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Pisgah Natl Forest - Harmon Den Horse Campground

Near: WaynesvilleNC (Weather)
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30 Difficulty: Rigorous Trail
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Trail Description There is a combination of Forest Service roads (most are closed to vehicles) and single track trails through mountainous terrain with scenic riding along mountain streams and ridgetop views. For the most part the trails are not steep but there is significant elevation change, especially on the longer loops. Shoes (or boots) are a must as there are stretches that are very rocky and others where crushed rock is used to provide solid footing. The trails are not well marked so a map (Natl Geographic has a topo map #782) and GPS are highly recommended.
Best Time to Visit Becaue of the elevation, it is cooler here in the summer time.
Times to Avoid Watch out for hunting season.
Campground Primitive camping on level crushed rock pads. If you have a large rig you should ask for sites 6,8,10,11,12,or 14. The other sites are quite small. There are four tie stalls with mangers at each site for your horses. There is a watering trough for horses and a hand pump they say is for humans only, but I wouldn't drink the water from it because it contains an excessive amount of silt. In other words, plan on bringing your own water, at least to drink.
Human Facilities: Horse Facilities: Operated by: Contact: Additional Information
Primitive, toliet stall, water US Forest Service
828-622-3202
US Forest Service

Hot Springs, NC
Recreation.gov
Directions Take I-40 exit 7 in North Carolina. Go north 4 miles on Cold Springs Road (Forest Service road 148). There will be a sign to the horse camp. You will turn right on FS-3526 and then left into the horse camp. You will need a combination for the lock on the gate. Call 828-682-6146. You can make reservations through www.recreation.gov if you plan 4 or more days in advance. If less than 4 days, it is first come.
This information was provided by jtrider on 6/15/2008 11:38:13 AM

Notes on Difficulty Rating:  
 Easy
(Gently sloping or level terrain; trails are groomed or wide open; shallow or no creek crossings. ) 
 More Difficult (Moderate hills over consistent surface; possibly some narrow trails and short steeper slopes) 
 Rigorous (Easy to More Difficult for rider but physically challenging for horse such as on a level surface through deep sand) 
 Challenging (Possible rocky, uneven surface, steep slopes, uncleared trails, faster flowing streams and other obstacles that lead to more difficult riding for rider and horse)

   

   

   

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