Welcome to the FETA Website

Do you have a great 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!

REMINDERS FOR MEMBERS:
Don't forget to call the new Trail Status number before each and every ride:  828 859 0133


      
New:  FETA Annual Meeting and BBQ will take place on Thursday, October 17 from 5-7pm Main House at FENCE.
Come celebrate with us as we say "Thanks" to our honored Guests, the FETA Landowners and their families. Without our cherished Landowners, there would be no trails.
Barbecue, sides, water, and tea will be served.


New:  Grading is taking place around the ponds in Stoneybrook today through Friday (10/2-10/4).

New:  The Hunting Country Road end of Lennox trail is permanently closed due to erosion and sight distance issues. Hunting Country trail off Pony Track across from Lennox is also closed.  As an alternate, take Turkey Trot to Little Orchard to cross Hunting Country Road and access Pony Track.

New: It’s September and that means hunting season is upon us. FETA members please take note.

Hunting will be taking place on some of our landowners’ big land tracts to cull the large population of deer. Please watch for and obey trail signs. Some trails will be closed for the season and others will be periodically closed while hunting is in progress.

Deer season in Polk County is as follows:

Archery: Sept. 7 – Nov. 8, 2019
Blackpowder: Nov. 9 – Nov. 22, 2019
Gun: Nov. 23, 2019 – Jan. 1, 2020

Protect yourself and your horse while on the trails by wearing blaze orange accessories. Anyone spending time outdoors in areas shared with hunters will be safer if wearing blaze orange. Blaze orange clothing stands out against an outdoor background and it increases visibility of the wearer in low light situations.

Enjoy the fall weather and ride safe!


New:  This time of year is the height of ground bee (yellow jacket) populations.  Watch for bees and stay on trails.


Winter Damage and now Summer Storm Damage
Thanks to the amazing effort of scores of volunteers, working with guidance from Mike Rigney and Anne Swift, the main trails are mostly clear and are open as weather permits.  Please be aware that some of the side trails may still be blocked.  As always, we ask that riders turn back when trails are obstructed; trail blockages should be reported to Trailmaster.  
 
Volunteers may continue to help--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 has been an expensive undertaking even with volunteers. We have had some very generous donations that have helped enormously.   We are so lucky to be living in an area with such a generous and cooperative community of riders and landowners.  Donations continue to be welcome and may be sent to FETA at PO Box 1453, Columbus, NC 28722.  

The photo shows just one blocked trail.

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)


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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