Horseback Riding & Wild Ponies in Damascus, VA
You can hitch a ride on a domesticated horse from a nearby stable, or go for a walk to spy one of the wild ponies of Grayson Highlands.
For a fun and unique way to explore Trail Town USA, consider a guided horseback riding trip, or set forth on your own to see all that Damascus and the surrounding region have to offer.
According to VisitDamascus.org, the two most popular spots for trail riders in the Damascus area are:
The Mount Rogers National Recreation Area
The Mount Rogers National Recreation Area offers outstanding opportunities for horseback riding, including over 200 miles of trail open to equestrians. With the exception of the Appalachian Trail (marked with white painted blazes) and a few others (clearly marked), all trails in the NRA are open to horses.
Virginia Highlands Horse Trail
The Virginia Highlands Horse Trail (orange paint blazes) stretches for over 67 miles from Highway 600 at Elk Garden to Route 94 not far from Ivanhoe, Virginia. This trail traverses the fragile and beautiful High Country of the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area.
Wild Ponies in Grayson Highlands State Park
Also, you won’t want to miss a sight unique to our area — wild ponies! More than 100 wild ponies roam wild within Mount Rogers National Recreation Area and neighboring Grayson Highlands State Park.
There also are a variety of horse camps throughout our region. To learn more about horseback riding options, and the rules of the trails for riders