Back Country Horsemen of Western North Carolina
Back Country Horsemen of  Western North Carolina was organized in 2008 to address the increasing need to maintain horseback riding trails on public lands. We are a chapter of the Back Country Horsemen of NC.

Back Country Horsemen are a national organization that work with federal, state, and local agencies to preserve and maintain public trails so that everyone has the freedom to enjoy them. As a service organization, we are able to assist public agencies to manage recreational equine use on public lands. Another of our primary purposes is to educate horsemen and other trail users in the low impact use of the backcountry environment.

We welcome anyone interested in promoting and protecting trails and equestrian access to public lands. We hold membership meetings in addition to work rides, educational clinics, trail rides, and other events.

Our Mission

    1. Perpetuate the common sense use and enjoyment of horses in America’s back country and wilderness areas and especially the back country and wilderness areas of North Carolina and the Southeastern United States.

    2.Work to ensure that public lands remain open to recreational stock use.

    3.Assist the Government and private agencies in their maintenance and managements of said public resources.

  4.Educate, encourage, and solicit active participation in the wise use of the back country resource by horsemen and the general public commensurate with our heritage.

                    5. Foster and encourage the formation of new state Back Country Horsemen organizations.
For more information about Back Country Horsemen follow the links below:






BCHWNC Members Meeting

Member Meetings are always at 6:30 pm on the 2nd Thursday of the month

Apr. - Oct. at the Bryson City Horse arena
Nov. - March Anthony's Pizza , Bryson City


From the halls of Congress, we once again have good news to share. 


Last week, the National Forest "trails bill" we supported last year was reintroduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Cynthia Lummis  (R-WY)  and Tim Walz (D-MN). The bill, the National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act (H.R. 845), continues to spur high-level dialogue and a search for solutions to the growing trail maintenance crisis on our national forests.


BCHA strongly supports H.R. 845.


You can click here to read the text of the bill as introduced.


The bill was introduced at the request of BCHA and our partners, The Wilderness Society and American Horse Council. It responds, in part, to a June 2013 report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) that reviewed the status and causes of the Forest Service trail maintenance backlog. 


If enacted as currently written, H.R. 845 would:

  • Direct the U.S. Forest Service to develop a strategy to more effectively utilize volunteers and partners to assist in maintaining national forest trails;
  • Provide outfitters and guides the ability to pay permit fees in trail maintenance activities instead of dollars;
  • Address the liability issue that hampers volunteer and partner trail maintenance activity in some national forests; and
  • Prioritize specific areas for trail maintenance within national forests.


Take Action!

Please call or write your congressional representative to express support for H.R. 845. As a result of widespread bipartisan interest, the bill could move quickly through the House of Representatives if no controversial provisions or requests for new appropriations are added. We also hope to see a companion bill introduced in the Senate soon.


Go to this website to find contact information for your member of Congress. In your own words, tell your representative why you support H.R. 845, the National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act. Tell them of your passion for, and commitment to, keeping national forest trails open and enjoyed by horsemen and others. Lastly, please ask them to consider co-sponsoring H.R. 845.


If you are a resident of Wyoming or Minnesota, please include in your message a heartfelt "Thank You!" to Representatives Lummis and Walz, respectively, for introducing H.R. 845 on behalf of the Back Country Horsemen.


Feel free to share copies of your letters with BCHA's Advisor for Public Lands & Recreation, including any response you receive from your member of Congress.


We are excited to have this bill reintroduced.


Our campaign has taken nearly three years to get to this point. Consequently, we believe BCHA is well-positioned--along with its partners--to continue to explore and promote lasting solutions to the trail maintenance crisis on our National Forests.


Thank you! And please call or send letters today to you congressional representative in support of H.R. 845.


Jim McGarvey, Chairman

Back Country Horsemen of America

A BIG Thank You to all of our April Trail Crews


Great job !  Keep up the Good Work !

Thank You  to all who made the 2015 coggins clinic
 a HUGE success!  
We pulled coggins tests on 65 horses and did a large number of other vaccines. Thank You to Dr. Beverly Hargus of Animals - R - Us , Mike Stiles for assisting Dr. Hargus, Randy Collins Graham County Agricultural Agent. The town of Bryson Ccity  & Sweetwater Farm and Garden  for the use of their facilities and to all of our chapter members who volunteered their time. 
 Packed and ready to go!