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- Nantahala Bikeway
- Skewarkee Trail
- Thermal Belt Rail Trail
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North Carolina Rail-Trails
Click the above links for information about the Rail-Trails in each area.
For information on rail-trails under development, please see our Projects and Initiatives Page
Share the Trails: Points to ponder regarding multi-use trail use and etiquette
· Rail-trails are ideal for beginning or limited mobility equestrians because they are wide and flat.
· Equestrians should train their horses about different sorts of conditions
· Horses should be encouraged to go through small boggy spots in trails rather than circle them, to avoid making the spots bigger
· Mountain bikers should avoid riding the same ruts
· Walkers and cyclists should pause (briefly) when approaching a horse in either direction and give a friendly greeting.
· It’s best to wait for horses to traverse bridges and tunnels before crossing.
· Bikes or strollers may spook some horses. Human talk calms them.
· Many riders cannot dismount without a block or log, so they can’t kick horse manure off the trail.
· Young horses must keep moving, so stopping to remove manure may not be advisable.
· Other trail users can help out by using a stick to remove manure from the trails.
· Horses are herbivores and their poop is lower in nitrogen than cows and pigs and in small amounts does not harm streams.
· The NC Horse Council is working with water quality experts to establish rules for equestrian use of watersheds.
· Horses have really wide peripheral vision so may be spooked by sudden approaches. Coming from behind, call out: “Is it OK to pass now?”
· Obey all dog leash laws. Gently introduce your dog to passing horses.
· Hikers should avoid using up the entire trail width, stay right and check behind you before moving left.
· Bikers should stay right, give warning, pass left. Ride slowly when other users are present.