I'd love to ride with you!! Chatanooga is about 2 hrs away. I did not realize there were riding trails there, what are they like?
This is my weekend to work though, so no riding.
We rode Sumac Creek Trail in N. Georgia yesterday in the Chattahoochee National Forest and often ride in the Cherokee National Forest of Tennessee and the Cohutta Wilderness area in N. Georgia. Loads of trails, and all the gated forest roads are open to horses as well.
Most of the trails are challenging in places, but the real challenge is trailering in. The forest roads are steep, gravel roads, having only one lane in many places. Right now, the hunting season is really the determining factor as both forests are wildlife management areas and the hunting season is regulated as such and not open the same schedule as the state wide season. Last weekend it was open in the Cherokee in Tennessee but closed in the Cohutta's so we picked a trail in Georgia. Next weekend it's open in both states so we'll probably go somewhere else.
There are several other places outside of the National Forests, the Chickamauga battle field being one. We rode there Saturday. Trails are easy and it's a good place to expose a horse to everything from monuments and placards to hikers, bikers, dogs, road crossings, car traffic and screaming "me me's".....you'll come up on about anything there. Kite's, Frisbees, umbrellas, footballs.... etc. The often have artillery demonstrations so lots of spooky things for a horse to deal with. We ride there often. I still get a spook or two every time I ride there and my wife says Miss Lacey see's horse ghosts. Lots of men and animals killed there....maybe that's what it is. 150th anniversary of the battle is coming up in September, should be fun.
Then there's Pigeon mountain and Cloudland Canyon too....
We prefer the National Forest.....myself, wife, and a friend rode all day yesterday and never saw another soul. Beautiful scenery and solitude. It don't get much better than that. Haven't seen a bear this fall, saw several in the spring.
We'd love to have you join us....