Best Virginia Horse Trails

Virginia has 35 horseback rides.

Located in the US, the horseback riding in Virginia offers over thirty horseback riding trail routes from which to choose. The best Virginia horseback riding based on popularity are considered to be Virginia Highlands Horse Trail, Virgina Creeper Trail, Iron Mountain, Shenandoah Mountain Horse Trail System, and Shenandoah National Park. For a detailed trail description and printable trailhead map, just select a Virginia horseback riding trail below.

Featured HORSE TRAILS

Virgina Creeper Trail

Near Damascus in the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, the Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail is a 33.4 mile bridleway along an old rail bed from Abingdon in the west to just past Whitetop Station in the east. Much of the horseback riding route winds through the southern mountains of the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. The pathway has a gentle climb and the surface is crushed limestone.  MORE INFO

Iron Mountain

Northeast of Damascus in the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, the Iron Mountain Trail is a 22 mile horseback ride traversing Iron Mountain plateau through thick meadows of wildflowers and old growth hemlocks. This scenic bridle trail was an old stretch of the Appalachian Trail and runs through dense oak and birch forest with plenty of rhododendrons.  MORE INFO

Signal Knob Loop

Southwest of Front Royal in the George Washington National Forest, the Signal Knob Loop is a steep 10 mile horseback riding route leading to a civil war outpost. The loop is composed of four trails: Signal Knob Trail (yellow blaze), Massanutten Mountain West Trail (orange blaze), Bear Wallow Trail (blue Blaze), and the Bear Wallow Spur Trail (white blaze). The trailhead is at the Bear Wallow/Signal Knob parking lot.  MORE INFO

Cumberland Mountain Trail

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.  MORE INFO

Shenandoah National Park

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 horse trails are the Rose River Trail, the Compton Trail and the Mount Marshall Trail.  MORE INFO

New River Trail State Park

The New River Trail stretches 57 miles for horseback riding from Galax to Pulaski along the namesake river. This is a 57-mile long state park that follows an abandoned railroad right-of-way. There are several entrances into this park. The park meanders through Grayson, Carroll, Wythe and Pulaski counties in southwestern Virginia and parallels the scenic and historic New River for 39 miles. This park is part of the Rails to Trails Program as it was donated to the state by Norfolk Southern Railroad when the railroad discontinued the line and removed the tracks.  MORE INFO

Glenwood Horse Trail

Northwest of Lynchburg and east of Natural Bridge in the George Washington National Forest, the Glenwood Horse Trail is a long distance trail served by four trailheads. The four main trailheads include Bearwallow Gap, Hunting Creek Horse Trailhead, Hellgate Creek Horse Trailhead and Day Creek Horse Trailhead.  MORE INFO

Lake Anna State Park

Northwest of Richmond near Spotsylvania, the Lake Anna State Park has 12 miles of multi-use trails open to horseback riding. The horse trail rolls through moderate terrain of mixed hardwood and pine forest.  MORE INFO

Balcony Falls Trail

Northeast of Roanoke and southeast of Natural Bridge Station in the Jefferson National Forest, the Balcony Falls Trail is a 4.1 mile one-way route open to horseback riding. The Balcony Falls Trail climbs from an elevation of 800 feet up to 2,250 feet. The route starts on an old logging road for 1.2 miles. Then, the trail climbs via switchbacks through mixed pines and hardwoods.  MORE INFO

Laurel Fork Trail

North of Wise near Pound in the Jefferson National Forest, the Laurel Fork Trail is a 20 mile horseback ride along an old railroad grade that crosses Laurel Fork Creek several times. The trail begins near the parking lot and follows the lake shore and stream before crossing a steep ridge. The trail ends at Laurel Fork Primitive Campsite.  MORE INFO

Fore Mountain

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.  MORE INFO

Dry Run Trail

Northeast of Covington in the George Washington National Forest, the Dry Run Trail is a 9-mile horseback riding trail offering excellent vistas and wildlife viewing opportunities as it passes near Big Knob, the highest point in Allegheny County. The horse trail begins at the end of Cyprus Street in Covington.  MORE INFO

Wild Oak Trail

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.  MORE INFO

Tract Fork Trail

Located 13 miles northeast of Wytheville in the Jefferson National Forest, the Tract Fork Trail is a wide horseback riding trail along Tract Fork Creek. The yellow-blazed trail runs 4 mile one-way between trailheads at Tract Mountain and Walker Mountain. A nice side trail is the orange-blazed Polecat Trail.  MORE INFO

White Pines

Near Pearisburg in the George Washington National Forest, the White Pines Horse Camp has miles of orange-blazed horse trails to explore. Keep in mind that no horses are allowed on the nearby white-blazed Appalachian Trail.  MORE INFO

Piney Ridge Trail

Northeast of Roanoke and northwest of Big Island in the Jefferson National Forest, the Piney Ridge Trail is a 3.5 mile one-way route open to horseback riding. The Piney Ridge Trail climbs from 900 feet up to 2,450 feet to where it ends at the Sulphur Spring Trail.  MORE INFO

High Bridge Trail State Park

Southwest of Richmond near Farmville, the High Bridge Trail State Park is a multi-use trail ideally suited for horseback riding. Its centerpiece is the majestic High Bridge, which is more than 2,400 feet long and 160 feet above the Appomattox River. The bridge was built in 1853 as part of the South Side Railroad. Since this is a multi-use trail, make sure to keep an eye out for other users while riding.  MORE INFO

Prince Edward-Gallion State Forest

Near Green Bay in the Prince Edward-Gallion State Forest, the Prince Edward Gallion Multi-Use Trail is an eight mile one-way route open to horseback riding. The horse trails are blazed in blue as it rolls through oak and hickory forests.  MORE INFO

Sulphur Spring Trail

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.  MORE INFO