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, offering nice vistas and wildlife viewing opportunities.
Directions: From Bridgewater, take US 42 about 3 miles south to Mossy Creek. Take SR 747 west for 3 miles. At Mt. Solon, take SR 731 north for 1 mile. Turn left and take SR 730 west for 3 miles to the Stokesville junction. Turn right on SR 718 and proceed north 1 mile to FDR 95. The horseback riding trailhead parking area is about .2 mile ahead on the right.
Overall, Wild Oak Trail is the 13th most popular horse trail of all 35 horseback rides in Virginia.