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post #11 of 16 Old 04-29-2012, 11:47 AM
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Where is Burlington? I've got a trailer :)
It's about 2 1/2 hrs northeast of you I think....between Greensboro/Winston Salem and Raleigh:)
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post #12 of 16 Old 05-01-2012, 04:35 PM
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Dupont in NC is a fantastic place to ride. Unfortunately, they closed the best access trail to the waterfalls, but you can still get to them. If you watched the movie the Last of the Mohicans you saw the terrain. You can ride to all the waterfalls in the movie. There are campgrounds near Dupont. Table Rock in SC has nice trails, but I'm not sure about camping. Hard Labor Creek in Georgia is a nice place to ride and it has camping, but might be too close to central Georgia. There's a state park near Spartanburg, SC with great trails and it has camping...Croft State Park. There are tons of places to ride in upstate SC, but it's all so close, we seldom camp. We'll probably camp more once we retire.
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post #13 of 16 Old 05-05-2012, 03:08 PM
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We are having a GREAT ride in August in Ivanhoe, VA on the New River Trail. Our camp location is on the New River (which is beautiful) you can fish, swim or canoe/tube right from camp. This is a 3 day ride with a competition trail obstacle ride on Saturday with lots of drawings, giveaways during the weekend. There will also be vendors & product reps on hand to answer questions & demonstate their products. Contests, meals, entertainment & more. Check out this youtube video for more info or visit our website at Plus you have a chance to win a NEW Featherlite Trailer just for riding in the competition!!
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post #14 of 16 Old 05-06-2012, 08:13 AM
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Here is a link to the resource that I use when looking for places to ride - we ride in NC, SC, TN, KY, and VA - these trail and campground reviews help alot when looking at new places!
in NC, Kings Mountain is nice and has a campground
For mountains - check out Moses Cone at Blowing Rock - gorgeous! the campground at Blowing Rock Equestrian Preserve is really nothing more than a big gravel parking lot, but there are stalls and water/elec hookups. Most find it worth it for the views there.
Someone recently told me that Medoc Mtn is nice, we are going to check it out soon.
When we travel far enough that we need to break up the trip, I use Online Overnight Stabling Directory for Horse Stabling and Horse Motels to find a spot for us overnight.
If you want to see some great views and good camping, I recommend Hungry Horse East in VA, Land Between the Lakes in KY and TimberRidge Campground in TN. TimberRidge is great 5 star rating!
We go to H. Cooper Black in SC a couple of times a year - SUPER nice campground - wide, flat sandy trails - no mountains, tho!
good luck!
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post #15 of 16 Old 05-06-2012, 01:32 PM
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South Mountain is really nice. There are waterfalls, mountains, and in the fall it is beautiful. I never rode there, but my uncle and I walked one of the many horse trails, and it was tough! It was about 6 miles, 3 uphill 3 downhill, and we didn't even go to the top! There is camping, and the campgrounds all have bbqs and some have outhouses I think.

Definitely check out South Mountain, we go there all the time. I don't know how far it is from SC but I don't think it's too far.
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post #16 of 16 Old 05-06-2012, 02:42 PM
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I second that South Mountain comment - it is challenging - which you said you like. Camping is primitive and you should have shoes at least on the front of your horses, trails are rocky.
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