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Trails and Trail Uses of the Biltmore Equestrian Center

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Biltmore offers an extensive trail system with well over 100 Miles of marked trails that are available to Biltmore Equestrian Center boarders and equine passholders, and equestrian campers and day riders, who pay a per diem fee. These trails are also used for special events sponsored by the Biltmore Equestrian Center, and competitions sponsored by NATRC and AERC. There are multiple well-marked trails on the East Side of the French Broad River varying in length from 5 to 18 miles with shorter options for most trail available. There are also trails varying in length from 6 to 13 miles used for special occasions on the West Range (the west side of the French Broad River). 

East Side Trails are generally open as the Estate is open to passholders and other guests of BEC. The West Range Trails have access limited to occasions such as West Range Rides, some hunter paces, and some competitions.

This site will provide information on the trails (particularly maps) used by the Biltmore Equestrian Center for its various user groups.

Particular upcoming events will have 'top billing', with everyday 'day rider' trails towards the bottom.

This is an experimental arrangement.  Comments on maps should be addressed to Stagg Newman.  Comments on the web site should be addressed to Cheryl Newman.

West Range Rides -- tbd.  Bridge gates will open at 9am and riders must be off the West Range by 2pm.  For maps see the West Range.  For full logistics, contact BEC 828 225 1454.  In general, $15 / rider, payable 'at the bridge' that crosses the French Broad River.

Biltmore Challenge -- May 6 - 7, 2022

Fall Ride at Biltmore to Benefit Hope for Horses -- September 24 - 25, 2021

NATRC "French Broad Classic" -- mid-October

Day Trails--trail summary maps and information are available below.    The French Broad River separates the East Side Trails (main part of the Estate) from the West Range Trails.     

All east side trails and the access trails to and from the bridge over the French Broad River are marked to start and finish at the BEC outdoor riding arena. The West Side trails are loops that start and stop at the bridge over the French Broad River. West Range Trails are accessed by the intra-Estate bridge across the French Broad River.

The start and stop at the outdoor riding arena is about mile from the Day Trailer Parking area. The last mile of the Red, White, Orange, and Green trails pass behind the Day Trailer Parking area. Riders can use this trail to ride to the start of the trails at the arena. The map (not yet available) shows the area around the Biltmore Equestrian Center including the Day Trailer Parking (DTP) and the outdoor riding arena where trails start and stop.  

All trails are marked with either black or white arrows on diamonds. The background color of the diamond defines the trail color. Octagons in the trail color with either black of white Xs indicate the trail does not go in the direction. Riders on a particular color trail should never pass on X of that color. More information is given in the trail descriptions and legends below.

East Side trail information includes an overview legend; West Range trail information has its own overview legend (outdated!!!) . For each side of the River, you will find a combined overview map; then individual colored trail maps with individual elevation profiles / statistics and individual sheets with legends and summary trail descriptions. 

Note:  on printing maps, making them come out as single page, formatted correctly:  right click (or control-click) on the map link, download it, and print the downloaded file.

East Side Trails.  All east side trails are on the main part of the Estate and are generally available for riding.   The maps all follow the patterns identified in this legend.  The legend sheet also contains a thumbnail summary of all East Side trails.

==>  East Trails.  (alphabetical order for primary trails; fragment and combined trails afterwards)

Note:  on printing maps, making them come out as single page, formatted correctly:  right click (or control-click) on the map link, download it, and print the downloaded file.

West Range Trails All West Range trails are on the west side of the French Broad River and are available on occasions such as West Range rides and various competitions.  All West Range trails are accessed by a Lime Green short bridge access trail from the day camper parking area to the bridge and back.  That Lime Green short bridge access trail is shown on each map and is included in the elevation profile.  West Range trails include Black West, Yellow West, Blue West, Green West, and Orange West.  Occasionally, access to the West Range is from a trailer parking lot off Alta Vista Road, off NC 191 (Brevard Rd).  Mileages differ minimally.

The maps all follow the patterns identified in this legend.  The legend sheet also contains a thumbnail summary of all West Range trails.  

Note:  on printing maps, making them come out as single page, formatted correctly:  right click (or control-click) on the map link, download it, and print the downloaded file.

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