12 Places to Saddle Up in Virginia

by Casey Higgins | Posted: Mar 28, 2014 | Updated: Jan 26, 2016

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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.


Virginia Beach Horseback

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.


Marriott Ranch

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.


Shangrila Guest Ranch

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.


Primland Resort

Primland Resort

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Meg says:

And, if you’re looking for an incredible artist in Virginia who paints the horses of Virginia – Isabelle Truchon is so talented. Saw her pieces at Greenhill Winery and Salamander Resort.

Fairwood Stables 2827 Fairwood Rd. Troutdale Va.24375 Phone no. 276 783 4136. Rides on Pine mt. Mt Rogers and GraysonHighlands State Park. Wild ponies and long horn cattle and lots of beautiful scenery.

Kathie says:

Don’t forget the lovely rides at Kelly’s Ford Inn near Summerduck (& Fredericksburg).

Sherry Janney Miller says:

White Pine Horse Camp near Dismal Falls in Giles County, Virginia