It’s a Different View on Horseback

There are lots of ways to experience the New River Gorge – some of our favorites include ziplining among tree tops and riding horseback at the bottom, below the tree canopy.

The Gorge is lucky to have a network of outfitters with miles of trails and some great experienced guides who can tell stories and give pointers for better riding along the way.

New River Riding Stables is the Gorge’s foremost outfitter – with lots of guided trip ideas – from their popular Waterfall or Overlook Trips all the way to overnight opportunities.  And they operate year-round to allow you to experience the Gorge in four seasons…including now!

Just a few miles east lies Babcock State Park with their own trail system available mid May through Labor Day.  Their wooded trails take you away to seclude ponds and overlooks and can even be booked during some evening hours.

Planning on rafting during your visit?  Plan a great ½ day rafting, ½ day riding combo at places like Songer, ACE Adventure Center, Class VI, or Cantrell’s.  They each have their own access to trail systems that range from private overlooks to more than 6,000 private acres.

Don’t worry if you’re not the horseman you’d like to be. Each outfitter offers a beginner’s lesson before taking off and can make recommendations on which rides are best for your comfort level.

Have you ridden horses in the Gorge?