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HORSE CAMPING AND TRAIL RIDING

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Base Camp at

Walnut Hollow Ranch

Base Camp is peaceful and quaint on a 155 acre working mountain cattle ranch.  Living quarter sites are centrally located on the RV Ranch with pastoral mountain views.
 

Come experience Western North

Carolina's Premier Cattle Ranch

and explore the beautiful Nantahala

Mountain region of the Smoky

Mountains.  Stay with us...

Excite Your Senses!


The farm store features our Premium Black Angus Beef. Take a Farm Tour, or stay with your horses at the Farm Lodge.

A 24-foot 6 horse stock trailer is available for daily or weekly rental.

Base Camp is conveniently located to trail heads, 5 minutes from supermarkets, restaurants and town services.

Amenities
Rates and Extra Charges
Rules and Guidelines
Things to do in the smoky mountains
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AMENITIES

 
  • Big rigs welcome

  • Turnout in grass pastures

  • Pets welcome

  • Large groups welcome

  • Owner operated

TRAIL HEADS

Awesome trail riding in the Nantahala Forest.  Enjoy the scenic and goergeous views trailering your horses to the trail heads.  On the trails you will experience both breathtaking views and majestic mountain vistas.

 

  • Your horse needs to be in good physical condition for the higher elevations

  • Start your horse on electrolites a few days before your trip

  • GPS suggested

  • Shoes on all 4s required

 

TRAIL RIDING IN THE NANTAHALA FOREST

Springtime rides for blooming wildflower & mountain laurel

Summertime rides for pleasant temperatures

Autumn rides for a burst of vibrant fall colors

 

​Fires Creek Area

  • Ride the bear sanctuary remote basin, outlined by a horseshoe-shaped rim of densely forested mountains rising to over 5,000 feet.

  • Trail are moderate to challenging: some narrow extreme trails with rocks, the rim trail is a dirt trail and well worn

  • Year round trail riding at its best

  • Leatherwood Falls

  • Vast expanses of mountain laurel and rhododendron

  • Bristol Fields primitive horse camp

  • Trout fishing - NC regulations www.ncwildlife.org


Fires Creek drains the basin and the 5240 foot Tusquitee Bald crowns its rugged steep terrain. Trails combine with roads to offer a variety of riding opportunities. Most trails connect to the Rim Trail, which follows the ridgeline around the basin. Horse trails are marked with blue blazes. Trail is accessed from US 64 West.

 

Tuni Gap

  • Trailering your horse to Tuni Gap is not for the light-hearted however the half-day trail is well worth the effort

  • Trail is moderate to challenging with good dirt trails

  • 4 - 6 hours on horseback

  • Fantastic spot for lunch and photo's at Nantahala Lake from Tuni Gap
     

Buck Creek

  • Ride along side Buck Creek into the forest and adventure beyond

  • Trail is moderate to challenging: good dirt trails, including a few steeper climbs at higher elevations

  • 4 - 6 hours on horseback

  • Fantastic spot for gem mining

  • Trout fishing - NC regulations www.ncwildlife.org

​PREMIUM TRAIL RIDING

Ultimate "Mile High Ride" to Siler Bald

  • Ride up to the top of Siler Bald at 5216 feet with breathtaking views

  • Trail is moderate: wide trails with grass & some gravel, including a few steeper climbs

  • 4 hours on horseback

  • Fantastic spot for lunch and photos with a 360 degree view

 


"The Rim Ride" at Fires Creek

  • Ride up to the rim of the Fires Creek Area of the Nantahala National Forest, encompassing the bear sanctuary, with outstanding views

  • 25+ mile trail

  • Trail heads at Bristol Horse Camp primitive field

  • Trail are moderate to challenging: some narrow extreme trails with rocks, the rim trail is a dirt trail and well worn

  • Great spots for lunch and photos
     

Standing Indian Area

  • One of the most enjoyable and diverse areas with well-marked and maintained trails

  • Ride well marked 30+ miles of trails

  • Year round trail riding at its best

  • Trail is moderate to challenging: good dirt trails, including a few steeper climbs at higher elevations

  • Waterfall

  • Vast expanses of mountain laurel and rhododendron

  • Primitive horse camp

  • Trout fishing - NC regulations www.ncwildlife.org


Standing Indian Basin is a horseshoe shaped drainage formed by the Nantahala and Blue Ridge Mountains. Bisecting the drainage is the Nantahala River, born amid the basin's high peaks. Trails combine with roads to offer a variety of riding opportunities. Horse trails are marked with orange blazes. Standing Indian is a much cooler destination in the hot summer. Trail is accessed from US 64 East.

 

RATES

RATES

Paddock with Run-In/x2/x4

Fescue grass, automatic drinker or water trough, 4 board & electric fencing

One Night

$24/$44/$84

Holiday 2 Night (min)

$28/$51/$91

Week 7 Nights

$120/$220/$420

Holiday Week

$140/$255/$455

RATES

Corral (4 Panels) For 1 Horse

4 panel corral

One Night

$27

Holiday 2 Night (min)

$31

Week 7 Nights

$135

Holiday Week

$155

RATES

Stall Shed with Mats: 1 Horse/x2

A stall with for your horse that includes mats

One Night

$30/$54

Holiday 2 Night (min)

$34/$62

Week 7 Nights

$150/$270

Holiday Week

$170/$310

 

GUIDELINES

EXTRA CHARGES

Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice

Reservations with 50% advance deposit

Smoking permitted outdoors

Check-in 12-6 pm / Check-out by 11 am
 

HORSE RULES

  • Copy of negative coggins required

  • Health certificate appreciated


PET RULES

  • Always on leashes

  • No pets left unattended

  • Clean up after pets

CANCELLATIONS

  • 14 days or more - 100% refund of deposit less service fee $35.00

  • Less than 10 days - 75% refund of deposit less service fee $35.00

  • Less than 7 days - 50% refund of deposit less service fee $35.00

  • Less than 3 days - Minimum cancellation service fee $35.00 (Credit issued if you re-book)

