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CCHA supports Trail Riders! Welcome to Eastern NC Trail Riders!
A Carolina Classic Horseman’s Association trail riding advocacy group.

Eastern North Carolina Trail Riders works as an adjunct to Carolina Classic Horseman’s Association to advocate for woodland horse riding access across our region. Eastern NC Trail Riders was formed in 2010 and is committed to the preservation of existing equine venues and the establishment of new trails and equine facilities in our region. 

ENCTR works with government planners, land managers and legislators to promote horse trail development and horse showing in the Cape Fear area and throughout eastern NC. Our goal is to create liaisons with planners at the local, state and federal levels to assure that the recreational needs of eastern NC riders are met and maintained. The coastal plains region of NC has the most open acreage of the 3 regions of our state yet we have the fewest public land accesses for horses.

We are asking horse enthusiasts of eastern North Carolina to join CCHA/ENCTR to help our group expand our scope of work. CCHA needs your help to keep a very busy youth showing schedule going (recognized as one of the best youth horse showing programs in eastern NC) and ENCTR needs your help to keep current equestrian trails and camping facilities open in eastern North Carolina as well as seek out public land for future horse use. Together, we are uniting as a regional consensus to make new trails and equine facilities available for families and future generations.

Equine businesses, horse owners and riders should be represented in the planning process when new trails are planned or recreational opportunities are considered. Presently, there is a lack of equine representation advocating equine public land use with county governments. Yet, bike clubs, hikers and many other environmental groups are working with government entities to campaign for the trails they need.

ENCTR specifically needs volunteers to work with eastern NC county governments and private land holders. We are seeking volunteers to assist with trail development and maintenance, to promote public education of trail advocacy in our region, attend symposia and workshops, help with grant writing, publications, and assist in designing and publishing a handbook of CCHA members, including NC riding locations, advertisers, sponsors and resources.

ENCTR is a proud volunteer partner with Brunswick County Parks and Recreation to assist in the development of an equine trail system in the Brunswick Nature Park that will be safe and fun for horse riders as well as conducive to other park programming. We are working diligently to write grants and volunteer time toward the fruition of this large project. The Brunswick Nature Park Equine Trail System should be open to riders in the spring of 2012. Donations are welcome. Please check this webpage for updates.

To accommodate the burgeoning number of aspiring young riders, ENCTR is also advocating and fundraising for a multi-use horse trail and new show ring in upcoming Smith Creek Park in Wilmington, NC. Smith Creek Park is presently in the planning stages now and these goals will only come to fruition with the strong support of our horse community. Donations can be made directly to the NHC Parks Foundation or to ENCTR toward the development of this equestrian site.

ENCTR is seeking additional lands for equine use in eastern NC. Please let us know if you have any suggestions for public equine space. We have worked to keep several existing riding locations open such as area beaches and Holly Shelter Game Land. And we continue to successfully lobby against Sunday hunting in NC Game Lands.

The importance of equestrian trail development at a time when open space and farmland is disappearing from North Carolina’s landscape cannot be over emphasized. Pressure from other users who wish to curtail horse use of trails must be countered. The general public and other users should be educated to understand that our needs and desires are part of the recreational community. You will find soccer fields, football fields and basketball courts in every NC county. Now it is time to add the diversity of public horse trails.

Intern Needed! We are seeking an intern who can work on some of our projects on a full time or part time basis. If you know of anyone who might be interested, please have them contact ENCTR!

Your ideas and input are very welcome!

More information regarding ENCTR meetings and activities will be posted on this page (

ENCTR expects all volunteers and affiliate volunteer groups to agree that the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession or use of a controlled substance is prohibited in all ENCTR workplaces and understands that the actions that will be taken against employees for violation of such prohibition.

For local, public riding access always check park websites for pertinent updates and detailed information (permits/fees/restrictions) associated with equine use. Always follow regulations and “Leave No Trace”. Your equine etiquette, good or bad, dictates future horse access.

Please, always represent our horse community in a positive light.

Eastern NC Public Equine Venues

Howell Woods Environmental Learning Center (trail/gravel road riding)

Croatan National Forest Pine Cliff Trail (trail riding)

Bladen Lakes State park (sand/gravel road riding)

Holly Shelter Game Land (sand/gravel road riding)

Senator Bob Marshall Agricultural Center (rings)

Hugh MacRae Park (ring)

Emerald Isle Beach (beach riding)

Topsail Beach (beach riding)

Carolina Beach (beach riding)

Buxton Woods & NC Coastal Reserve, Hatteras Island, Outer Banks
(trail and beach riding)

Lumber River State Park (trail riding)

Raven Rock NC State Park (trail riding)

Halifax County 4-H Rural Life Center (trail riding)

Hoffman Forest, Sandhills Gamelands(trail/sand/gravel road riding) 

Additional Equine Trail Links:

The Fork Stables (trails, x-country, rings)

Carolina Horse Park (x-country, ring, trails)

Walthour Moss Foundation (trails-x-country-fox hunting)

South Carolina Horse Trails

Sandhills SC State Forest

Virginia Horse Trails

Trail Riding Resources:


For more information, please email

Ann Donaldson at:

or Julie Congleton at:

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Carolina Classic Horseman's Association
609 A, Piner Road Suite 147
Wilmington NC 28409
(910) 799-9257 * (910) 352-2923