Maps, etc. for Riding Locations.
The Northern Virginia area has tremendous riding opportunities. Many
county and state parks have equestrian trails that can be reached with
a short trailer ride; other locations will require longer trailering
objective for this section is to provide as much information on as many
locations as we can. We will provide a map when available (in some cases
there will be a link to another site) and information as to difficulty
of the trails, type and length of trails, any special rules you need
to know, any particular problems you may encounter, etc.
let us know about any inaccuracies you find or any additional information
you may feel will be a help to other riders. If you have a favorite
site, let us know and we will try and include it.
PLEASE CLEAN UP AFTER YOUR HORSE AROUND YOUR TRAILER AT ALL LOCATIONS.
doesn't matter if it is a paved or grassy parking lot, leaving manure
behind is a really good way for equestrians to lose riding privileges.
The following trails have
been used frequently by CHS members. Many have been used for CHS organized
National Battlefield Park
Located at the intersection of Routes 29/234 near Manassas, VA. The
Battlefield is a great place to ride with approximately 20 miles of
trails and access to the trails in Bull Run Regional Park (by going
under I-66). NOTE: You must have a PARK PASS to ride the trails (passes
can be purchased at the Visitor Center.). Maps are available from the
Visitor Center off Route 234, and there is a fee to use the trails.
There are two designated parking lots for horse trailers. Trails are
well marked, mostly flat and well maintained. Riders must stay on the
trails and be alert to hikers with dogs and small children. To do the
entire trail system riders have to cross Route 29 and/or Route 234.
There are streams to cross (after heavy rains, some can be difficult
to cross), wooded areas, open areas, and a few highways to cross on
some of the loops. An excellent map of the park showing the equestrian
trails, trailer parking, etc. is available at http://battlefieldequestriansociety.org/maps/Horsetrails2.pdf
Located on Hampton Road, off Route 123 North of Lorton, VA. Maps are
available from Clifton Horse Society and there is no fee to ride the
horse trails. Parking is about two miles in from the entrance and is
asphalt. The trails run along the Occoquan River. They pass through
majestic mature forests, over picturesque creeks, and through large
stands of rhododendron. The main parking lot in the
park is open year around. Restrooms and picnic tables are available.
here for a map of the equestrian trails
Run Regional Park
Located at the end of Bull Run Road off of Route 29 South of Centreville,
VA. There is no fee to enter the park for residents of Fairfax, Loudoun
and Arlington counties, cities of Alexandria, Clifton, Vienna, Falls
Church. Sometimes on the weekends the park does collect a small entrance
fee from other locations. There is a designated horse trailer parking
lot about ½ mile after an immediate left turn after you pass
the Gate House. (Look for the kiosk at the parking area). The trails
are about 8 miles in length and are flat and well maintained. Be prepared
to encounter hikers with children and dogs. The trails are well marked
with painted blazes. For those adventurous riders, you can cross Bull
Run on the Colonial Pipeline, ride under Route 66 and enter Manassas
Battlefield Park trails (remember, though, you still need a pass to
ride at the Battlefield). Bull Run Park is Mile Zero or Mile 18 (depending
on where you begin/end) of the blue-blazed Bull Run-Occoquan Trail.
The park is open year round, but caution has to be taken when riding
mid-November to early January as the park hosts The Fesitival of Lights
for the holidays. Please stay on the designated horse trails. (Click
here for a map and information regarding riding the trails at Bull Run
Shenandoah River State Park
Located off Route 340 north of Luray, VA. Maps are available at the
entrance. There is a small fee to enter the park, payable at the entrance
gate. There is a designated horse trailer parking lot about ½
mile in from the entrance on the left. The trails are about 8 miles
in length and are well marked. The trails are flat to slightly hilly
and well maintained. They are multi-use trails. The park is open year
Pohick Bay Regional Park
Located off Gunston Road near Lorton, VA. Maps are available from
Clifton Horse Society. There is no fee to enter the park for residents
of Fairfax, Loudoun and Arlington counties; all others may have to pay
a $4.50 per vehicle day rate. Approximately 10 miles of well-marked
and well-maintained trails. Trails range from flat to rolling hills.
The trail along the Bay may reveal eagles and other wildlife. The park
is open all year. For a map of the equestrian trails, check out the
website for Mason Neck Horse Coalition (MNHC) - http://members.aol.com/_ht_a/brianp8592/index.html.
Great Falls Park
Located off Georgetown Pike north of the Capital Beltway near the American
Legion Bridge. Maps are available at the entrance or at the Visitor
Center. There is a small fee to enter the park, payable at the gate
(unless you have a Golden Age Pass). There is a designated horse trailer
parking lot about ½ mile in from the entrance on the right. The
trails are about 4 or 5 miles in length, but riders can follow the River
Trail upstream to Riverbend Park and back. They are multi-use trails.
The park is open all year. For a copy of the map visit http://www.nps.gov/archive/gwmp/grfa/trails/index.htm
Lake Anna State Park
Located in Spotsylvania, VA. Maps are available at the entrance. There
is a small fee to enter the park. There is a designated horse trailer
parking lot straight in from the entrance and on your left. The park
has 10 miles designated as shared, multiple-use trails for hiking, biking
and horseback riding. They pass over moderate terrain through mixed
hardwood and pine forest. Trails range from easy to more difficult and
are well marked. The park is open all year.
James River State Park
Located in Buckingham, VA. Maps are available at the entrance. There
is a small fee to enter the park. There is a designated horse trailer
parking lot, check with the ranger as to location. The park has about
18 miles of trails that are very well marked and very well maintained
and are flat to rolling hills. They have horse camping accommodations
as well for individuals or groups.
Located in Syria, VA. Maps are available on their website or from Clifton
Horse Society. There is a small fee to park your horse trailer for the
day or you can camp or stay at the lodge and keep your horse at the
barn. The trails are endless. There are some flat, less rocky trails
available, but generally it is mountain riding. You can ride for an
hour or all day. It is closed from Thanksgiving to March.
Located at southern end of the Shenandoah Valley near Edinburgh. On
camp property there is a series of wooded trails that offers one or
more hours of easy riding. There are some rocky areas that are not too
bad, but generally most trails are very rocky and many steep. If horse
is barefoot, recommend trail boots. The trails are well marked with
paint blazed on the trees, and a color-coordinated map is provided.
There are other trails that are more challenging. There is a small day-use
fee or you can camp with your horse for one night or a week.
Conway Robinson State Forest (Note: Google Conway Robinson State
Forest Trails Map)
(Note: Put cursor on "The Arboretum" button for drop
down menu, then click on Trails & Brochures for information and
a copy of the trail map. Please note the directions for people coming
with horse trailers)
P. O. Box 183, Clifton, VA 20124