Harmons Den Area Horseback Riding
The 5th most popular equestrian trail in North Carolina.
Monday 8 August 2016 05:20 GMT
Near Hot Springs in the Pisgah National Forest, the Harmons Den Area has over 54 miles of trails. About 14 miles are designated for horseback riding and 40 miles are for hiking. In addition, miles of gated, dirt forest roads, shown in orange on the map, are open to horses. Other gated roads, shown in gray on the map, are not designated for horses. Horses may also be ridden on open roads, but watch for traffic. This map and signs at the roads or trailheads designate for what uses a particular trail is maintained. The signs also show trail difficulty levels. Horse trails are blazed with yellow diamonds.
Harmon Den Horse Camp caters to riders and their horses. Accessed by the interstate, this 10-site horse camp offers a variety of recreation opportunities: horseback riding, hiking, picnicking, hunting, and fishing. While the site is designed for horseback riders, campsites are open to everyone. The camp is nestled in a cove below Hurricane Mountain and bordered by Fall Branch.
The Harmon Den Horse Camp offers 10 sites with horse stalls at each site. Sites in the campground are available by reservation only. Reservations can be made at the Appalachian Ranger District office in Hot Springs or call (828) 622-3202 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Each site offers a picnic table, tent pads, grills, lantern posts, and horse stalls with mangers for four horses. Vault toilets, garbage receptacles, and water are available.
To reach the trailhead from Hot Springs, Take NC 209 for about 7 miles to SR 1175 (Meadow Fork Road). Go 6 miles and turn right onto SR 1181. Follow SR 1181 for about 3 miles to the stop sign. Turn left and go .8 mile and take first right onto Forest Service Road (FR) 148. Take first left off FR 148 onto FR 3526. FR 3526 leads to horse camp.
Overall, Harmons Den Area is the 5th most popular horse trail of all 18 horseback rides in North Carolina. Several of the better horse trails are nearby Harmons Den Area including South Mills River Trail, Squirrel Gap Trail and Laurel Gap Trail.