It's quite possible the Blue Ridge Mountains are one of the best places for equestrian properties.
Western North Carolina's temperate climate, abundant natural resources, and proximity to Asheville may make it one of the most desirable places to live with horses in the United States. Properties suitable for horses can be found in most price brackets, making it affordable for many. Check out our video about all the places there are to enjoy horseback riding in the Smoky Mountains.
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If you've ever dreamed of living with horses on your property, we have agents specializing in horse and equestrian properties. Let us help you find your North Carolina version of Ponderosa in each of the surrounding counties, including Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Madison, Polk, Rutherford, Transylvania, and Yancey counties.
In general, professionals recommend two acres for the first horse and an additional acre for each additional horse (e.g., five acres for four horses). And, of course, more land is always better depending on the foraging quality of your particular property (70% vegetative cover is recommended). In Western North Carolina, homebuyers with horses can truly Live the Life You Choose. Homes for sale in the area include hobby farms, planned equestrian communities, and urban living near world-class horse facilities.
The recently built Tryon International Equestrian Center hosts world-class equine events all year. It has been chosen as the host of the 2018 World Equine Games. Featuring 10 riding arenas, over 1,000 permanent stalls, elevated and shaded viewing decks, restaurants, family activities, boutiques, and more, TIEC takes a love for horses to the next level. Here, any and all can come and enjoy the beauty of the sport and its incredibly gifted animals.
Of the many different ways to Live the Life You Choose in Western North Carolina, one way is uniquely woven into our history: the rural lifestyle. The rural lifestyle offers unparalleled opportunities for connecting with nature, stewardship of the land, and living a self-reliant outdoor lifestyle. We describe the rural lifestyle as living outside the city limits on three or more acres of minimally restricted land. Areas throughout the region offer space to stretch and grow—sometimes closer to city centers than you would imagine.
Asheville is located in Buncombe County. The county is large enough that you can own a remote equestrian-friendly property and still be only minutes away from one of the most culturally rich towns in the South. Whether you're looking towards the northwest end of the county in Leicester, or Arden in the south, there are plenty of rolling pastures, mountain trails, and large farms for horse enthusiasts.
Includes Weaverville, Black Mountain, Arden, and Fairview, NC.
316 S Braeside Court
415 Brush Creek Road
80 Deerhaven Lane
Tryon is located in Polk County. The beauty of Polk County is the terrain ranges from the magnificent Blue Ridge Mountains in the west to the rolling hills of the Piedmont in the east.
Includes Saluda, Tryon, and Columbus, NC.
Polk County has a very active equestrian community. The Tryon International Equestrian Center is a sprawling $100 million equestrian center and luxury resort. They hold regular events, bringing horse lovers and riders from across the country and the world. A luxury resort and spa is slated to open on the site in 2018.
Tryon International Equestrian Center
475 Bronze Ridge Drive
3050 Collinsville Road
Hendersonville is located in Henderson County. Drive anywhere and you will notice the hillsides dotted with horse farms, hundreds of acres of equestrian land, as well as upscale homes and barns on large parcels. Many feed and supply stores are close by for your trip into town, as well as the small-town charm of communities like Flat Rock and Hendersonville. If you want postcard-ready land and a welcoming community of horse lovers, Henderson County is the place.
Includes Hendersonville, Flat Rock, Fletcher, and Mills River, NC.
3241 Greenville Highway
Flat Rock 28731
1411 Cabin Creek Road
27 Cape Martin Circle
Madison County is located deep in the Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina, and much of the county's terrain is rugged, heavily forested, and sparsely populated. The county's northern border is with the state of Tennessee. Madison County's largest river is the French Broad River, which flows north-northwest through the county, first past the county seat of Marshall, then past the resort town of Hot Springs.
The rolling hills and availability of large land parcels make Madison County perfect for equestrian land.
Includes Marshall, Mars Hill, and Hot Springs, NC.
2016 Upper Paw Paw Road
6200 Meadow Fork Road
Hot Springs 28743
434 Tilson Branch
Yancey County, NC is an elevated county with some of the highest mountains to be found in Western North Carolina (and in the eastern U.S., for that matter). It makes sense, then, that the county offers living situations and equestrian experiences that go above and beyond the norm.
Located in the center of the county, Burnsville is 35 miles north of Asheville and 50 miles west of Johnson City, Tenn. Just a few miles from Burnsville looms Mount Mitchell, the tallest peak east of the Mississippi, reaching to 6,684 feet above sea level.
In fact, according to the 2007 Census of Agriculture, Yancey is one of the top-rated counties in North Carolina for livestock. Looking at a few of the available properties below, you can see why:
Includes Burnsville, NC and surrounding communities.
3145 Us 19w Highway
3145 Us 19w Highway
1364 Long Branch Road
Green Mountain 28740
32 Hortons Creek Road
2100 Bald Mountain Road
339 Bald Mountain Road
360 Shadow Lane
Green Mountain 28740