Foothills Equestrian Nature Center, also known as FENCE, provides the South Carolina
Upstate and Western North Carolina with a nature preserve of 380 acres,
open to the public year-round. FENCE has an award-winning equestrian facility
that hosts local, regional and national events, offers birding activities and
programs and is a learning center for children. FENCE also hosts youth
The are over five miles of trails for walking, riding and carriage use, a
wildlife pond, quiet meadows and sweeping panoramas. FENCE also hosts
steeplechases, horse trails, dressage shows, pleasure driving and cross-country
races. Stabling available for over 180 horses, lighted show rings and
cross-country and steeplechase courses.
Foothills Equestrian Nature Center
Distance: 1 hour from Asheville
Address: 3381 Hunting Country Rd. Tryon, NC 28782
Hours: Dawn to dusk daily; Office Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Fees: None for hiking and nature trails. Equestrian fees
charged for Bed and Barn Program (Bring your own horse, rental
stalls and apartment are available.
Foothills Equestrian Trails Association, PO Box 1453, Columbus NC
Of Note: The Blockhouse Steeplechase is one of the major equestrian events in
Directions: Take I-26 East from Asheville or Hendersonville. Take S.C. Exit 1.
Turn right towards Landrum. Go 1Ĺ miles and take a right onto Bomar Rd. (Liíl
Cricket is on the corner). Go one short block and turn right onto Prince Rd.
After 1.7 miles, turn left onto Hunting Country Rd., just before the I-26
overpass. Go slightly over Ĺ mile to FENCEís entrance on the right.