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Foothills Equestrian and Nature Center (F.E.N.C.E.)

Southern Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina

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  • A bridge through the educational nature trail.- Foothills Equestrian and Nature Center (F.E.N.C.E.)
  • Signage throughout the nature trail helps to educate groups and individuals.- Foothills Equestrian and Nature Center (F.E.N.C.E.)
  • F.E.N.C.E. is a dog-friendly location with wide-open spaces and miles of trails to run. - Foothills Equestrian and Nature Center (F.E.N.C.E.)
  • Signage throughout the nature trail helps to educate groups and individuals.- Foothills Equestrian and Nature Center (F.E.N.C.E.)
  • Maps of the trail system are scattered throughout the trails and at each trailhead.- Foothills Equestrian and Nature Center (F.E.N.C.E.)
  • The trailhead for the Mountain Laurel Trail.- Foothills Equestrian and Nature Center (F.E.N.C.E.)
  • Signage throughout the nature trail helps to educate groups and individuals.- Foothills Equestrian and Nature Center (F.E.N.C.E.)
  • The "Big House" is an event center and office space that hosts free monthly nature courses.- Foothills Equestrian and Nature Center (F.E.N.C.E.)
  • F.E.N.C.E. is a dog-friendly location with wide-open spaces and miles of trails to run. - Foothills Equestrian and Nature Center (F.E.N.C.E.)
  • The sun breaks through the trees on the Mountain Laurel Trail.- Foothills Equestrian and Nature Center (F.E.N.C.E.)
  • Some jumps for the equine cross-country course.- Foothills Equestrian and Nature Center (F.E.N.C.E.)
  • An equestrian jumps one of the stationary obstacles during a riding clinic.- Foothills Equestrian and Nature Center (F.E.N.C.E.)
  • Riders watch and wait for the fog to dissipate during a three-day clinic.- Foothills Equestrian and Nature Center (F.E.N.C.E.)
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Pros: 
Hiking trails. Free educational opportunities. Horse trails. Dog friendly.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Southern Blue Ridge Mountains, NC
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
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The Foothills Equestrian and Nature Center is a 380-acre recreational area in Tryon, North Carolina. The park was founded in 1985 as a nature education and outdoor recreation center and has since grown to its current size. The center offers many courses such as bird watching, flora and fauna identification and uses, and husbandry classes. They also partner with Clemson University to offer the South Carolina Master Naturalist Program. There are over 6 miles of trails for hiking and horseback riding that connect to the Foothills Equestrian Trail Association trails. Each trail has signs describing different native plant species and animals in the area. The center has a pond with a boardwalk trail that leads over the water and marsh areas, and allows you to see the different micro ecosystems up-close without damaging the delicate balance. Equestrian events, such as hunter and jumper and three-day eventing clinics take place here. Also, dressage and jumper competitions are held in lit show rings, including one covered ring.

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