A TRAIL RIDER'S DREAM
Owner Christina Achelpohl, veteran of many years of trail riding and horse camping, long dreamed of building her own campground. She not only wanted a great place to camp and ride, she also wanted a venue to stay involved with horses after her own riding days come to a close. Drawing from her own experiences and with the invaluable assistance of friends and local tradesmen, Chris made her dream a reality in late summer 2012 when Cedar Mountain Horse Camp was completed.
Choosing a site was easy...where will weather allow riding 9-10 months out of the year? Answer: the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. So Chris located the area horse trails, then simply picked a property centrally located to the most trails! CEDAR MOUNTAIN HORSE CAMP, located only minutes from Dupont State Forest with approximately 90 miles of equestrian-friendly trails, is also within easy day-trip distance of notable destinations such as Pisgah National Forest, Biltmore, The Gorges, and Panthertown Valley, to name a few.
Although CMHC is a short drive to DuPont - only 8-15 minutes depending upon the trail head - you'll find it's more fun and interesting to ride out of different trail heads so you don't ride the same trails over and over.
Property in hand, Chris built a facility that merged the features she most desired in a horse camp. Shade was paramount to the Columbia, SC native! So each and every campsite at CMHC is tucked under mature trees. Many camps have absolutely no turnout - you ride all day and then shut the horses up in a dark stall. We have corrals and pastures so your horses can graze and stretch those muscles between rides. Tired of freezing or burning up in the bathhouse? The spacious, handicapped accessible bathroom is heated and air-conditioned. These are just a few of the great features you'll find at Cedar Mountain Horse Camp!
If you have a living quarters trailer and don't want to trailer from CMHC to the trailheads, we have one 2-horse and two 4-horse stock trailers available for $5 per horse per day. Request one when you reserve your dates and we'll do our best to accommodate you. If we have a large crowd, your consideration in sharing trailer use with others is appreciated!
NOTICE OF CHANGE IN PASTURE POLICY: due to the shockingly high percentage of campers who don't put their manure and used hay in the Manure Dump at check-out, a $50 security deposit must now be paid in advance with all pasture rentals. A clean-up fee of $50/hour will be assessed for non-compliance. NO EXCEPTIONS.
THANK YOU to those campers who have done the right thing! WE LOVE YOU!
Safe, green pastures are possible only with diligent maintenance, and we hoped all our campers would be considerate. Horse people know their horses produce 50 pounds of manure daily, and it takes more than one wheelbarrow load to remove what 3 horses poop in 4 days! 2 aging ladies don't want to clean up after you!!!
We don't want flies or worm problems, or to have the grass killed by piles of manure or used hay. The next campers' horses don't want to graze around your horses' waste. We expect you to do what WE have to do when you leave...walk the pasture in a methodical grid, top to bottom, side to side, removing all the piles - even those in the tall grass. If you don't want to do this, rent a corral. They are much easier to clean!
ACCOMMODATIONS FOR PEOPLE
* All sites have water hookups and a 20/30/50 amp electrical service!
OWNER CHRIS ACHELPOHL
* "The Outhouse." This charming structure houses not only the spacious handicapped-accessible, heated and air-conditioned bathroom but also a 24' by 14' screened porch with cozy porch furniture, a cot, a handmade rustic dining table with chairs and a unique bench made from an antique Army crate, and more! You'll find an electric skillet, toaster, microwave, charcoal grill, electric roaster, coffeemaker, and other useful conveniences. Outside, there's even a commercial 2-compartment sink with hot and cold water for dishwashing.
* "The Bunkhouse Bedroom." Tired of sleeping in a tent or in the back of your stock trailer? Try out the comfy full-sized bed in the Bunkhouse Bedroom instead! With handmade cedar furniture, western lamps, woven rugs and whimsical decor, this pine-paneled retreat will spoil you! Equipped with a fan, heater, clock/radio/CD player, small fridge, coffee maker and microwave, the Bunkhouse Bedroom really beats a tent at the end of a long day on the trail. A cot is available, too. It's a dry cabin, so you must use The Outhouse when nature calls. Sleeps 1-3.
* "Cabin 7." The highly popular Cabin 7 sleeps 6, with a queen bed, 2 twin beds (you are welcome to push them together if needed) plus a cozy loft, accessed by a ladder, that sleeps 2 small people. The loft has a foam pad but you may bring an inflatable mattress (no bigger than queen) if you like! Cabin 7 has a small fridge, microwave, toaster, coffeepot, and more! Outside there is a small portable grill - you provide the gas bottle. There's an AC with remote and space heater with remote, too. With its full front porch, and close proximity to "The Outhouse" (it's a dry cabin), Cabin 7 is a big hit!
* "Camper 10." This 33-foot camper has a Queen bed plus a pull-out sofa in the living room, one bathroom, a fully-equipped kitchen, and cute Western-themed decor. This oversized campsite also has room for additional vehicles as well as a tent, small trailer, pop-up camper, etc. Stay in Camper 10, bring your own stock trailer and use it to access the local trailheads!
ACCOMMODATIONS FOR HORSES
Corrals. CMHC has 11 corrals. Most are around 25' X 35' in size. Two are partially covered with a run-in shed, and 2 are partially covered with a seasonal canvas canopy. Each corral has a water spigot for filling buckets.
Pastures. We have 3 large (1/4 acre +) grassy pastures. $50 security deposit required - no exceptions!
Pipe Corrals. Campsite 1 has 2 adjacent pipe corrals.
Tie-Out Panels. Campsite 8 has a unique 2-panel tie-out that will safely accommodate 3 horses.
We have wheelbarrows, manure forks, manure buckets, and a small dump cart that can be towed behind your truck to assist you in moving waste to the Manure Dump. The Manure Dump pit is located near Solomon Jones Road just in front of the treeline on the left hand border of our property. Why so far away? Keeps the flies and smells away from horses and campsites!
We also have a few hoses and yard hydrants below the corrals so you can wash your horses after a ride. DO NOT wash your horse in a corral or pasture!!!
GOOD NEIGHBOR POLICY
Cedar Mountain Horse Camp is located in a quiet, primarily residential valley and we wish to be good neighbors at all times. We ask that all campers be mindful of their surroundings and to ensure their activities, especially noise level, do not create a nuisance to not only our neighbors but to other campers. Camp Rules may be found on the Reservations Page. Reminder: please try not to drive around or drive into and out of CMHC during Quiet Time!
ACCOLADES IN TRAIL RIDER MAGAZINE!
After only one full year in operation, Cedar Mountain Horse Camp was honored in the May 2014 issue of Trail Rider magazine as one of only 95 5-star rated campgrounds in America!
For reservations or if you have questions, please call Chris Achelpohl at (803)730-9960 or Vanessa Patrick at (803)521-3614. You may also contact Chris via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.