Welcome to the FETA Website

Do you have a great fall photo taken on FETA Trails?  Send it to 
webmaster and it might be chosen to replace the photo above.  The current photo was emailed in by Johnny Rogers who rides Chloe, his 23 year old Arabian mare.

The Foothills Equestrian Trails Association is dedicated to preserving the historic equestrian trail system in and around Hunting Country in Polk County.
This year marks 25 Years of preserving the legacy trails of Polk County!
Don't forget to call the new Trail Status number before each and every ride:  828 859 0133

Join us May 17 from 6-8 for our Annual Welcome Picnic.  You will receive an email invitation as we get closer to the date.

New:  April 8th is Go Fly a Kite day at FENCE.  Also, please remember that when FETA trails are closed, FENCE trails are closed to riders.

The trails at Cotton Patch are open.   A culvert was installed at the intersection of Waterfall Way, Still Branch, and Trillium. More gravel will be put on the hill but the trail is safe to ride.  There are 3 Virginia pines across Trillium Trail near Turkey Trot/Many Levels intersection. The Jorgenson's hope to be able to get to those at the beginning of the week.


New:  The trails at the end of the North Peniel trail system on Smith’s farm are being restored after logging.  These areas are clearly marked with trail closed signs.  The rest of the North Peniel system may be ridden when the trails are open.  As of March 27th, Randy Smith has agreed to re-open the Purdy Hill trail in the North Peniel section. This area had previously been closed due to the logging.  A FETA crew completed the trail clearing this week.  Riders may now make a loop on Iris, Purdy Hill and Maude’s Meadow.  NOTE: Trail Closed signs remain in place on the rest of the Smith property.

New:  Ricci's Meadow Trail has been rerouted.  If entering the meadow from River Road, you will enter in the usual place but then stay to the right along the edge of the meadow.  If you are coming from the direction of Stoneybrook via Waterfall trail you will stay to the left.  Do not ride in the middle of the field as we have done in the past.  There is a temporary fence which will guide you to the side.  The rerouting is permanent.

New:  We would like to encourage FETA members to put their cell phone numbers on saddle tags.  Recently a horse was caught after being separated from it's rider and we realized how much easier it is to check on the rider and to reunite horse and rider if the rider's cell number is secured to the horse.

Saturday, July 29th- two sets of riders were seen trotting on the trail around the property on the corner of
Morgan Chapel and Dark Horse Lane. It is clearly posted, "WALK ONLY". The horses in the pastures there are stallions and become very agitated when riders go above a walk. They will ignore horses at a walk. To make matters worse, the property owner waved his arms and shouted "walk" at the riders and they ignored him. Be aware, you can jeopardize your trail privileges by ignoring the signs! If we lose that trail due to irresponsible rider behavior, the only option will be to ride down Morgan Chapel Rd with cars flying by.

Report any trail problems promptly so that we can schedule the work to be done. Turn around time depends on something getting reported, scheduled, and prioritized. Even if you think someone else must have reported it go ahead and report,  multiple reports are always better than no reports.  Give the trail name if known, if you are not sure describe the location.  Indicate if the trail is blocked or if you can ride through. (Remember, you can't leave a trail to go around something, it violates your membership rules.)  Describe the problem.  Is it a tree (how big around), washout, overhanging limbs, etc.?  Give the date and approximate time you found the obstruction, so we can determine if we cleared it before your report came in. Report problems by emailing the Trailmaster  (click on the word Trailmaster which will open your email, otherwise, a right click will allow you to copy the email addresses)

The new owner of Hidden Hollow ( Maude Carr property) has informed us that people are riding the trails there with dogs, and some have even been rude when approached about it. While some may have had permission to do that previously, they no longer have permission, and it may result in a loss of membership privileges if continued. Please respect the wishes of the new owner as well at the FETA rules; leave your dogs at home, and you may not ride there without a membership tag. This is a large section of beautiful trails, do not risk having them closed!

For those members who have been asking about the artistic rendition of the trail map, we have just uncovered a few more in one of our board member's closets.  These are unframed and may be purchased for $125 .  Call or email Judith Kerns  jkerns101@gmail.com  if you are interested.

If you or anyone you know is offering a residence for rent in the area please keep in mind that FETA trails are not public and they are for members only.  A renter would need to be in residence for a full 30 days, pay the full year's membership, and sign all membership documents in order to use the trails.  We would hate for anyone to be misled and think that renting in the area entitles them to FETA trail use.

We no longer have a FAX line for sending in Guest Releases.  Please put Guest Releases in the mailboxes at FENCE and Peniel Road or email them  to membership chair  (you can take a picture with your smartphone and email).

For a list of parking areas please see the FAQ page; click on the document link at the bottom of the page.

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