Iron Mountain Horseback Riding

The 3rd most popular equestrian trail in Virginia.

Northeast of Damascus in the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, the Iron Mountain Trail is a 22 mile horseback ride traversing Iron Mountain plateau through thick meadows of wildflowers and old growth hemlocks. This scenic bridel trail was an old stretch of the Appalachian Trail and runs through dense oak and birch forest with plenty of rhododendrons.

The western trailhead is just a half mile east of Damascus at the end of FS4038. The horseback riding route runs northeast to SR600 at Skulls Gap. There is a newer section which extends the trail northeast towards Hurricane Gap, west of Troutdale.

Overall, Iron Mountain is the 3rd most popular horse trail of all 35 horseback rides in Virginia.

Iron Mountain Horseback Riding Map

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Local Contact(s):  Mount Rogers National Recreation Area (540) 783-5196; Jefferson National Forest (703) 228-5551; Virginia Tourism (800) 847-4882; Virginia Horse Council (804) 449-6243.

Recommended Book:  "Mount Rogers Recreation Handbook" from Johnny Molloy

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  NFS Hurricane Ridge CG

Luxury Loding:  Apple Tree B&B, Damascus; Enchanted Lodge, Whitetop; Buchanan Inn, Green Cove

Breakfast Restaurant:  Dots Inn Cafe, Damascus; Sugar Grove, Diner

Reference Source:  click here http://www.fs.usda.gov/gwj/

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Date Updated:  7/5/2016

ID:  13871

Iron Mountain Horseback Riding Map

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