Report Trail Issues

Trail status information is only available by calling the FETA recorded message line:  828 859 0133.

Report trail issues by clicking here:  Trailmaster

Please report trail obstructions or other trail problems by emailing the Trailmaster . (Click on the word 
Trailmaster , which will open your email, otherwise right click and you will copy the three email addresses.)  If you have a cell phone with you, take a photo of the problem and email it to the "Trailmaster" addresses-right click on the link for specific email addresses.  

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.

New:  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.

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.

The paving on the portion of River Road between Morgan Chapel Rd. and Golden Rd is complete. DOT put a grass/dirt track in beside the new paving so that horses and carriages can stay off the paved road.  Many people are assuming the track is for parking.  Please park just a bit west of the intersection on the grass by the board fence along the large field known as Field's Edge.

Reminder, please remember that there is no smoking on FETA trails.  FETA trails are on private property and our generous landowners do not appreciate the fire hazard or the litter.  In addition to smoking there have been some water bottles and even beer cans dropped on trails.  We love our landowners so please do not litter and when it is safe to do so we can all help by picking any litter we see.

Parking Reminder:  When parking at FENCE use the designated lot across from the entrance to TROT and the Nature Center.  Do not use the lot intended for trail walkers that has the picnic shelter at one end.  

FENCE vs FETA  When FETA is closed, the FENCE trails are closed too. 

Hunter/Jumper at FENCE   When there is a Hunter/Jumper event at FENCE, the gate between FENCE and FETA on Mahler's Meadow trail will be closed and locked and will not be unlocked for any reason. Plan on going alternate routes.

Riding on closed trails is a violation of your FETA membership agreement.  Please remember that trails are on private land and that riding off trail is trespassing.  We all need to respect and appreciate the landowners as we all enjoy their generosity.  

Open Field Riding  Do not ride in open fields (except for Sheila's Playground).  Stay on the marked trails.

photos on this page by Judith Kerns
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