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  1. #1
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    Default I have a question for the NC people!

    Hello!

    I am crossing over from the H/J forum to ask you a very important trail riding accommodation question!

    My friends and I would like to take a trip in the fall. I would like to go take them to the Moss Foundation. The have never been.

    The only problem is, I don't know where to stay. We need to stable our horses and get a hotel, bed and breakfast, whatever... I need some suggestions on accommodations. I am willing to look outside of Southern Pines as well.

    I used to live near Lillington, NC and we could go there as well for a ride there one day at Raven Rock.

    Anyway, I am just looking for some suggestions. We would only be staying for a few days.



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    Since it seems like you're not 100% committed to Moss Foundation, may I put in a plug for The Biltmore in Asheville? Great trails and miles of them plus you can keep your horses in a barn or in a paddock or you can camp with them. You'll have to get the details on that last one, I've done it on organized rides but don't know the rules about it when you're on your own. Hotels right on the Biltmore grounds (but a splurge!). Lots of hotels and restaurants in the area too. And Asheville is a really cool city if you have time to do any sightseeing off the trails. You can go to http://www.biltmore.com and find the Equestrian Center there to get more info. Wherever you end up, you'll love NC.
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    Default Thanks!!

    Quote Originally Posted by GotMyPony View Post
    Since it seems like you're not 100% committed to Moss Foundation, may I put in a plug for The Biltmore in Asheville? Great trails and miles of them plus you can keep your horses in a barn or in a paddock or you can camp with them. You'll have to get the details on that last one, I've done it on organized rides but don't know the rules about it when you're on your own. Hotels right on the Biltmore grounds (but a splurge!). Lots of hotels and restaurants in the area too. And Asheville is a really cool city if you have time to do any sightseeing off the trails. You can go to http://www.biltmore.com and find the Equestrian Center there to get more info. Wherever you end up, you'll love NC.
    We were hoping not to have to drive that far, but I must say, I have always wanted to go to the Biltmore Estate. I will run it by the other two ladies and see if they are "in" for that idea.

    Thanks



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    You might find a private farm in Southern Pines willing to board your horses. I don't live down there anymore (did for 10 years but left in 1996) but you could post on Off Course that you are looking for overnight stabling in Southern Pines, NC, and you might find someone who lives there who could direct you to a place. Moss Foundation was not set up for camping with horses and was always just a day ride sort of place. It's not that big...maybe 11,000 acres so you can ride around it in a day.

    A place we camp a lot in central NC is Uwharrie National Forest. Canebrake camp is more for folks with campers, tents that either high tie or build pens for their horses. 4B Farms does have stalls and they have a teeny little cabin that they will rent that has a queen bed in it. Friends stayed in there and said it was OK but felt a bit like sleeping in a chicken coop. ;-) You are a long ways from a decent restaurant there so you'd need to be able to cook or fix your own food. There is a place about 20 minutes away we eat dinner sometimes. I can give you better directions if you decide to go there.

    http://www.4bfarm.net/index.html

    I've heard Leatherwood is nice but the trails are very steep. I think they have lodging for people as well as horses. That is more towards Lenoir area an closer to the mountains. I've not been there yet.

    http://www.leatherwoodmountains.com/horses.htm



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    Are you in Isle of Wight, VA? If so, we are neighbors practically.

    If you want to head north, you can check out Graves Mountain near the Shenandoah. They have stables as well as cabins for rent. We want to go up this summer...haven't been yet...but it's said to be very nice.

    http://www.gravesmountain.com/activities/recreation/



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    Check out

    http://www.chadbournefarm.com/

    They are located in Hoffman, NC, slightly south of Southern Pines. The trails are very much like the Moss Foundations. There are miles and miles of trails.



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    I think it depends on how thrilling you want your trail getaway to be I like the Moss Foundation, esp since there are jumps..but it is not exactly scenic trail riding. And aside from the jumps, it is just easy sand paths in pine trees (Unless I missed something out there) It's awesome for a fun day trip and for folks who live around there to hack their horses and do hill work and such, but IMO if I wanted an exciting multi-day horsey getaway I would look further west.



