Blowing Rock Equestrian Center, NC

Blowing Rock Equestrian Center, NC

WE MADE A SHORT TRIP TO BLOWING ROCK, NC TO RIDE IN THE MOUNTAINS OF NORTH CAROLINA AT THE PEAK OF THE LEAF SEASON TO ENJOY THE FALL FOLIAGE, BUT TO SEE THIS SPECTACULAR DISPLAY OF NATURE FROM THE BACK OF A HORSE WAS AWESOME. IF YOU DON’T OWN A HORSE OR CAN’T TRAVEL WITH YOUR HORSE TO THIS MOUNTAIN RETREAT, YOU CAN HIKE THESE SAME TRAILS AND GET A TREAT THAT YOU WON’T SOON FORGET.

 WE CAMPED AT THE BLOWING ROCK STABLES. THEY HAD BUILT NEW BARNS NEXT TO THE CAMPING AREA. THE CAMPING AREA HAD WATER AND ELECTRIC HOOKUPS FOR THE TRAILERS. THERE WAS ALSO A PARKING AREA ON HIGHWAY 221 FOR DAY RIDERS.

TRAIL RIDERS HAD ACCESS TO OVER 30 MILES OF WIDE WELL KEPT TRAILS THAT WERE EASY ON HORSE AND RIDER. YOU DO HAVE TO SHARE THE TRAIL WITH HIKERS, AND WHILE WE WERE THERE THE TRAILS WERE ENJOYED BY MANY. ALTHOUGH AS THE TRAILS STARTED TO CLIMB TO HIGHER ELEVATIONS, THERE WAS LESS TRAFFIC AND THE HORSES AND RIDERS WERE OFTEN ALONE ON THE TRAIL. ONE OF THESE TRAILS TOOK US TO A FIRE TOWER AT THE CREST OF A MOUNTAIN WITH AN ELEVATION OF 4600 FT. AS YOU LOOKED OUT FROM THE TOP OF THE FIRE TOWER, THE VIBRANT COLORS OF THE TREES WERE LIKE A RAINBOW SPREADING ACROSS THE MOUNTAIN SLOPES. WE CROSSED THIS HIGH MOUNTAIN MEADOW WHERE HAY HAD BEEN FRESHLY CUT. ALONG THE EDGE OF THE MEADOW, RED CLOVER WAS BLOOMING AND THE BEES AND A VARIETY OF BUTTERFLIES WERE GETTING THE LAST DROP OF NECTAR OF THE SEASON BEFORE OLD MAN WINTER MOVES IN.

WE RODE UP TO THE MANOR HOUSE WHICH SETS ON A RIDGE, AND AS YOU LOOKED OUT OVER THE MOUNTAINS IT WAS REMINISCENT OF ANOTHER TIME. THE MANOR HOUSE WAS BUILT AROUND THE EARLY 1900’S AS A SUMMER HOME FOR MOSES CONE, A TEXTILE MANUFACTURING MAGNATE. UPON HIS DEATH HE LEFT HIS HOUSE AND 3600 ACRES ESTATE TO NORTH CAROLINA TO BE USED AS A PARK FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE TO ENJOY AS HE AND HIS WIFE HAD. HE BUILT THESE 30 TO 35 MILES OF CARRIAGE TRAILS FOR HIM AND HIS WIFE TO ENJOY IN A HORSE DRAWN CARRIAGE.

 

AS WE RODE ALONG, THE SUNLIGHT BEAMING THROUGH THE TREES GAVE A MOSAIC LOOK TO THE COLORED LEAVES LYING ON THE TRAIL. CHIPMUNKS AND SQUIRRELS WERE SCURRYING ACROSS THE TRAIL LOOKING FOR THE LAST MINUTE NUTS TO STORE AWAY FOR WINTER. BUT NO MATTER WHAT SEASON YOU COME TO THESE MOUNTAINS THERE IS A DIFFERENT BEAUTY TO BEHOLD. IT’S GETTING LATE AND TIME TO RETURN TO CAMP.

 

WE HAVE ANOTHER TRIP COMING SOON. UNTIL THEN WE WISH YOU MANY “SAFE AND HAPPY TRAILS.”

 BOBBIE AND LARRY

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