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    11-26-2012, 12:25 PM
  #1001
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by AnitaAnne    
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.
Most of the trails aren't in Chattanooga proper, but rather in the surrounding area.

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....
     
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    11-27-2012, 11:31 AM
  #1002
Green Broke
891...
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    11-27-2012, 01:14 PM
  #1003
Green Broke
You are racking up those miles, Joe!
     
    11-27-2012, 07:09 PM
  #1004
Yearling
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Originally Posted by gunslinger    
Most of the trails aren't in Chattanooga proper, but rather in the surrounding area.

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....
I'm not sure my rig would make it up those roads...I have an F150 4.8L 2 wheel drive and a Brenderup. The truck hauls fine on flat roads, and most hills, but not so good on the bigger mountains.

I am off this Saturday & Sunday, but work Friday night, so Sunday would be best. I would have to leave one daughter & horse home because it is a 2 horse. The older one, Becca would much rather see her boyfriend anyway!

The horses don't have shoes, is it really rocky? Chivas would be fine, but Jenny's horse is older and has soft hooves.
     
    11-27-2012, 08:41 PM
  #1005
QOS
Green Broke
I am jealous!!!
     
    11-28-2012, 12:37 PM
  #1006
Green Broke
AnitaAnne, check your private messages. Hunting season is closed in the South Cherokee WMA so we thought we'd ride just north of the Tennessee/GA state line.
     
    11-28-2012, 01:14 PM
  #1007
Yearling
I just saw the message, sorry haven't been on the computer in a bit.
     
    11-30-2012, 03:48 PM
  #1008
Green Broke
I think AnitaAnne and I have worked out the details for my wife and I to ride with her....

Either Saturday or Sunday Dec 15th or 16th......at the Chickamauga Battle Field in Ft. Oglethorpe GA ......tentative depending on her work schedule and the weather.

9 mile loop most likely.....could do a shorter loop or add some mileage to this one.

Trails are not difficult, rock for about 3 miles or so...and there's lots of distractions.....people, monuments, dogs on leashes, bicycles, kids with frisbee's etc....every so often artillery fire....

US National Park, has cell phone coverage and tons of history.

Any others care to join us?
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    11-30-2012, 04:06 PM
  #1009
Trained
I can't now, but hopefully eventually we will have a trailer and the time to do it!
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    11-30-2012, 04:55 PM
  #1010
Yearling
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Originally Posted by gunslinger    
I think AnitaAnne and I have worked out the details for my wife and I to ride with her....

Either Saturday or Sunday Dec 15th or 16th......at the Chickamauga Battle Field in Ft. Oglethorpe GA ......tentative depending on her work schedule and the weather.

9 mile loop most likely.....could do a shorter loop or add some mileage to this one.

Trails are not difficult, rock for about 3 miles or so...and there's lots of distractions.....people, monuments, dogs on leashes, bicycles, kids with frisbee's etc....every so often artillery fire....

US National Park, has cell phone coverage and tons of history.

Any others care to join us?
I am so looking forward to this ride! It will be fun to see how Chivas reacts to everything, we've never seen anything on our few rides at Warden Station, except a puddle or two...Thanks for arranging this Gunslinger!

It would be great if some others come too!!
     

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