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    For the Moss Foundation, try Beggar's Ride

    http://sportcob.com/beggars-ride-bed...and-breakfast/

    However, I would also recommend Blowing Rock, NC for a wonderful riding/driving experience.

    There are barns/stalls at the Blowing Rock Equestrian Center http://www.blowingrockequestrian.com/ . The trails at Moses Cone are exceptional and all you have to do is cross one paved road to be on the trails. (there are 26 miles of absolutely goregous trails!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daydream Believer View Post
    Are you in Isle of Wight, VA? If so, we are neighbors practically.
    Yes... I am in Isle of Wight County. I guess we are practically neighbors if you are in Suffolk Very Cool!



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    Quote Originally Posted by GallopHer View Post
    Check out

    http://www.chadbournefarm.com/

    They are located in Hoffman, NC, slightly south of Southern Pines. The trails are very much like the Moss Foundations. There are miles and miles of trails.
    I've never heard of this place before, but it seems very quaint and nice. I will check into it!

    I appreciate all the help and the information. We are not die hard trail riders. We are not going to spend more than 3-4 hours in the saddle each day. We do not camp in tents and we do not camp in an RV. Pretty much, we want a hotel room or a cabin and we want our horses to have a stall, or at the very least, a paddock where they can go out together.

    I wanted to go somewhere that wasn't too far of a drive from us AND had some culture where we could have nice meals, shop, take in a horse show, etc. Unfortunately, the trails in the western part of the state are about 7 hours driving distance from us. Did I mention that we were not die hard trail riders?

    It is really more of a ladies' trip with some trail riding thrown in. The Uwharrie Park was a good suggestion - I have been there before for the day. But, we are not really equipped to do that since we don't camp

    I figured that if we stayed in Southern Pines, then we were close enough to do the Moss Foundation and Raven Rock State Park and maybe even Tobacco Trail near Raleigh.

    Thanks again for the help!



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    Quote Originally Posted by horsegeeks View Post
    For the Moss Foundation, try Beggar's Ride

    http://sportcob.com/beggars-ride-bed...and-breakfast/
    I'm definitely going to check this out This is exactly what I was looking for!!



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    Farrfield Farm is about 10 minutes from the CHP and may meet your requirements.

    http://www.farrfieldsbandb.com/



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    Quote Originally Posted by Daydream Believer View Post
    Are you in Isle of Wight, VA? If so, we are neighbors practically.

    If you want to head north, you can check out Graves Mountain near the Shenandoah. They have stables as well as cabins for rent. We want to go up this summer...haven't been yet...but it's said to be very nice.

    http://www.gravesmountain.com/activities/recreation/
    Just make sure you don't pick a weekend during the Apple Festival! It's a lot of fun, but a LOT of people (and traffic): http://www.gravesmountain.com/events...apple-harvest/

    A bit farther for you, but also a nice ride, Fort Valley: http://www.fortvalleystable.com/



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    We are actually headed to Fort Valley over Memorial Day weekend! I've not been there so it's nice to hear it recommended.



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    Quote Originally Posted by LoveJubal View Post
    Yes... I am in Isle of Wight County. I guess we are practically neighbors if you are in Suffolk Very Cool!
    We should ride sometime! I'd love to meet you! I'm not that serious a trail rider yet either but have a young horse (recently gelded) that I'm hoping to do endurance on. I'm and ex eventer and still do some dressage...not competitively anymore. Just can't find the time to really train that much.

    I work a lot near Smithfield/Chuckatuck...trim quite a few horses up that way so I know the area a bit more than some others.



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    I have stayed at Chadbourne Farms many times, and could not recommend it more highly!!! You'll get a charming room, comfy bed, terrific hostess (Miss Sandra!!), and your horse will get a large paddock and run in so comfy he won't want to leave either. Short drive up to Moss (20 minutes max).



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