Fore Mountain Horseback Riding

The 19th most popular equestrian trail in Virginia.

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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. The Fore Mountain Trail begins at the Dolly Anne Work Center, just off US 60 east of Covington and ends near Douthat State Park, where it becomes the Middle Mountain Trail and continues north another 5.5 miles to FDR 125.

Overall, Fore Mountain is the 19th most popular horse trail of all 35 horseback rides in Virginia. Several of the better horse trails are nearby Fore Mountain including Cumberland Mountain Trail, Shenandoah Mountain Horse Trail System, Allegheny Trail, North Mountain, Signal Knob Loop and Glenwood Horse TrailPoverty Creek Trail.


Local Contact(s):  George Washington National Forest (540) 265-5100; Virginia Tourism (800) 847-4882.

Best Season:  May - Sept.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Reference Source:  click here

GPS:  37.7781, -79.96368

Date Published:  3/16/2016

Date Updated:  7/6/2016

ID:  14660


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