Shenandoah National Park Horseback Riding

The 5th most popular equestrian trail in Virginia.

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The 196,000 acre Shenandoah National Park has 150 miles of well-maintained trails open to horseback riding. These trails are blazed in yellow and pass through deep canyons, over panoramic ridges and through dense forests. The best trails are the Rose River Trail, the Compton Trail and the Mount Marshall Trail.

There are no campgrounds or stables in the National Park. Backcountry horse camping is allowed with a permit. Keep an eye out for bears and bobcats.

The best trails are the Rose River Fire Road Trail, The Compton Gap Trail, and the Mount Marshall Trail. Parking for the Rose River Fire Road is a grassy field located across from the Byrd Visitor Center in the central district of the park. Parking for the Compton Gap Trail is located at mile marker 10.4 from the Front Royal (North) Entrance station at state route 340.

Overall, Shenandoah National Park is the 5th most popular horse trail of all 35 horseback rides in Virginia.


Local Contact(s):  Shenandoah National Park (540) 999-3500; Virginia Tourism (800) 847-4882.

Recommended Book:  "Hiking Shenandoah National Park" from Bert Gildart

Recommended Map:  "Shenandoah National Park" from Trails Illustrated

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Lewis Mountain Campground; Corbin Cabin (703) 242-0693

Luxury Loding:  Skyland Lodge; Big Meadows Lodge

Reference Source:  click here

GPS:  38.5166, -78.4376

Date Published:  3/16/2016

Date Updated:  7/7/2016

ID:  15229


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