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: This is the time of year when populations in bee nests are peaking. Ground bees are especially hazardous but we have also had reports of hornet nests in trees. Please stay alert and stay on trails as nests are usually off to the side of trails rather than in the middle.

New: When riding at FENCE remember that jumps, arenas and the steeplechase track are for  use by reservation with FENCE management only.

New: For those that use Artist’s Way trail that begins at Peniel Rd near Little Mountain Rd: The property you ride through is crossed with trails, but only one route is the FETA trail. The rest of the trails are the Landowners’ private walking trails. We walked the property with the Landowner today and added signs to the point of tackiness to help riders stay on the designated trail. Please follow the signs. The most common mistake seems to be riders turning along the fence at the Rancho Neurotico sign. That is a farm sign, NOT a FETA trail sign. There is no trail along the fence. Ride further straight from Peniel to hit the FETA trail. We don’t think you can miss the yellow signs. Thank you! Happy Landowners make for happy riding.

The FETA trail on the Town of Tryon Water Treatment Plant follows the Pacolet River.  It connects Cotton Patch to the Mills-Scriven Plantation buffer. Because it goes along the banks of the river, it is soft ground and susceptible to erosion.  This portion of trail that has fallen off into the river has been re-routed to go around the edge of treatment plant field. This is a warning to riders that the gun range for the police department is also in the field.  The gun range is further upstream of Vaughn Creek. Riders must keep to the edge of the field that parallels the river. Do not ride along Vaugh Creek at the water treatment plant.

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.

Winter Storm Damage
Thanks to the amazing effort of volunteers, including landowners, 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 year's rain has meant higher than usual trail maintenance expenses. 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.

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

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.

Hunting Counry Trails vs Peniel Trails:
There are times when only part of the system will be open most likely due to the effects of rain. During a partial opening, it is important to know the demarcation between the two sides of the trail system. The line dividing the Hunting Country Trails and the Peniel Trails follows the path of Red Fox Road and Smith Dairy Road.

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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