Welcome to the FETA Website

Do you have a great summer 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

New: Winter Storm Damage
Assessment of the trails has begun. Damage from the snowstorm is extensive. Almost every trail we have looked at so far is impassable. Hundreds of trees are down in the FETA system. In addition, there is standing water and erosion on the trails.

Please be patient as we work to clear and reopen trails. It may be at least a month before we can get them open. Your trail committee is formulating a work plan and seeking volunteers to help with the clean-up effort. Weather and trail conditions permitting, work will begin after Christmas.
If you are able to help, please contact Mike Rigney by text at 262-385-6662. Include in your note what basic tools you have (loppers, pruners, chainsaw, etc.) and whether you have an ATV or UTV available. For liability and insurance reasons, chainsaw volunteers must have extensive experience.

This is going to be an expensive undertaking. If you cannot help, please consider making a contribution to the cleanup effort. Donations may be sent to FETA at PO Box 1453, Columbus, NC 28722.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.
The photo shows just one blocked trail.

New: Due to potential interactions with dogs, Taylor's Trail (Golden Rd. to Pretty Bottom alongside the Picone property) is closed.




Thanks for joining us for a beautiful evening as we honored our founders, our past president, our landowners, and celebrated our 25th anniversary.  We also welcomed our new president, Kathy Nebel:

  At Cotton Patch, TJ's Trace is closed until further notice due to flood water damage from Hurricane Michael.

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.

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.

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.

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)

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 .  Email Kathy Nebel
nebelrider@aol.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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If you have trouble with email links on this site you can right click and copy the email address and then paste it into your email.
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