Cumberland Mountain Trail Horseback Riding

The 6th most popular equestrian trail in Virginia.

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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. This solitude is much sought after by the horseriders who frequent the trail. The Forest Service has trailhead parking for horse trailers at Forest Service Road 616 at Mullins Pond and also at Counts Cabin approximately 1 mile east of Blowing Rock on State Route 611. The Forest Service has a volunteer agreement with the Cumberland Mountain Trail Riding Club in Clintwood, Virginia to assist in the maintenance of this trail.

Directions: Access points to the trail exist off U.S. 23 at Pound Gap (on FS201), and State Route 630 in Wise. Access points in Dickenson County are off Forest Service road 616 and State route 611. There are at least 7 access points to the trail off State Routes 630 and 611.

Overall, Cumberland Mountain Trail is the 6th most popular horse trail of all 35 horseback rides in Virginia. Several of the better horse trails are nearby Cumberland Mountain Trail including Shenandoah Mountain Horse Trail System, Allegheny Trail, North Mountain, Signal Knob Loop, Glenwood Horse Trail and Dry Run Trail.


Local Contact(s):  George Washington National Forest (540) 265-5100; Virginia Tourism (800) 847-4882; Virginia Horse Council (804) 449-6243; Local Trail Riders Assoc. (540) 926-6964.

Best Season:  May - Sept.

Average Difficulty:  Difficult

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Article Source:   Best Cumberland Mountain Trail Horseback Riding Review

Date Published:  3/16/2016

Date Updated:  8/18/2016

ID:  14646

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