Originally Posted by tinyliny
That looks like fun! Did you get in some nice canters? Looks very inviting for that.
No, we didn't, and for a combination of reasons:
Our horses are barefoot, just got trimmed two days prior, and there are some pretty rocky sections (also our first time on this trail, don't know it well)
It is a pretty busy park, and there were quite a few "unfavorables" there, if you know what I mean
We are both still pretty new to horses, and it was just a little out of our comfort zone! We did do a bit of trotting over the soft pine straw trails, but only once we got more comfortable with it and learned that we were two of four horses left on the trails :)
Here is the official link to the park N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation: - Welcome to Raven Rock State Park
It is free to ride, with a great trailer parking area, primitive ( but CLEAN!!) bathroom, and two 4-mile trail loops. It took us about 41/2 hours to ride, but we weren't in any hurry and were enjoying the sights. There were a couple of creek crossings (the one pictured had a cute little water fall), some hills, and a variety of foliage. It is a great beginner trail ride.