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Things to do in Asheville NC

Sandy Bottom Trail Rides is proud to recommend the following Asheville and Madison County Attractions:


Asheville Outdoor Center

Our 7-mile French Broad river trip is our most popular; carving its way through the Biltmore Estate Property (an 8,000 acre private, protected wilderness) and some of the oldest mountains on earth. All of our trips are self-guided; guests can expect to be on the river for up to 3 hours (dependent upon water/weather conditions) and can see a variety of animals and bird life. The river otter, soft-shell turtle, pileated wood pecker, Carolina wren and the famous great blue heron are all likely to be seen while floating. 7 mile float trip has small waves (up to class 1), easy current, and excellent beginner trip suitable for children as small as 35 lbs. This trip appeals to both novice and enthusiast alike. For more information, go to the Asheville Outdoor Center.

French Broad Rafting Expeditions

French Broad Rafting Expeditions is the closest whitewater rafting outfitter to Asheville, North Carolina (NC) USA. For a thrilling whitewater rafting experience on Western North Carolina’s most scenic and free flowing river, the French Broad River is one of the oldest and most playful whitewater rivers in Western North Carolina. When visiting Asheville, North Carolina, let French Broad Rafting Expeditions take you and your family or group on an exciting whitewater or calm water rafting adventure. See you on the river. For more information, go to French Broad Rafting Expeditions.


Hot Springs Spa

Our 100 acre Resort & Spa feature feature modern Jacuzzi style hot tubs, positioned outside along the tranquil banks of Spring Creek and the French Broad River. The tubs are supplied with a continuous flow of the 104 degree natural mineral waters. We have a nationally certified & state licensed staff of massage therapists on hand to compliment your soaks or for separate service altogether. For more information, click on Hot Springs Spa.

More great places to visit

The official tourism website for all that you need to know about Madison County, North Carolina—where to stay, where to eat, what to do as well as facts about our towns and our history. Up to date events listing in addition to a yearly event listing to plan your visit. Information on festivals, plays, concerts and all of the outdoor activities: rafting, hiking, skiing, horseback riding, fishing and much more. For more information, click on is the Official tourism Web Site of Asheville, NC. The site includes the most up-to-date calendar of events in Western North Carolina, an extensive database of area accommodations, attractions and restaurants, and host partners special packages and deals.

It is not hard to see why my great grandfather settled in this location over a hundred years ago! You will never forget your North Carolina horseback riding experience at Sandy Bottom trail rides.




It is not hard to see why my great grandfather settled in this location over a hundred years ago! You will never forget your North Carolina horseback riding experience at Sandy Bottom trail rides.




Customer Reviews

Charleston Kayaking Review

I would also recommend the 3 hour tour. Trails gave you plenty of different types of terrain but nothing too challenging. My 8 yo daughter had no problem on her own and was matched well with the horse as was I. We unfortunately could not go into the gem mine but there are still plenty of garnet in the tailings around mine. The horses seemed to be well taken care of and they seems to be pretty organized there. - Matthew S.

Sandy Bottom Trip Advisor

Terms of Service

We are currently open for business and following North Carolina safety guidelines.

TOS: Cancellations must be made 24 hours in advance of the scheduled reservations, or you will be charged in full.

Please arrive at least 30 mins early. If you arrive after your start time your tour may be cut short.

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* Children 5 years and under may ride double with a parent 1/2 price.

*Private rides for $20 extra per person

Directions & Hours


Hours of Operation
Open Mon - Sat 8:30am - 4pm| Closed Sundays
Except Holiday Weekends
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas & Easter Day

Contact Info

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1459 Caney Fork Road
Marshall, NC 28753

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