Located in Virginia, the horseback riding in George Washington Forest offers over ten good horse trail destinations. The best George Washington Forest horseback riding based on popularity are considered to be Shenandoah Mountain Horse Trail System, Cumberland Mountain Trail, North Mountain, Glenwood Horse Trail, and Signal Knob Loop. For a detailed trail description and printable trailhead map, just select a George Washington Forest horseback riding trail below.
Near Wise in the George Washington National Forest, the Cumberland Mountain Trail is a 26 mile route from Pound Gap in the south to Breaks Interstate Park in the north. Many scenic overlooks are located along the trail in the form of natural openings and large rock outcrops. These overlooks provide views of Virginia and Kentucky. Viewing is especially spectacular during Fall Foliage. Pine Mountain is relatively isolated, having only one access road suitable for vehicular travel.
Southwest of Front Royal in the George Washington National Forest, the Signal Knob Loop is a steep 10 mile horseback riding route leading to a civil war outpost. The loop is composed of four trails: Signal Knob Trail (yellow blaze), Massanutten Mountain West Trail (orange blaze), Bear Wallow Trail (blue Blaze), and the Bear Wallow Spur Trail (white blaze). The trailhead is at the Bear Wallow/Signal Knob parking lot.
Northwest of Lynchburg and east of Natural Bridge in the George Washington National Forest, the Glenwood Horse Trail is a long distance trail served by four trailheads. The four main trailheads include Bearwallow Gap, Hunting Creek Horse Trailhead, Hellgate Creek Horse Trailhead and Day Creek Horse Trailhead.
Near Pearisburg in the George Washington National Forest, the White Pines Horse Camp has miles of orange-blazed horse trails to explore. Keep in mind that no horses are allowed on the nearby white-blazed Appalachian Trail.
East of Covington in the George Washington National Forest, the Fore Mountain Trail is a 15 mile horseback ride through upland hardwoods and pines that are typical of high elevation forests of the Allegheny Mountains. A variety of wildlife including white tail deer, turkey, grouse, squirrel, and an occassional black bear may be seen along this trail. Horseback riders following this winding trail will enjoy several nice views as they travel through stands of hardwoods.
Northeast of Covington in the George Washington National Forest, the Dry Run Trail is a 9-mile horseback riding trail offering excellent vistas and wildlife viewing opportunities as it passes near Big Knob, the highest point in Allegheny County. The horse trail begins at the end of Cyprus Street in Covington.
Southwest of Harrisonburg in the George Washington National Forest, the Wild Oak National Recreation Trail is a 26 mile horseback riding loop following ridgetops encircling the North River headwaters. Each of its three sections offers a vigorous but scenic ride. Elevations range from a low of 1,600 feet at North River Gap to 4,351 feet on Little Bald Knob.