Guided Wilderness Trail Horseback Rides

Year-Round Guided Horseback Riding Tours in the Beautiful Shenandoah Valley



Reservations are required.

Mountaintop Ranch is located at 608 Weaver Road, Elkton, VA 22827 

The weather on the Mountaintop can be quite different from the valley, while it may be raining and dreary everywhere else the sun may be shining here.

Discover the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains in all the seasons.

Every season is unique!






Guided Trail Ride on Horseback for a Tour of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains

                                               You are invited to ride with us on horseback as we rediscover Wilderness Virginia.

Mountaintop Ranch is situated in a true "Appalachian" Setting high in the Blue Ridge Mountains overlooking the Shenandoah Valley, almost completely surrounded by the Shenandoah National Park.

 Here you can enjoy a serene step into yesterday. There is a feast of natural wonder preserved just as it was hundreds of years ago. Wildlife and flora abound and is spots along our trails you will be treated to what some have called the most spectacular views in America

Today...certainly the most spectacular views east of the Mississippi. You will pass babbling brooks and breathtaking overlooks as we trek into the wilderness.

We invite you to return again and again to take one of our many "theme" rides from early morning to sunset.

Our Schedule

  • "Wilderness Ride" Hourly personally guided and narrated wilderness trail ride: $50 per person 10:00, 1:00, 3:00.  12 and under $45 per person.

  • "Sound of Music" Trail ride with the most spectacular 360 degree vistas and views unlike anywhere in Virginia including the National Park. $65 per person 10:00, 1:00 AND 3:00

  • Ride into the Sun Setting against the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains $80 per person (departs around 1/2 hour before sunset....please call for exact time)

  • The Great Adventure 2 hour ride traveling across the entire expanse of Mountaintop Ranch $100 per person.
  • Create a Memory Ride 2 1/2 Hour with a mountainside picnic lunch.   $180 per person.
  • Our Sunday schedule varies. Please call for availability.


Guided Horseback Riding Tours
with Chris & Karla

Chris and Karla Mills will guide your horseback riding tour on our property next to Shenandoah National Park. This husband-and-wife duo has been with us for 16 years, and between them they’ve held just about every horse-related job on the ranch. They will make sure you have an exciting and comfortable ride. Chris and Karla can help children and beginners get acclimated to the horses, and they’re happy to share stories about the land, local forestry, our ranch, and its inhabitants. They also keep your ride safe by choosing the path taken during your tour. Chris is a certified EMT, and he and Karla both serve our local Rescue Squad.





All Rides are by Reservation only: Please call us at 540-298-1455

Cash and Credit Cards Accepted

Rides will require a pre paid non refundable deposit. Deposits will only be refunded due to weather at the discretion of Mountaintop Ranch.  Cancellations less than 24 hours out will be subject to a 50% charge.


General Rules and Regulations

 1)  Sturdy closed toe footwear and/ or sneakers are required (no sandals, clogs or flip flops)
 2)  Jeans and Pants are much preferred over shorts for the comfort of the rider
 3)  Helmets are available and are required for riders under 18. (You may bring your own bicycle helmets)
 4)  All riders must sign a liability release waiver.
 5)  No alcohol or smoking on the trails.
 6)  All rides are at a walk, trotting and running are not permitted.
 7)  For the safety and health of our horses there is a 250 pound weight limit.
 8)  Children must be able to sit in a saddle unassisted and must be able to reach the stirrups.
 9)  It is not advised that Pregnant Women Ride
10) Please be at the ranch 20 min before your ride is schedule to depart the Equine center
11) No pets please
12) Riders must follow instructions of Trail Guide

Responsibility: Neither Mountaintop Ranch nor its personnel shall be held liable for any injury to persons or loss of, damage or injury to property caused directly or indirectly by reason of any negligence or wrongful act, or by providing such services and facilities, including any accident occurring beyond their direct control.


Guided Horseback Riding Tour Options

  • Wilderness Trail Rides
  • Sunset
  • Family
  • Great Adventure
  • Sound of Music Tour
  • Private & Group Rides

Sunset Rides

We will time this ride so that you should arrive at our long distance lookout point just in time to catch the sun setting on the Blue Ridge Mountains. The check in time for this ride varies throughout the year, based on the sun’s schedule!


Families With Young Children are Welcome!

Every ride is escorted by an experienced trail boss. We invite the whole family to join us accepting Children as young as age 5. We have the most experienced and cutest trail ponies for your children to ride and discover Wilderness Virginia along side their parents.


Open Year Round!

We are a 4 Seasons Ranch offering riding adventures throughout the year. Times of the Rides will change from season to season ...always visit our web site or join us on facebook for up to the date scheduling.













About Our Land & Stables

If you’re in the area of Shenandoah National Park, horseback riding is a great way to get lots of spectacular views of this breathtaking region. Mountaintop Ranch has a busy equine business, but the most valuable parts we can share with visitors are the wilderness and wildlife that surround us. Our extremely knowledgeable tour guides will point out highlights of the local landscape, and can answer all your questions. Our goal is for every guest to go away with memories that will last a lifetime.

Although certainly optional, your guides always appreciate a tip in recognition of skilled, attentive, informative and friendly service.



Find Us

Directions to Mountaintop Ranch: Mountaintop Ranch is located in the Shenandoah Valley just off of 340 between the small towns of Elkton and Shenandoah, Virginia.
We are 17 miles from Massanutten Resort, one hour from Charlottesville,2 hours from Richmond and 2.5 hours from the Washington DC area.
The actual address of the Equine Center at Mountaintop Ranch is 608 Weaver Rd. Elkton,Va.22827

For driving directions to the ranch, please click here.




Riding at Mountaintop Ranch with my family was the highlight of our trip to Massanutten Resort.  I had the pleasure of riding with my sister and our 3 daughters, aged 7 – 12 at Mountaintop Ranch in May, 2014.  We were warmly greeted by Karla and her family and were excited to meet our horses for our ride.  The little girls especially loved the little white Chincoteague pony my daughter rode.  The orientation and instruction provided to the less experienced riders in our group was excellent and the girls felt safe and in control the entire ride.  The trails were quiet and shady and the view at the end of our ride was breathtaking.  All the horses were calm and very well-mannered on the trail and we were sorry when our ride came to an end.  Mountaintop is an easy and pretty ride from the Massanutten Resort.  Our girls are begging to go back and the youngest is starting riding lessons, inspired by her first real riding experience at Mountaintop.  When we return to Massanutten, Mountaintop Ranch will be the first reservation me make.

 -Amy Tyler


"The 1 hour trail ride my wife, daughter, and I took at Mountaintop Ranch was absolutely outstanding and easily the highlight of our vacation.  The small grouping of riders (just the 3 of us) with an extremely knowledgable and personable guide made us feel at ease while winding around the Blue Ridge mountain tops taking in the unbelievable views, scenery, and wildlife.  By far this was the best trail ride I've been on and I strongly recommend taking the time to experience it for yourselves if you are in the area."

Best wishes and we definitely stop by if we are in the area again. 



Virginia horseback rides in the Blue Ridge Mountains