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 to set up a retirement venue that would keep her involved with horses and riders after her own riding days came 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 would the weather allow you to ride nine or ten months out of the year? Answer: the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. So Chris located the horse trails in that area, then simply picked the area most 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-ride 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 will find that it is more fun and interesting to ride out of different trail heads so you don't have to ride the same trails over and over.
With the location pinned down, Chris went to work constructing a facility that would bring together all the features she found most desirable in a horse camp. Shady campsites protected from the blistering sun were of paramount importance to the Columbia, SC native! Hence, each and every campsite at Cedar Mountain Horse Camp enjoys the shade of mature trees. Many horse camps have absolutely nowhere to turn out your horses - you ride all day and then shut them up in a dark stall the rest of the time. So Chris made sure that Cedar Mountain Horse Camp would have multiple corrals available so your horses could graze and stretch those muscles between rides. Tired of freezing or burning up in the bathhouse? The spacious, handicapped accessible bathroom at Cedar Mountain Horse Camp 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 large living quarters trailer and don't want to move it back and forth between CMHC and the trailheads each day, you may utilize one of the 2 four-horse or 1 two-horse stock trailers on the premises for a nominal fee, on a first come, first-served basis. Just tell us you would like to reserve a stock trailer when you make your reservation and we will do our best to accommodate you. If we have a large crowd, your consideration in sharing trailer space with others is appreciated!
NOTICE OF CHANGE IN PASTURE POLICY: due to the shockingly high percentage of campers who have failed to comply with our camp rules - all manure and hay must be removed and placed in the Manure Dump at check-out - a $50 security deposit must be paid in advance with all pasture rentals. In addition, 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!
The safe, green pastures we've provided are only possible with diligent maintenance. We assumed horse people would appreciate the privilege of having good turnout for their horses, and would in turn help us keep the pastures in good shape. Horse people know that an average horse produces 50 pounds of manure daily. It's appalling how many campers think it's sufficient to pick up one wheelbarrow load the day before they leave from the pasture where they kept 3 horses for 4 days - leaving 2 aging ladies to clean up after them. REALLY????
We don't want fly or worm problems. We don't want our grass killed by piles of manure or used hay. We don't want the next campers' horses to have 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 and adjacent storage room 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 air conditioner 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 presently has 8 corrals. Most are around 25' X 35' in size.
Pastures. We have 3 large (1/4 acre +) grassy pastures.
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.
---------------SEE CHANGE IN PASTURE POLICY ABOVE--------------
MORE UPDATES!!! One of our large pastures now contains a 10' X 24' temporary summer shelter! We also added 10' X 10' run-in shelters for two of the horse corrals, with plans for more as soon as $$$permits!
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: email@example.com.