Trail Rides on 1800 acres at Graves Mountain Farm in the Blue Ridge by Shenandoah National Park

Horseback Riding & Stables at Graves Mountain Farm - 1800 Acres

Next  to Shenandoah National Park 

Here at Graves Mountain Farm & Lodges, our stables are cared for by "Circle B Stables" with Leah, Skye, and Angie as the trainers, trail ride leaders and mentors of young riders.

1. Trail rides by hour, 2 hour, half, full day and overnight :: Book Here >
2. Pony rides, lead line :: Book Here >
3. Riding Lessons :: Book Here >
4. Get to Know the Horse - free orientations :: Book Here >
5. Overnight Horse Trek & Camping :: Book Here >
6. Stalls in the Campground :: Book Here >
7. Self guided treks on 1800 acres plus Shenandoah National Park

Who Are We?
With our partners, " Circle B Stables" at Graves Mountain Farm we ride western style through our 1800 acres and into the Shenandoah National Park - over 100 miles of trails.

How to find us?
In the Graves Mountain Farm-yard at 80 Apple Tree Lane, Syria VA 22743. We are Syria so when at our crossroads baby village, you are at Graves Mountain. On our "Main Street" - Rt 670, drive past the Market on the right, the Main Lodge drive on the left and 200 yards ahead on the right is Apple Tree Lane - framed by two stone pillars.

You will see the silo on the right - drive toward it, taking the right drive to the stables and park anywhere by the stables.

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Trail rides atb Graves Mountain Farm & Lodges in the VA Blue Ridge

Trail Rides

One Hour to All Day

Horseback Rides in the Blue Ridge and into Shenandoah National Park are for beginners to experts with our stable - Circle B.

Eddie and Leah will guide you onto the horse and take you out for the horseback ride you have chosen.

What are the rides like?
One hour trail rides are for beginners, two hour for beginners with a lesson or two, half day for riders with a goal, full day for experienced riders.

You will cross streams, open fields, orchards, and woodlands. You will be walking on the general rides. The horses are especially chosen to be careful and consistent. There are a maximum of eight riders.

How Long?
1 Hour, 2 Hours, Half Day and Full Day trail rides.

Closed Tuesday
The horses have a pasture day on Tuesdays.

Cost?
$40 for one hour, $80 for two, $115 for half day, and $220 for a full day with a packed lunch.

Arrive 15 Minutes Early
Please arrive early to fill out waivers and fit your helmets.

How to find us?
In the Graves Mountain Farm-yard at 80 Apple Tree Lane, Syria VA 22743. We are Syria so when at our crossroads baby village, you are at Graves Mountain. On our "Main Street" - Rt 670, drive past the Market on the right, the Main Lodge drive on the left and 200 yards ahead on the right is Apple Tree Lane - framed by two stone pillars.

You will see the silo on the right - drive toward it, taking the right drive to the stables and park anywhere by the stables.

How to reserve a ride?
Reserve on line - following the booking button below. Minimum of eight years old and under 300 lbs.
- or email info@gravesmountain.com
- or call  540 923 4231

1 Hour Rides - Beginners

2 Hour Rides
- Practiced Beginners and Up

Half Day Rides
- Some Experience and Up

Full Day Rides
- Intermediate and Up

Western Riding Lessons at Graves Mountain Farm

Private Riding Lessons and Free "Get to Know the Horse"

Riding lessons - Western Style - at Graves Mountain

Private Lesson
Eddie, Leah, or Angie will guide focus on education our guests in the ways of being a horse, feeling her energy and working as a partner.

"Get to Know the Horse"
Eddie and Leah, lead a discussion over at our Stables with the help of one of the trail horses.

How does the horse think? How do we think? What does a horse see, what do we see? How do the two work together?  

When
2:00 PM Mon, Wed, Thur, Fri


Where
The Stables by the farm-yard

Reserve, please, below
That way Eddie and Leah know that you are coming.

How Long?
Half Hour, Full Hour, Half Hour for "Get to Know the Horse"

Closed Tuesday
The horses have a pasture day on Tuesdays.

Cost?
$25 for half hour, $45 for one hour, FREE for "Get to Know the Horse".

Arrive 15 Minutes Early
Please arrive early to fill out waivers and fit your helmets.
Excepting "Get to Know the Horse".

How to reserve a lesson or free "Get to Know the Horse"?
Reserve on line - following the booking button below. Minimum of eight years old and under 300 lbs.
- or email info@gravesmountain.com
- or call  540 923 4231

Get to Know the Horse at Graves Mountain Farm

Get to Know the Horse

Get to Know the Horse - Free
Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri - 2:30

Pony Rides at Graves Mountain Farm

Pony Rides

Pony Rides on Lead Line
These will be in the paddock of the stables, in the farm-yard.

And in the farm-yard are goats, baby goats, calves, ponies, and sheep.

In addition to booking on line, you can always call or email.

- email info@gravesmountain.com
- call  540 923 4231

Horse Stalls for overnight rent in Horse Campground at Graves Mountain Farm

Horse Stalls in Campground

Basic Stalls for Horse Camping at Graves Mountain Farm Campground

The Stalls are reserved by single or multiple overnights via the phrase  - "LESSON".

Of course you camp with your horse using hot wire and other portable fencing.

Reserve Horse Camping for people and your horse/horses here, or pay in the Campground by honor box or direct collection on Fri/Sat.

How to reserve a BASIC STALL?
Reserve on line - following the booking button below. Minimum of eight years old and under 300 lbs.
- or email info@gravesmountain.com
- or call  540 923 4231

Horse Trekking in the Blue Ridge - overnight camping

Overnight Horse Trek with Camping and Meals

Overnight Horse Trekking in the Virginia Blue Ridge - Camping, and Meals.
Two day adventure.

A two day trek with packed lunches to the Rapidan camping area where Eddie sets up camping, cowboy dinner over the fire, campfire and stories, and into tents with all that you need.

Bring your own clothes, rain protection, toothbrush, and Eddie takes care of the rest.

Day two is slow breakfast wakeup and campfire, pack up and break camp,  then trek back through forests, meadows, views of Blue Ridge. Back to Graves Mountain after mid-day.

How to reserve a TREK and CAMPING?
Reserve on line - following the booking button below. Minimum of eight years old and under 300 lbs.
- or email info@gravesmountain.com
- or call  540 923 4231

Riding at Graves Mpountain Farm - fording Rose RiverFAQs about Riding Experience

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.