While there are numerous opportunities for horseback riding in adjacent state & national forests and parks, as well as through guide services and stables, there are only three designated places available for horseback riding on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
In the Roanoke area horse trails parallel the Parkway from Gum Spring overlook on the spur road at Milepost 120.4. There is no access for horses across the river.
At Doughton Park, Grassy Gap Fire Road is a 6.5 mile trail, wide enough for hikers or horseback riders to travel side by side. The trail starts at Milepost 243.9 and ambles down the mountainside past the primitive campground (Horseback camping is not permitted) to State Route 1730 (Longbottom Road). Horseback riders must enter and exit from Longbottom Road. View area map online
Lastly, Horseback riding trails are available at Moses Cone Park (Milepost 294). The estate’s 25-miles of preserved carriage trails are multi-use trails open to hikers, horseback riders and, in winter, cross country skiers. View area map online