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Equestrian Trail

Ruben Mountain Trail

1790 Hanging Rock Park Road, Danbury

Park at Tory's Den parking lot, located at 1185 Charlie Young Road. Hikers must go 1 mile up Tory's Den Trail to get to the trailhead for this 2.9-mile trail. Hiking this entire trail from the parking lot and back is approximately 5.5 miles. The trail is open to horses and hikers. The trail's surface is gravel, dirt, and rock. The wide trail winds around Ruben Mountain, a lesser-known member of the Sauratown Mountain Range, through boulder fields, and past a lofty view of Brown Mountain out in the distance.

Tory's Den Trail

1790 Hanging Rock Park Road, Danbury

This trail begins at the trailhead at the west end of Tory's Den parking lot, located at 1185 Charlie Young Road. The trail's surface is gravel, dirt, and rock. The first half of the trail is open to both hikers and horseback riders. The trail goes downhill from the corner of the parking lot, along the powerline, and then crosses Charlie Young Road. It then meanders through forests and near a small stream, before climbing gradually up the mountain. A sign marks the end of the section that can be used by horses. Hikers can continue up to Huckleberry Ridge and its weathered rock formations.

Bridle Trail – West Loop

3009 Raven Rock Road, Lillington

The West Loop Bridle Trail is the perfect adventure for those who wish to explore the northside of the park. Take this trail by itself or combine it with the East Loop Bridle Trail to make an 8-mile circuit. Be sure to hitch up your horse and take a break at the Avents Creek crossing located on the trail. This is a great spot to enjoy Jumping Fish Falls and see friendly snakes sunning themselves on the boulders.

Riders, please be mindful and considerate when encountering other trail users.

Bridle Trail – East Loop

3009 Raven Rock Road, Lillington

Take a ride on the East Loop Bridle Trail with your horse! This trail cuts through some of the oldest areas of the park on the northside of the Cape Fear River. Take this trail by itself or combine it with the West Loop Bridle Trail to make an 8-mile circuit. With numerous creek crossings and plenty of canopy coverage, this trail is sure to please horse riders and hikers alike!

Riders, please be mindful and considerate when encountering other trail users.

Sandhills Access: Wire Grass Loop Trail

2505 Long Valley Road, Spring Lake

This trail starts at the intersection where the equestrian access trail and the Longleaf Pine Trail meet, goes past the parking lot and loops back around to the Longlead Pine Trail. Visitors can observe the scenic longleaf pine with wiregrass understory, which is a glimple of what the Sandhills of North Carolina is supposed to look like with prescribed fire.