Horseback Riding

Horses with riders follow along in a line across a river bed.
Horseback riders enjoy the variety of equestrian trails in the Big South Fork.



Horseback Riding Trail Guide: View Big South Fork's equestrian trail details. [111 kb PDF]


Horseback riding has become one of the most popular activities at Big South Fork. To provide access to many of the area's scenic features, there are over 212 miles of horse trails available throughout the Big South Fork. These horse trails are all signed and marked with a red blaze. The trails vary in both length and degree of difficulty. They range from short, easy day rides to long and strenuous loops that may take several days to complete. Due to the extensive network of trails, horseback riders are advised to purchase a Trails Illustrated map from either of the park visitor centers, Eastern National, a park concessionaire, or local area businesses.

Big South Fork has developed a new trail map depicting the authorized trail system as it currently exists on the ground which is nine detailed maps of all trail uses. Riders may also visit our itinerary page to download maps of the most popular routes.

In an effort to make the trail system more user friendly for the wide variety of users at Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area the park is implementing a trailhead and trail markings system.

Horse Health: Note that proof of a negative Coggins Test for Swamp Fever is required to bring horses into Big South Fork.

Horseback riding related facilities located in Big South Fork include:

Last updated: June 3, 2023

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