• Visitors bask in a golden sunset at Dickey Ridge Visitor Center in Shenandoah National Park

    Shenandoah

    National Park Virginia

Horse Packing Trips

 

Due to the steep and rugged terrain, the need to pack in all feed, and the lack of designated campsites, backcountry camping with horses within the boundaries of Shenandoah National Park is very difficult. Fortunately, SNP trails go through some adjacent public lands which have camping areas suitable for an overnight stay with horses. Below are two one-night trips starting and traveling mostly within SNP, but camping in Rapidan Wildlife Management Areas. Rapidan Wildlife Management Areas are administered by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF).

Overnight Horse Trips
Miles Trip Title Description
14.0 Slaughter Ridge and Conway River Horse packing trip, camping in a Rapidan Wildlife Management Area
22.9 Rapidan, Fork Mountain & Rose River Horse packing circuit, camping in a Rapidan Wildlife Management Area

For more information about trail riding in the park or if you are hoping to stay overnight in or near the park with your horses click here.

Be sure to read the Shenandoah National Park Horse Use Regulations before your visit.

Did You Know?

Herbert and Lou Henry Hoover sitting on the porch of the Brown House at Rapidan Camp in Shenandoah National Park.

In 1928, wanting to escape the heat and humidity of summers in Washington, D.C., Herbert and Lou Henry Hoover began looking for a "summer place" within a day's drive of the city. The Hoovers acquired land within the proposed Shenandoah National Park and built Rapidan Camp, their summer White House.