Happy Trails: Horse riders get paths in Croatan

Published: Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 07:27 PM.

Lloyd said there were about 300,000 horses in the state that are part of a multi-billion dollar industry.

"Some place like Pine Cliff here is very, very important and the economic impact is just far reaching, much more than anybody realizes," he said.

Peggy Grammer, of Newport, also came out for Sunday’s ride through the forest.

"It’s beautiful," she said. "We just so thoroughly enjoy coming out here. It’s a piece of paradise because of the serenity, the woods, the water. It’s just a great ride."

She thinks camping on the trails is a good idea.

"If you come from a long distance, you want to have a place to camp and keep you’re horses," Grammer said. "The more we promote it, the more people will come out."

All of the trails start at a gravel parking lot one mile down the access road to the Pine Cliff Recreation Area on the left. The trees at the start are marked with large red splotches of paint. There are three trails — red, yellow and blue — of various lengths.

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