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).
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?
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.