horseback-riding

There are 212 miles of trail in the Big South Fork NRRA that are exclusively for horses (hiking and biking is allowed on most of the trails), not counting the backcountry gravel roads that are used as multi use trails. These trails range from short rides to long rides. Here are a few we recommend:

• Jacks Ridge Loop: A 7.4-mile ride beginning at Bandy Creek Stables and traversing open ridge tops through the Big South Fork Backcountry. Start at: Bandy Creek Stables, on Bandy Creek Road off S.R. 297. (NPS map)

• Charit Creek Lodge: An 11.3-mile ride from Bandy Creek to Charit Creek Lodge, a 19th Century farm that has been preserved in the Big South Fork backcountry and today is operated as a backwoods hostel. Start at: Bandy Creek Stables, on Bandy Creek Road off S.R. 297. (NPS map)

• O&W: A 14.6-mile ride from Bandy Creek to the historic O&W Railroad Bridge across the Big South Fork River. Start at: Bandy Creek Stables, on Bandy Creek Road off S.R. 297. (NPS map)

• Pilot Wines: A 12.2-mile ride from Station Camp Trailhead through the Big South Fork backcountry to the river. Start at: Station Camp Trailhead, on Station Camp Road near Williams Creek Retreat. (NPS map)

For more information, visit the Big South Fork’s website.