"Shenandoah Valley’s Premier Horseback Riding Destination.”
Mountaintop Ranch is a secluded ranch in the famous Blue Ridge Mountains that has been in the family for nearly 50 years. Our picturesque trails pass through the high country, scenic mountain meadows, and wooded areas of the famous Blue Ridge bordering The Shenandoah National Park. Fresh mountain air, breath-taking scenery, and wildlife are enjoyed on all of our exclusive and private guided trail rides.
We specialize in small groups, 9 guests or less. We like to cater our rides to your family and friends special needs! This is an experience you are not going to want to miss!
We start by riding into the mountain wilderness and slowly climb our way to 3,300 ft and enjoy a 360 degree view of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains! This ride is great for all ages and levels of experience. The duration of the ride is approximately an hour in length. We accept all ages and do not have a weight limit.
Experience the spectacular sunsets of the Blue Ridge Mountains! This ride takes you up to a high mountain meadow where you can see spectacular colors of the sun fading behind the Blue Ridge Mountains. Once you are the high ridge you can linger on your horse and take breath taking photos. This ride leaves the barn an hour and a half before sunset. If you enjoy sunsets in the mountains then you will not want to miss out on this great experience! Ride duration an hour and a half.
Around the Ranch Ride
This 3-4 hour ride explores the beautiful wooded trails, covering the 400 acres of Mountaintop Ranch! The riders will stop at the picturesque main cabin, overlooking Skyline Drive, where lunch is provided by chef services at the ranch. After a delicious meal, you will remount your horse to make your way to the high mountain meadow to view the Blue
Ridge and Skyline Drive from one of the highest peaks in Virginia!
Dinner with a Sunset Ride
This ride leaves about 3 hours before sunset. After about an hour and half of riding on our private trails, the party will stop at the main cabin for a delicious meal prepared by the chef services on the ranch. The group will then remount and continue riding until they reach the mountain meadow. Here you will enjoy watching the beautiful colors fall over the Blue Ridge Mountains! There is nothing more beautiful than a 360 degree view of the sunset at high elevation on horseback!
Ride and Hike Excursion
This all-day excursion is a memory you will not forget! The day starts by enjoying the wilderness ride. This ride will begin with a ride through our wooded trails. Riders will then slowly climb to the mountain meadow where they will enjoy a breathe taking view of the Blue Ridge Mountains! After returning from the ride, our guests are invited over to our main cabin where they will be served a delicious meal provided by our chef services. Following lunch, you will take a guided tour down our privately owned trails to two spectacular waterfalls that run from the Shenandoah National Park into Naked Creek. There is a deep swimming hole at the bottom of one of the falls. This is a steep hike down but as you hike out of the national park, we provide transportation back up the mountain road so there is no steep uphill hiking. This excursion combines the best of both worlds and will make memories you will never forget!
Proposals are popular on the Ranch!
Schedule your private proposal ride. Engagement requests on the mountain include an extra $100 charge on top of the initial total for the private ride. For photos of the special occasion contact Olivia with Salt of the Earth Photo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos below taken by Salt of the Earth Photo
Your trail guide and our beautiful horses are what makes your experience so special! If you love your ride..please show some appreciation to your guide!
Riders must wear long pants and closed-toe shoes.
All reservations need to be made at least 24 hours in advance. During good riding weather, especially during weekends, our schedule fills up very quickly so we highly recommend you booking your adventure as far in advance as possible (especially the longer rides and excursions). Mountaintop Ranch reserves the right to cancel due to inclement weather…but a little bit of rain never hurt anyone…so come prepared! Some rides might not always be available due to trail conditions, the number of guests we have with us on the ranch and the number of horses we have available, or other unforeseen reasons, so please check with the hostess of Mountaintop Ranch before making your final plans.