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Virginia Horse Trails
Charlottesville Horse Trails

Take Your Horse For A Trail Ride

Trail Riding In Charlottesville

State law requires that visitors carry a copy of a current negative Coggins report with each horse brought to a state park.

Holliday Lake State Park

The trail connects to a 10.2-mile loop in the Appomattox-Buckingham State Forest for hikers, bicycle riders and horseback riders. 2759 State Park Rd., Appomattox, VA 24522; Phone: 434-248-6308; Email:

Bear Creek Lake and Cumberland State Forest

The park is about 4.5 miles northwest of the town of Cumberland. From U.S. Route 60, go west on Route 622 and south on Route 629 to the park entrance.

Pocahontas State Park

The park has more than 80 miles of trails throughout 7,925 acres open to hiking, bicycling and horseback riding. In Chesterfield County, about 20 miles from Richmond. It’s easily accessible from Interstate 95, Route 288 and Route 360. 10301 State Park Road, Chesterfield, VA 23832

James River State Park

Located in Gladstone, the park has 15 miles of multi-use trails for hiking, biking and bridle use. 104 Green Hill Dr., Gladstone, VA 24553; Phone: 434-933-4355; Email:

Prince Edward-Gallion State Forest

Horses are permitted on the Prince Edward-Gallion Multi-Use Trail. The eight-mile Prince Edward-Gallion Multi-Use Trail can be accessed from a parking area near Stony Knoll House on Route 689. The trail is closed except on Sundays from early November through mid-January due to heavy use by hunters.

Pleasant Grove Heritage Trail

Located in Richmond, this 400-acre park with everything from disc golf to horseback-riding trails, from a fishing pier to nearly 2 miles of hiking trails. Dorey Park features approximately five miles of trails designed for horseback riding. 2999 Darbytown Road, Richmond, VA 23231 | (804) 501-7275

Graves Mountain Lodge

You will find Graves Mountain Lodge nestled deep in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains near the end of the road in Syria, Virginia. Call 540-923-4231 to book horse rides

The Raymond R. “Andy” Guest Jr. Shenandoah River State Park

Plenty of riding trails and be sure to bring a copy of your negative Coggins report.

State Arboretum of Virginia, Blandy Experimental Farm

Bring your horse and explore the Arboretum on horseback on a 7.5-mile gently rolling trail. The park is in Warren County, eight miles south of Front Royal and 15 miles north of Luray. It’s off Rt. 340 in Bentonville. Its address is 350 Daughter of Stars Drive, Bentonville, VA 22610

Fort Valley Stables

>Horse and mule campgrounds. Guided horseback trail rides. (540) 933-6633 • 299 S Fort Valley Rd, Fort Valley, VA

Royal Horseshoe Farm

Scenic Trail Rides are offered year-round. Trails pass through the Shenandoah Valley’s history rich meadows, woods, and hills. 509 Morgan Ford Rd
Front Royal, VA 22630-9355; (540) 636-6375

Shenandoah National Park

Spring through fall, you may arrange for a guided trail ride leaving from Skyland. Shenandoah National Park offers over 180 miles of trails open to horse use. Some of these trails are relatively smooth, wide, gravel paths, while others are steep, narrow, rocky mountain trails that will challenge the experienced horse and rider. Information Line: (540) 999-3500

George Washington and Jefferson National Forests

Horse Riding is Allowed on:oOpen forest roads, on many forest roads that are gated to prevent motor vehicle travel,on more than 1,290 miles of trails on the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests. 5162 Valleypointe Parkway
Roanoke, VA 24019; 540-265-5100; Open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed Saturday, Sunday, and all federal holidays.

North Mountain Outfitter

All riding is on mountain trails and can include an overnight experience. 709 North Mountain Road, Swoope, Virginia 24479; 540.886.7768; 1.866.481.4400

Graves Mountain Lodge

You will find Graves Mountain Lodge nestled deep in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains near the end of the road in Syria, Virginia. Call 540-923-4231 to book horse rides

Washington and Old Dominion Regional Park

The 100-foot-wide W&OD has been called “the skinniest park in Virginia.” But it is also one of the longest parks, 45 miles of paved trail for walking, running, bicycling and skating and 32 miles of adjacent gravel trail for horseback riding.

Blue Ridge Lane Farm

Exclusive trail riding and carriage packages year round. 540 547-2973.

Bull Run Regional Park

p class="lead">Designated in 2006 as a National Recreation Trail, the Bull Run-Occoquan Trail invites hikers and horseback riders to discover more than 4,000 acres of scenic woodlands

Sky Meadows State Park

The park has more than 17 miles of hiking trails and horse trails. 11012 Edmonds Ln., Delaplane, VA 20144; Phone: 540-592-3556; Email:

Fountainhead Regional Park

Fountainhead Regional Park features a 2.25 mile looped Nature trail (White Blazes), the trailhead for access to the Bull Run Occoquan Trail (Blue Blazes), as well as shared use Equestrian/ Hiking Trails (Horse-Shoe Blazes). To reach Fountainhead, take I-95 south of the Beltway, exit at Occoquan and travel north on Rt. 123 approximately 5 miles. Turn left onto Hampton Road and drive 3 miles to the entrance on the left.

Pohick Bay

Horses are restricted to the red trails which total about 3.3. miles. 6501 Pohick Bay Drive Lorton, VA 22079; T: 703-339-6104

Tamarack Stables

Offers trail rides on wooded trails along Pohick Creek. 9905 Old Colchester Road, Lorton, VA 22079; P: 703-339-5160;

Manassas National Battlefield Park

MNBP has approximately 21 miles of designated trails for horseback riding. Bring your horses and stay on the trails.