Northeast of Roanoke and southeast of Natural Bridge Station in the Jefferson National Forest, the Sulphur Spring Trail is a 6.6 mile one-way route open to horseback riding.
The Sulphur Spring Trail climbs steadily for 2.9 miles to the junction with the Appalachian Trail. Just past the AT junction, the Piney Ridge Trail intersects on the right. At the 6.6 mile point, the trail ends at the start of the Balcony Falls Trail.
To reach the trailhead from SR130 at Natural Bridge Station, turn south on SR759. Go 3.2 miles and turn east (left) on SR781. At 1.5 miles pavement ends and at 1.8 miles road designation changes to FS35. Note: There is limited trailhead parking with room for only 3 or 4 cars.
Overall, Sulphur Spring Trail is the 31st most popular horse trail of all 35 horseback rides in Virginia.