Horseback Riding Adventure on the Flame Azalea Trail
"Meet your guide at Arrowmont Stables and Cabins in Cullowhee about a 2-hour drive from Asheville. Get acquainted with equine behavior and receive riding tips during a 50-minute safety program via training video and live demonstration. Once you’re matched with a suitable horse snap on your helmet and practice horseback riding in the ring before setting off on the Flame Azalea Trail. Follow your guide through a hardwood and white pine forest flanked by azaleas before you emerge into an open meadow. Reaching 4200 feet in elevation you’re treated to sweeping views out of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Be on the lookout for wildlife including raptors soaring above. On the descent travel through the Old Fort Lodge — a former youth camp established in 1960 — before ending your tour back at the stables of the 200-acre (80-hectare) working horse farm."