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Virginia Highlands Horse Trail

Monday, May 13, 2019

Alt Names

Jefferson National Forest, Little Mountain, Kirk Hollow, Snake Den Mountain, Granny Creek, Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, Blue Ridge Highlands

Last Known StatusOpen

This 67 mile long trail winds through a mixed hardwood forest and consists of double track, several creek crossings, narrow single track and plenty of scenic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.

The trail is open seasonally to motorcycles from October through April 1 but is open year-round to non-motorized use.

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Nearest CitySugar Grove, VA
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From: Marion, VA
1) Take I-81 to exit 45
2) Turn south off the exit ramp onto SR-16, continue 9.5 miles
3) Turn left (south-east) onto SR-601/Flat Ridge Road, continue 1.3 miles
4) Turn left (east) onto FS-857, continue about 1 mile
5) Trailhead is on the right.


LandNational Forest, Nat Recreation


Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
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Permit RequiredNo
Dates OpenOctober - April 1
Reciprocity OfferedUnknown
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle Width
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesCertain Timespermitted October through April 1
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsProhibited
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSProhibited
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No Restriction
Helmets RequiredYeshelmets required by state law
BicyclesNo Restriction
HikingNo Restriction
HorsebackNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknown
Cross CountryProhibitedkeep on designated trails
Emergency / Law Enforcement
Insurance*Disclaimer: Be Safe! RiderPlanet recommends insurance for all riders and visitors to the destinations depicted on this website.


Tent: $14.00
RV: $18.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $0.00
Raccoon Branch Campground Fees


Contact InfoMount Rogers National Recreation Area
3714 Highway 16
Marion, VA 24354
(276) 783-5196
(800) 628-7202


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Virginia Highlands Horse Trail

Photo Submitted 11/25/2014 (Thanks!)

Virginia Highlands Trail Photo

Virginia Highlands Horse Trail

Photo Submitted 11/25/2014 (Thanks!)

Virginia Highlands Trail Photo

Virginia Highlands Horse Trail

Photo Submitted 11/25/2014 (Thanks!)


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Miles Of Trail67
Climate TypeForest
Elevation2900 to 3500 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintainedtrail is marked with orange paint blazes
Loose DirtThis trail has mostly loose dirt.Mostly
Hard PackThe trail has some hard pack terrain.Some
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has few steep hills.Few
Water CrossingsThe trail has some water crossings.Some
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has few berms.Few
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national recreation area has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national recreation area has many single track trails.Many
RoadsThis national recreation area has no roads.None
ShadeThis national recreation area has many shaded areas.Many
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has mostly beginner terrain.Mostly
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has some intermediate level terrain.Some
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little



First Aid First Aid5-20 Miles (N)Smyth County Community Hospital (276) 378-1000
Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (NW)Exxon (276) 677-3037
Diesel Diesel1-5 Miles (NW)Exxon (276) 677-3037
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (SW)Raccoon Branch Campground (800) 628-7202
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (SW)Raccoon Branch Campground (800) 628-7202
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (SW)Raccoon Branch Campground (800) 628-7202
Primitive Camping Campground5-20 Miles (SW)Raccoon Branch Campground (800) 628-7202
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (NW)Exxon (276) 677-3037
Swimming Swim Area5-20 Miles (N)Hungry Mother State Park Beach (276) 781-7400
Body of Water Water BodyOn SiteGranny Creek
Boating Launch Boat Ramp5-20 Miles (N)Hungry Mother State Park Boat Ramp (276) 781-7400
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