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Horseback Rides

Horseback riding at Graves Mountain LodgeOur Horseback rides are designed to showcase the natural beauty of Graves Mountain, the valley of Syria, the orchards and mountains. You will cross streams, open fields and woodlands. We offer one hour, half-day and full-day rides every day at Graves Mountain Lodge. We also provide lead line rides for children.

Begin the day by arriving at Graves Mountain Lodge office 30 minutes prior to ride time to receive your horseback ride ticket. Riders will then proceed to the stables where they will be matched to the appropriate horse and adjust tack. Advance reservations are required for all rides especially for weekends and peak time in October.

Hour Long Rides – $40.00 per person
Hourly Rides Leave At: 9:30am, 11:00am, 1:30pm, 3:00pm, 5:00pm

Half-Day Rides – $115.00 per person, 4-person minimum, 3 hours.
Departures from the stables at 9:30am and 1:30pm

Full-Day Rides – $220.00 per person, 4 person minimum, 6 hours.
Departures from the stable at 9:30 A.M. Lunch on the trail.

Pony Rides and Lead Lines – $5 per child – (scheduled at stables between trail rides)

For Reservations please call 540-923-4231 or Email Us at
For a full refund give at least a 24-hour cancellation notice.

General Rules:
Helmets are required for all riders.
Regardless of experience, all rides are “walk only”.
Each rider must be 8 years old or older and 54 inches tall.
Maximum weight limit for riders is 300 pounds.

About the Children and Safety
We want children to have an enjoyable experience. Even though the minimum age is 8 years old and 54 inches tall, every rider must be able to demonstrate the ability to safely control their horse and follow instruction. If a child does not follow instruction or the guides are concerned for safety, the child will be returned to the stable and there will be no refund or exception. Children under 14 years old must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Western tack is used.

What about the horses? We do not knowingly keep any horse that we feel could cause a riding problem. Under the correct conditions all horses can be dangerous. All horses are properly vaccinated, vetted and cared for. We do not tolerate any abuse to our horses.

Who are our guides? Guides are carefully selected, screened, and trained professionals. They are accomplished equestrians with special talents to assist riders of any level to have a great riding experience. If you enjoy your ride, feel free to tip your guides.

Who is in charge? Graves’ Stables are contracted to Stable Master Eddie Birckhead, an accomplished equine rider, trainer, trail guide, movie productions wrangler and former IPRCA Rodeo Circuit rider. Eddie also facilitates clinics on horsemanship and trail riding and has provided therapeutic riding lessons for many years. Eddie’s equine enthusiasm is contagious. So it’s not hard to understand why horseback riding is a favorite pastime at Graves Mountain.

Where are the Sables Located? The stables are located across the road from the Lodge on the Graves Mountain farm. Turn left from the Lodge driveway and then turn right on Apple Tree Lane. Bear right after the large barn with the white silo.

What time should we arrive? Unless delayed for safety reasons, the rides go out as scheduled. Therefore, please arrive at the Graves Mountain Lodge office 30 minutes before your ride. There are no refunds if you miss your ride. For a full refund give at least a 24-hour cancellation notice.

What about the weather? We reserve the right to cancel any ride and issue a refund due to unsafe weather conditions including hot weather. Please keep in mind, even though the sun may be shining, previous rains may have created muddy trails or high water. Safety is always our primary concern. If conditions are safe, we may still ride in light rain. Check with the lodge or stables to make sure your ride is still scheduled or has been canceled.

What should I wear? Long pants and closed toe shoe with a heel are standard. During hot weather, light cotton shirts and pants are encouraged. Cool weather, always bring a jacket. The weather can be quite changeable

What if I am inexperienced or nervous? We suggest you come early to meet the guides and discuss your concerns with them. This will also give you a chance to get to know your horse.

Where will the ride take me? With over 100 miles of scenic trails to pick and choose in the Shenandoah National Park and on private land, riders are sure to find excitement on the trail, as well as breathtaking vistas along the way. Our rides are designed to showcase Graves Mountain, and of course the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. You will ride beside or cross through natural trout streams, ride graded mountain trails, open fields and woodlands.

Can I take pictures on the ride? You are welcome to take pictures during your ride. Your guide can tell you where some of the prettiest spots for picture taking will be.

What if I have to cancel? We have a 24 hour minimum cancellation policy in place. We ask that you secure your ride by credit card in advance. No refunds – if less than 24 hours notice is given.

Release and Liability– it is mandatory that all riders understand and sign a complete liability release. Per the code of Virginia 3.1-796.132 and 3.1-796.133, Horse professionals are exempt from suit and riders ride at their own risk. Copies of the code are available in the stable office.