Horseback RidingHorseback riding has never been so scenic. West Virginia is known for its network of stunning trails, many of which are equipped for those who prefer to explore on horseback. Whether you are looking for an easy-going hour on the saddle or an overnight trip to camp under the stars, there is an outfitter and trail for you. Saddle up and find your version of heaven in West Virginia.
Almost Heaven on Horseback
Camp Creek State Park and Forest
Experience the southern part of the state on a trusty steed. Camp Creek State Park and Forest has over 30 miles of trails in a lush landscape for you to explore. Be on the lookout for West Virginia wildlife like turkeys and cardinals. Extend your trip with an overnight stay, camping among the stars.
New River Gorge National Park
Explore America's newest national park with a horseback riding tour through Equestrian Adventures. As the oldest outfitter in the area, this company is prepared to show you the ins and outs of the many scenic trails in the gorge. Choose from half day adventures to full day excursions. All experience levels are welcome!
Oglebay Resort and Conference Center
Serious about riding? Oglebay Resort and Conference Center offers private lessons for those wishing to hone their skills. Learn to ride English or Western in both indoor and outdoor arenas. Children will enjoy the opportunity to ride ponies, where it's suitable for ages 2 and up.
The Canaan Valley may be known for breathtaking waterfalls and extreme winter sports but there's one more thing this area has perfected - horseback riding. Book an afternoon with Mountain Trail Rides and take in scenic vista views of the valley. Beginners and experienced riders alike enjoy all this area has to offer.
Know Before You Go
It's best to be prepared, which is why the Mountain State compiled a list of gear best suited for your horseback riding adventure. Always be sure to research the area to find what specific gear is needed or required. If you're uncertain or need more information, travelers are encouraged to call local businesses before making arrangements. Here is a helpful list of the basics to get you started:
- Close toed shoes
- Long pants to protect from brush
- A loose fitting shirt that does not restrict movement
- Gloves and a jacket in the winter
- Sunscreen and a hat in the summer
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