Hay, grain and bedding at reasonable prices

Trailer rental

Firewood $5. Small Stack $10 Large Stack
(no out-of-state firewood permitted)

Gas Grill & Picnic Area $10 per family per use

Catch & release Bass pond $10 per person/ $20 per family

Laundry $5.00 per load

Shower $6.00 per person daily / $18.00 weekly
 

OTHER FEES

  • Late check-in after 9pm or check-out request $20.00

DISCOUNTS

  • 25% OFF posted prices for emergencies

  • Military Discount - 20% OFF For Your First Night Stay
    To show our gratitude to our troops and their families.
     

  • No club discounts Friday, Saturday & Holidays

RELEASE OF LIABILITY

 

Under North Carolina Law, an equine activity sponsor or equine professional is not liable for an injury or the death of a participant in equine activities resulting exclusively from the inherent risks of equine activities (Chapter 99E of the North Carolina General Statutes).As a visitor/ guest of Walnut Hollow Ranch, I hereby knowingly execute this waiver of the right to sue and do hereby agree to assume all risks associated with participation in any ride sponsored by Walnut Hollow Ranch, or in riding on the premises as a visitor/ guest of Walnut Hollow Ranch.

 

I agree that my participation in the ride involves certain inherent risks, which include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. horseback riding involves being in remote areas for extended periods of time, far from communications, transportation, and medical facilities; that these areas can have many natural and man-made hazard which FENCE cannot anticipate, identify, modify or eliminate, these hazardous surface/subsurface conditions including such things as rocks, trees, puddles, streams, fences, jumps and/or hard objects and/or holes, divots, ledges which could cause an equine to trip and/or fall and/or could strike a participant who falls from or is thrown from an equine;

  2. that horses can behave in unpredictable ways which can result in accidents to anyone at any time, resulting in injury, severe injury, or death;

  3. that an equine's reaction to sound, movements, objects, vehicles, persons, animals, scents or insects cannot be predicted.I agree to take full responsibility for myself/my child, and the animal I/my child is riding. I will hold harmless Walnut Hollow Ranch, its employees, instructors, all ride personnel, and all property owners over whole land the ride crosses, their representatives, successors and assigns, for any accident, injury or loss that might occur due to my participation in the Walnut Hollow Ranch sponsored ride or while on the Walnut Hollow Ranch premises, and free from all liability for such injury or loss, including that due to negligence not caused by wanton or willful misconduct of Walnut Hollow Ranch, or event personnel.

 

This release extends to all claims of every kind and nature whatsoever, whether known or unknown, and I expressly waive any benefits that I may otherwise have under provisions of the law of North Carolina relating to the release of known claims. I understand that this release constitutes a limitation on my legal rights.I further agree that any tack or articles of any nature let on the premises of Walnut Hollow Ranch is entirely at my own risk. This Waiver of Rights and Assumption of Risk supercedes all prior agreements and understandings and may not be changed or terminated orally, and no change or attempted waiver of any of the provisions hereof shall be binding unless in writing. The undersigned verifies acceptance of risks and responsibilities for rider's and horses' conditions and certifies that all information on this form is correct to the best of his/her knowledge.

THIS AGREEMENT IS BINDING UPON MYSELF, MY SPOUSE, LEGAL REPRESENTATIVES, HEIRS, EXECUTORS AND ASSIGNS.

​NOTICE


This property is privately owned. The guest accepts inherit liability with the understanding that he/she does hereby release Walnut Hollow Ranch, its officers and employees of all liability for loss or damage to property and injury to his/ her person arising out of their use of its facilities and agrees to indemnify Walnut Hollow Ranch, its officers and employees, against claims resulting from loss or damage to property or injury to the person of any member of the family or visitor of the registered guest arising out of the use of its facilities.

WARNING - Under North Carolina law, an equine activity sponsor or equine professional is not liable for an injury to or the death of a participant in equine activities resulting exclusively from the inherent risks of equine activities. Chapter 99E of the North Carolina General Statutes.

NC Agritourism Limited Liability Law


Under North Carolina law, there is no liability for an injury to or death of a participant in an agritourism activity conducted at this agritourism location if such injury or death results from the inherent risks of the agritourism activity. Inherent risks of agritourism activities include, among others, risks of injury inherent to land, equipment, and animals, as well as the potential for you to act in a negligent manner that may contribute to your injury or death. You are assuming the risk of participating in this agritourism activity.

Liability and Waiver Disclaimer


In exchange for participation in activities offered by Walnut Hollow Ranch, Carter Cove Road, Hayesville, NC 28904 and use of the property, facilities and services of Walnut Hollow Ranch, I agree for myself and for members of my family or group to the following:

 

  1. I recognize that there are certain inherent risks associated with activities at Walnut Hollow Ranch and will assume full responsibility for personal injury, loss or damage arising out of my or my family or group's use of or presence upon the facilities at Walnut Hollow Ranch.

  2. I agree to indemnify and defend Walnut Hollow Ranch and it's owners, agents or employees against all claims, causes of action, damages, judgements, costs or expenses (including attorney or litigation costs), which may in any way arise from my or my family or group's use of or presence upon the facilities of Walnut Hollow Ranch.

  3. I agree to pay for alll damages to the facilities of Walnut Hollow Ranch caused by me or my family or group's negligence, reckless or willful action.

  4. Any legal or equitable claim that may arise from participation in the above shall be resolved under North Carolina Law.