Please Leave No Trace during your visit to Shenandoah National Park. Here are the seven principles of Leave No Trace and a few examples of how some might apply to your trail ride:
Plan Ahead and Prepare
Download and print the park's Horse Use Regulations to bring along on your ride. Be sure to understand them before you leave home.
Purchase a good topographic map prior to your trip and familiarize yourself with any potential routes you will take while riding. The Potomac Appalachian Trail Club publishes excellent maps which indicates horse trails. You can purchase them from SNPA or PATC.
Yellow-blazed trails are the only trails at SNP designed to accommodate horse use. You can find a list of these trails in the Horse Use Regulations. Trail crews do their best to keep the trails clear spring through fall. However, if you encounter a tree completely blocking the trail, please return the way you came rather than leave the trail. During wet weather, as well as during the winter, stick to trails indicated for winter use or gated, gravel trails. Click for more information on winter riding.