Horseback Riding

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

man and woman riding horse along trail with yellow flowers
Horseback riders enjoy the variety of equestrian trails in the Big South Fork.

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:

  • Bandy Creek Stables, a concessions managed stables available for those who wish to board their horse while camping at the adjacent Bandy Creek Campground. Providing an easy connection to the area's extensive trail system. Beginning January 16, 2023, the Bandy Creek Stables and Camp Store will be closed to the public. We are in the process of awarding a new concession contract and hope to have the site reopened in early spring. Please plan accordingly and find an alternate location to board your horse, purchase firewood, ice and other camping essentials during that time.
  • Station Camp Horse Camp has 24 campsites that provide water and electrical hookups, tie outs for four horses, restrooms with showers and a dump station. The campground is open from April through October each year. Reserve your site today by visiting

Last updated: January 17, 2023

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