The vantage point is a little different and the experience is entirely different from the back of a horse. Saddle up and explore Virginia’s countryside and seaside with these unique trail riding opportunities.
Offering the only service of its kind in Virginia and seemingly, the country, Virginia Beach Horseback invites you to the Virginia Beach oceanfront for a horseback ride on the sand (fall through spring). Corralled at 31st Street, come down between noon and 6:30 p.m. until May for a ride down to the pier and back. From June through September, try their new Summer Trail Rides Tuesday through Saturday at 1252 Oceana Boulevard. All riders are prepped on how to control the horses; no experience required. Rates from $50 to $150. Reservations are required.
The 4,200-acre working cattle farm known as Marriott Ranch is located in Hume, not far from Washington, D.C. Make a reservation for their popular 90-minute guided trail ride offered every day except Monday or take advantage of their special rides and overnight packages, such as the City Slicker package that includes horsemanship skills, cattle handling techniques, meals, and overnight at The Inn at Fairfield Farm (from $385/person). Or perhaps the Dinner Ride of a 90-minute trail ride and a cowboy steak dinner ($99/person) sounds nice? Additional rides include day-long rides, river and mountain rides, and cattle drives.
In South Boston you’ll find tucked away the Shangrila Guest Ranch, an all-inclusive horseback riding destination. Couples and families alike will appreciate the variety of accommodations (a three-bedroom homeplace, a sweet little log cabin, or the packhouse lodge). The ranchers at Shangrila will also work with you for corporate retreats at The Rusty Spur, and there are special Cowgirl Retreat Weeks that may be perfect for a bridal or reunion retreat. If you don’t have long to stay and play, reserve your spot for an hour-long ride or the full day; they’re happy to oblige. Rates from $40/hr for a trail ride to $125/person for a daytime excursion with lunch. Inquire for lodging rates and other opportunities.
Additional Places to Saddle Up:
- Primland Resort, Meadows of Dan
- Salamander Resort & Spa Equestrian Center, Middleburg
- Royal Horseshoe Farm in Front Royal
- Skyland Stables in Shenandoah National Park (pony rides for kids, too)
- North Mountain Outfitter Inc. in Swoope
- New River Trail State Park in Foster Falls
- Mountaintop Ranch Wilderness Horseback Trail Rides, Elkton
- Winterfrost Farms Ride-a-Rescue Trail Rides, Radford
- Fort Valley Ranch, Fort Valley