feet elevation at the top to 3400 feet in the valley, this unforgettable horseback ride promises to be an exhilarating and picturesque journey.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • 1 hours 15 minutes
  • Suitable for 1-8 Participants
  • Small Group Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Guided horseback ride through beautiful Flame Azalea and Fern Forest
  • Get to know your horse's personality and try them out in the ring
  • Enjoy the enchanting white pine forest, like being in the Star Wars movie
  • Experience the thrill of controlling a powerful horse with just a bit in its mouth
  • Explore the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway during the ride
  • Local guide
  • Use of all equipment (horse, tack and helmet)
  • Ponchos or rain coats provided for inclement weather
  • Horseback ride (based on option selected)
  • Majestic trails with a variety in terrain from 4200 feet elevation at the top to 3400 feet in the valley
  • Helmets are mandatory for all riders
  • Safety orientation
  • Gratuities
  • Dvd (available to purchase)

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Experience the beauty of nature on a guided horseback ride through the Flame Azalea and Fern Forest. This activity promises an unforgettable journey through stunning landscapes, immersing you in the wonders of the great outdoors. As you saddle up and embark on this adventure, get ready to be captivated by the enchanting sights and sounds of the wilderness.

What to expect?

During this guided horseback ride, you can expect to be surrounded by the vibrant colors of Flame Azaleas as you traverse through a hardwood forest. The trail then leads you into a mystical Fern Forest, where towering white pine trees create a captivating atmosphere reminiscent of scenes from the Star Wars movies. You'll have the opportunity to get to know your horse and its unique personality before setting off on the trail.

Who is this for?

This horseback ride is perfect for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers of all skill levels. Whether you're a seasoned rider or a beginner, this experience is designed to accommodate everyone. Families, couples, and individuals looking to connect with nature and embark on a memorable outdoor adventure will find this guided ride to be an ideal choice.

Why book this?

Embarking on this guided horseback ride offers a multitude of unique selling points and advantages. Firstly, you'll have the opportunity to explore the breathtaking beauty of the Flame Azalea and Fern Forest, allowing you to immerse yourself in nature's wonders. Additionally, the experience is suitable for riders of all levels, ensuring that everyone can participate and enjoy the adventure. The chance to bond with your horse before setting off on the trail adds an extra layer of connection and trust to the experience. Arrowmont Stables and Cabins in Cullowhee, North Carolina, provides a safe and educational environment, ensuring that you feel confident and prepared throughout the ride.

Good to know

Before embarking on the trail ride, you'll complete an Assumption of Responsibility form for each rider and participate in a safety program that includes a video or live horse riding and safety demonstration. The horses are well-cared for and have their own personalities, allowing you to form a unique connection with your equine companion. Helmets, as well as raincoats/ponchos, are provided at no charge, ensuring your comfort during inclement weather. The trail times are approximate, as horses cannot be timed precisely, and may vary depending on various factors such as skill levels and group dynamics. Additionally, riding tips are provided, ensuring that you feel confident and knowledgeable throughout the experience.


Customers who have participated in this guided horseback ride rave about the breathtaking scenery and the sense of adventure it offers. They praise the friendly and knowledgeable guides who ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all riders. Many highlight the unique opportunity to connect with their horse and appreciate the stunning landscapes of the Flame Azalea and Fern Forest. Overall, participants express high levels of satisfaction and recommend this activity to anyone seeking an unforgettable outdoor experience.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

Vouchers accepted in the following formats

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Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

Your Itinerary

276 Arrowmont Trl

Blue Ridge Parkway

Arrowmont Stables



4.8 (52)


Beautiful view from highest elevation during the ride, but most of it was through woods with little variety of scenery. One of our horses repeatedly stopped, delaying the whole tour.


Guides and horses were phenomenal! Best trail ride experience ever! Just the right amount of challenge to make it fun but not overwhelming. Guides were patient, encouraging and entertaining. Ferns and azaleas were worth the drive! Would highly recommend the experience!


The scenic views were incredible! Felt at one with nature! Cutest thing ever was the goat following my daughters horse the entire trails with the dog trying to herd it back home! Very entertaining! Had a great time! Would definitely come back!!


The way I felt on the horse riding , brought back memories when I use to ride, I do have a suggestion though, are guide was tell us about the old barn turning it in a chicken coop great idea.. (we have chickens and love it) they could use their eggs for some kind of egg breakfast afterwards… like a ride in the mountain and the a country breakfast (meat substitutes ) for those who don’t eat meat…. My husband in I had a great time… thanks you!! Sincerely the Hennings!


Joshua was a great guide! Gorgeous trails and views, and the horses were very well trained and easy to ride.


We loved riding the horses through the woods. The views of the valley were spectacular and the weather was perfect.


Was a beautiful day and a beautiful ride. Guides were friendly and horses were great. Will be back again.


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%!


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.


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.
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