Best Horseback Riding in Virginia

This list represents the most popular horseback riding in Virginia. Use this list to plan your next Virginia horseback riding trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. New River Trail State Park


Following one of the world’s oldest rivers, the spectacular New River Trail—a linear state park—explores an especially remote corner of Virginia, where the river and forest and historical mining tidbi…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia"
Galax, VA - Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Walking - 57 miles Best Trail in va - Click to view allBestBirding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Walking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#2. Mount Rogers Summit


Dispense with the suspense right off: This 5,729-foot monolith of volcanic rock—third loftiest mountain in the Southern Appalachians—is not hard to climb. Yes, you must hike 7 miles to reach it from G…
From the guidebook "Hiking Virginia"
Troutdale, VA - Hiking, Horseback Riding - 9 miles Best Trail in va - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#3. Great Falls Park


Land and history are interwoven throughout Great Falls Park—the spot where George Washington championed a canal to skirt the Potomac River’s 77-foot “great falls.” This may be metropolitan DC, but bey…
From the guidebook "Hiking Virginia"
Great Falls, VA - Climbing, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Trail Running - 5.1 miles
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#4. Virginia Creeper National Recreational Trail


Beginning atop Whitetop Mountain, this spellbinding trail zips down the wild mountainside, over wooded canyons, beside fish-filled streams, to its midway point at Damascus. Beyond town, the scenery ca…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia"
Abingdon, VA - Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Trail Running - 34.3 miles BestBirding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Trail Running Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#5. Great Falls National Park


Great Falls National Park is a natural haven for thousands of Washingtonians seeking solitude from the daily grind of gridlock and government. Trails about throughout this park on the river offering c…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking the Washington, D.C. / Baltimore Area"
McLean, VA - Climbing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking - 6.8 miles
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#6. Stephens Trail


Camp Roosevelt opened in 1933 as America’s first Civilian Conservation Corps camp. Living in tents and earning $30 a week, unemployed men built the roads, campgrounds, picnic shelters, and fire towers…
From the guidebook "Hiking Virginia"
Edinburg, VA - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking - 8.5 miles
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#7. First Landing State Park


The ultimate surf-and-turf park, First Landing State Park is great for a tan—and far less crowded than the Atlantic beaches a few miles south. The “surf ” is the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, where it…
From the guidebook "Hiking Virginia"
Virginia Beach, VA - Birding, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Trail Running - 6.5 miles
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#8. Fridley Gap


Some days, you can hike for miles and feel like you never left the parking lot. Other times, it can feel like you walked through four different worlds in a single afternoon. Thankfully, you’ll find Fr…
From the guidebook "Hiking Virginia"
Shenandoah, VA - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking - 9.4 miles
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#9. G. Richard Thompson Wildlife Management Area


Virginia’s Department of Game & Inland Fisheries oversees thirty wildlife management areas around the state with the hunter and angler in mind. Fields are kept clear to attract grazing animals, and se…
From the guidebook "Hiking Virginia"
Linden, VA - Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding - 2-4.3 miles
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#10. Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park


Beginning amid the capital’s suburban sprawl, the ever popular W&OD Trail heads west through Virginia’s fabled green countryside, sprinkled with horse farms, pastures, little towns, and burbling creek…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia"
Arlington, VA - Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Rail-Trails, Road Biking, Trail Running - 45.5 miles
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#11. Pine Mountain Trail


Pine Mountain Trail traces a razor’s edge along the Virginia-Kentucky border. You’re walking a geological fault line known as an overthrust plate—a chunk of the earth’s crust that buckled, broke, and…
From the guidebook "Hiking Virginia"
Pound, VA - Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking - 15.7 miles
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#12. Crawfish/Channel Rock


Originating in the flat bottomland and old fields of Crawfish Valley, the Crawfish–Channel Rock Trail ascends Brushy Mountain on steep, narrow footpaths to run northeast parallel to Walker Mountain. E…
From the guidebook "Hiking Virginia"
Rural Retreat, VA - Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking - 11.2 miles
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#13. Little Wilson Creek Wilderness


Most hikers enter Little Wilson Creek Wilderness on trails out of Grayson Highlands State Park. Scales, an area named for the livestock scales once located here, makes a great alternate starting point…
From the guidebook "Hiking Virginia"
Troutdale, VA - Hiking, Horseback Riding - 7.6 miles
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#14. Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge


Every spring and fall, millions of birds migrate between cold, northern environs and temperate and tropical homes in Central and South America. En route, their needs are simple: an occasional place to…
From the guidebook "Hiking Virginia"
Chincoteague Island, VA - Birding, Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding - 7.5-25 miles
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#15. Spec Mines


This ride's general location is 15 miles southwest of Buchanan and just south of Black Horse Gap on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Scenery includes forest roads surrounded by dense woods and awesome views fr…
From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! Virginia"
Buchanan, VA - Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking - 21 miles
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#16. York River State Park


The worm-eating warbler, common to Virginia’s Blue Ridge province, is also found in the coastal environment of York River State Park. After walking through the park’s forests, thick with mountain laur…
From the guidebook "Hiking Virginia"
Williamsburg, VA - Hiking, Horseback Riding - 7.7 miles
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#17. Belle Isle State Park


Since colonial times, farmers have tilled the fields of Belle Isle; parts of this state park are farmed even today. Bird watchers, hikers, horseback riders, and cyclists in the mood for wide-open spac…
From the guidebook "Hiking Virginia"
Lancaster, VA - Birding, Hiking, Horseback Riding - 3.3 miles
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#18. Flat Top Mountain


This ride's general location is 25 miles north of Wytheville. Scenery includes endless groves of dense rhododendron. Despite the name of this loop and the mountain it traverses, there's nothing flat a…
From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! Virginia"
Wytheville, VA - Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking - 12 miles
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#19. Deerfield Horse Trail


This ride's general location is 25 miles west of Staunton. Scenery includes spectacular views from the Breastworks and along the ridge. This loop lies on the western edge of Shenandoah Valley at the…
From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! Virginia"
Staunton, VA - Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking - 18 miles
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#20. Feathercamp Ridge


If Mount Rogers’s summit is the heart, Iron Mountain is the backbone of southwest Virginia’s mountain playground. Its breadth, 80 miles from the Tennessee-Virginia state line to the New River, makes i…
From the guidebook "Hiking Virginia"
Damascus, VA - Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking - 8.1 miles
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