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Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains there is a magical place where dreams have been lived. For almost half a century, and 3 generations, The Cunninghams have found sanctuary and livelihood at their Mountaintop Ranch. Both Natives of West Texas, founders Bettie, and Virgle, had careers that brought them to Washington D.C. While on a quest to find a serene place to spend weekends and holidays with family, they were led to the sanctuary like property bordering the Shenandoah National Park, now called Mountaintop Ranch. A weekend get-a-away place as well as a timber operation, Mountaintop Ranch started in 1972. Bettie and Virgle come from a long line of Texas Ranchers. As the Cunninghams retired from their successful careers, they decided to share their unique wilderness haven with the public, through a trail riding program. The extension of their thriving horse business soon included The Equine Center, full-service breeding, foaling, training and consulting service for Quarter and Paint horses. Along with their daughter Lydia, they have bred champion lines and trained world-class horse trainers at the Ranch. Equine residents from all over the world have taken advantage of what Mountaintop Ranch offers.


Starting in 2019, Mountaintop Ranch is adding to its offerings once again. THE BED AND BARN at Mountaintop Ranch is a truly unique vacation destination for both guests and their horses. Now headed by Lydia Cunningham, the Ranch will continue sharing their secluded, premier, wilderness retreat property, through lodging. Whether it be in one of the log cabins, a room at the Log Home of the Cunningham Family, or on one of the private campsites, THE BED AND BARN will surely continue the legacy of this horse-loving family. As quoted by Winston Churchill

“There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man”

We look forward to your stay.

The Cunningham Family

established in 1972

"Exceptional horses, obviously well cared for by wonderful people! We did the Great Adventure 2hr ride. The ride, trails and views were beautiful!! Highly recommend MountainTopRanch for trail rides! Well trained and well mannered horses for beginners. They also offer training and sales.
Thanks for a great ride! We're looking forward to next time! "

-H. Laney

"Simply the best! Beautiful view, great guide, and wonderful horses!"

-M. Stevens

"Went on a one hour trail ride with my family & a few other couples. Had a really great time! The place is so scenic and the horses were wonderful. Would love to go again if I have a chance."

- Sunny B.

"This was our first time horseback riding in over 15 years and we had a blast! We were nervous going again since we have almost zero experience but we felt comfortable the entire time. The ranch and surrounding area is beautiful in the spring and the horses were well trained and taken care of. I highly recommend this tour especially if you’re a beginner. We will be back!"

- Chelsea B.

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