Horseback riding has become quite popular in the Western North Carolina Mountains and can be enjoyed by the entire family. In the region, there are numerous horse trails to explore, many with breathtaking views. The changing seasons make any time of year a great time for a leisurely ride. Here at the Preserve at Rock Creek, there is an equestrian area for homeowners to leave their horses to graze while resting up for another adventure.
The Cashier's/Sapphire area of Western North Carolina has a deeper history with horses than one may realize. It is said that Cashiers was given its name after a horse named Cash got loose and roamed through the valley. When they found the horse they called out "Cash is here!", hence "Cashiers".
Transylvania county is also home to the well known Horsepasture River, which hosts Rainbow, Turtleback, and Drift Falls. The name "Horsepasture" comes from the plain created by the river's confluence with Toxaway River and Laurel Fork Creek. Now flooded by Lake Jocassee, this level area was once referred to as the "Horse Pasture" because its steep mountain walls served as a natural corral for livestock.
Horseback Riding Trails in Western North Carolina