Trail Notices and Trail Status

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

NEW: The Trail Status Line is working again after a short period of malfunction.

Trail Obstructions  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: Due to a construction project a short section of Pony Track will be closed for the next one or two weeks.  The affected segment is the "Backstretch" which follows the Douglas' driveway.  Riders may still access Pony Track via Tigger's Trot and Long Lane.  We will let you know when the construction is finished.  

New:  2017 Deer Hunting Schedule:     Oct 15 to Nov 19 is Archery     Oct  2 to Oct 14 is Blackpowder        Nov 20 to Jan  1 is Gun 
Be safe and use lots of orange on yourself and your horse.

New:   Fish Camp Trail, Burrus Trail and Two Ponds Overlook Trail are all open again. 

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.

The trails at Cotton Patch are open again.T
he heavy equipment was finally hauled out.  The crossing at Vaughn Creek to the Town of Tryon Water Treatment plant has been re-worked.  It is easier to cross Vaughn Creek now.  Riverside Lounge trail was widened, the river bank secured, and the sink hole filled in.  The trail alongside the goat pasture was resurfaced.  Many other improvements but these are the ones most noticeable to trail riders.
Many thanks to the Jorgenson's for allowing us to use their now even more wonderful trails.

Photo at left shows the new Vaughn Creek crossing.

FETA has been notified by the Smith family that extensive logging activity will take place on their property in the North Peniel Trail area through the summer. As a result, several trails on the property are closed until further notice: 
  • a section of the Smith Creek Trail 
  • Iris Trail is closed just after Suzanne's Trail (you can still get to Suzanne's Trail)
  • Frank’s Alley off Thickety Ridge
  • Purdy Hill is closed off both Thickety Ridge and Iris

The photos below show the signage at the closures of Frank’s Alley, Purdy Hill and Iris at Suzanne’s Trail.

Honeyhill riders can use the trails behind the Clements or Penfolds to ride through “Fern Valley” and connect to Indian Hill or Smith Creek. From Smith Creek, riders can turn left onto Suzanne’s Trail and get to Iris.


New:  The logging operation on Frank Smith's property has claimed the Rocky Root trail in the North Peniel section.  Rocky Root comes off the Goldmine trail and is blocked just beyond Hutcherson Hollow. Riders should use Indian Trail as an alternate. 

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.

Mustang Alley is closed due to serious erosion.  Riders can use Taylor's Trail going from Pretty Bottom to Stoneybrook.

The trail that runs along the pastures and arena at Amy Barrington's Winding River Farm off Carriage Row is closed. The recent rains caused a large section to erode.  

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 them being closed!
Also, Hidden Hollow ( Maude Carr property) trails will be closed this weekend for fox hunting.

The trail status number has changed,  it is now: 828-859-0133.   We have made the change due to problems with the old phone lines.  Thank you for understanding!

The Jorgenson's--Cotton Patch--have built an obstacle course in the field along the river near the pasture at Jackie's Bottom.  This is a private training course.  Trail riders are not permitted on the course.  All obstacles and jumps are off limits to riders.  They have cameras in use to keep riders honest.  If they find that riders are using the course they will close access to the trail along the river and anyone using the course will risk losing their membership.  Please respect these wonderfully generous landowners and stay off the new obstacles.

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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