FLYING - Our nearest airport is located in Charlotte, NC - Charlotte Douglas Intl and is about an hour away depending upon traffic. There are some shuttles are available but schedules vary. Rental cars are available at airport. Other nearby airports include Greensboro, NC and Spartanburg, SC. There is an airport in Hickory, but it does not serve commercial passenger flights any longer.
DRIVING - Hickory is located about an hour North of Charlotte, NC and is close to Interstates I-40, I-77, I-26, and I-85. GPS directions are reliable except they occasionally send people to an address on Starnes Circle. Our correct address is 531 Starnes Lane, Taylorsville, NC and is in Bethlehem, an unincorporated suburb of Hickory, NC
HOTELS - The nearest Hotels are located in Hickory, NC about 15 to 20 minutes from the stables.
Best Western 1520 13th Avenue Drive SE, Hickory, NC 28602-5183 I-40 Exit #125
Red Roof Inn 1184 Lenoir Rhyne Boulevard, I-40 at Lenoir Rhyne Boulevard, Exit #125, Hickory, NC 28602
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CAMPING - Primitive (tent or camper) camping at Foothills is free for the entire clinic. We have limited electric and water hookups for campers at no charge. No sewer blackwater dumping. Limited on-site lodging is available. Please contact Dana directly to discuss your needs if you plan to camp. There are residential showers and basic kitchen facilities on site. Weather is generally mild enough for tent camping, and there is emergency shelter available if severe thunderstorms move in.
Stabling is provided courtesy of Carolina Carriage Company located on an adjoining property
Stalls are 10' x 12' in a new well equipped 16 stall barn with restroom, wash rack and tack storage. There is no camping or hook up at the stables. Horses may be lead or ridden from the stables to the clinic arena. Stall fee is $25/ per night and day. An additional $15 per day to apply for early check in or late check out. Check in/out is 5:00 pm. Initial stall shavings will be provided.
BETHLEHEM - Is an unicorporated suburb of Hickory located North just across the Catawba River and the Alexander county line from Hickory. The nearest restaurants, general merchandise, banks, post office and grocery stores are in "downtown" Bethlehem. We have a convenience store, gas station and fast food "Bojangles" less than a half mile from the stables. Our county is "dry" so you will have to go to Catawba County to purchase wine, beer or liquor.
HICKORY - Is our "big city". There are all the usual chains, Walmarts, and "city" services within 20 minutes from the stables. Many hotels are located around Interstate 40 exits near the malls and shopping districts on the South side of town. My advice is to avoid non-chain hotels except for the upscale bed and breakfasts in Hickory. "Downtown" does have a redlight district with some pretty seedy places in higher crime areas.