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Northern Virginia is a popular destination for those hoping to get in touch with the great outdoors — particularly in the form of horseback riding. Whether you consider yourself a seasoned equestrian or you’re just hopping on the saddle for the first time, the area is home to a number of picturesque riding destinations, both big and small.
Forbes Travel Guide editors recommend Stone Gate Stables in Aldie, Virginia, which is a professionally operated riding destination that features more than 100 acres of riding terrain, 44 stalls, in addition to extensive indoor and outdoor arena space. Though Stone Gate has only been operating since 2003, you’ll find it has some of the most experienced trainers and riding coaches in the area.
Located just outside the D.C. beltway in Alexandria is Little Burgundy Farm, an exclusive private riding facility that is a go-to destination for seasoned and aspiring equestrians looking to hone their skills. A riding club membership and monthly fee ($250 for sole-use members) is required for those wanting to ride at Little Burgundy, and additional costs apply if you’re hoping to hire an instructor.
You’ve already heard of its award-winning wine region, but Northern Virginia’s Loudoun County is also home to a number of scenic horseback riding trails. Located just a few minutes outside of Leesburg in Hamilton is Chase Run Stable. Formed in 2008, Chase Run offers group and private lessons, private events, horse training, as well as field boarding if you need somewhere for your horse to stay for a while.