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Back Country Horsemen of the Virginia Highlands

The BCHVH is a 501-C3 non-profit service organization committed to maintaining equestrian and multi-use trails in the Mount Rogers National Recreational Area in SW Virginia. BCHVH partners with land management agencies and other trail users to solve maintenance problems and to be a voice in the planning of future trails and trail systems. 

The Back Country Horsemen of the Virginia Highlands organize trail work days and rides to improve trails and to encourage all user groups to practice the principles of Leave No Trace.  

With cuts in funding and staffing the the Forest Service looks to volunteers to help keep trail maintenance and projects moving forward.

If you want to join us and have fun giving back to the trails please download a membership form by clicking here-  MEMBERSHIP FORM






Hi Folks, Please join us, if you can, for a special meeting with the Forest Service on Thursday, April 11th  at 3:30pm on the porch at the Iron Mountain Horse Camp (4449 Arrowhead Rd Ivanhoe, VA). Area Ranger - Ed Wright, Recreation Supervisor - Jake Smith and a member of the Forestry Unit will be there. Come and hear what has been going on and share ideas for the present and future. The following agenda is a rough outline of what will be discussed...
  • Ongoing and future forestry projects- Minimizing impacts for trail users- Ewing Mt Vegetative Management Project, other forestry projects
  • Partner cooperation for state Good Neighbor Authority (GNA) Stewardship Grant and Recreational Trails Program (RTP) Grant.
  • BCHVH/ACC  VHHT/Jones Creek Legacy Trails Grant Project Update
  • Training opportunities
  • Motorized, equestrian co-existence - ideas for education, signage, etc. to help mitigate conflicts during motorcycle season.
  • Project updates for VHHT@Mike's Gap Reroute and Hussy Mt Horse Camp Bridge, other ongoing projects and ideas
  • Popcorn Items- what would you like to know about? 
 Together we can make a difference!!!
Hope to see you there. Happy trails, 

Volunteer Opportunity!!! BCHVH will be working on our Legacy Grant Project on the Virginia Highlands Horse Trail between April 8-16, 2024 and are seeking volunteers to help on the trail project. Please click on the following link to volunteer! 


The next meeting of the BCHVH will be Friday May 17 at 6:30pm and will also be our annual Spring Fundraiser Trail Ride and Obstacle Challenge. More info on the Events Page. 



See our events page for more information!*******





























BCHVH is honored to have received a Legacy Trails Grant from American Trails for the 2023-2024 season for an extensive trail project on the Virginia Highlands Horse Trail !  Stay tuned for more information about this exciting project!! 33 out of 84 projects were selected across the nation. Click on the following link to see all the organizations that were awarded 


The Virginia Highlands Horse Trail/Jones Creek Project got off to a great start in July and is continuing during the week of September 11-18. In September, in addition to other aspects of the project, BCHVH is partnering with the Appalachian Conservation Corps crew to create a 300 foot turnpike structure to solve a severe erosion problem along the creek. If you want to be a part of this exciting project please click on the link for the Jotform above. 

Here are a few pictures from the project-















































































An opportunity arose in July and we took it. Another mile of trail repaired! The East Fork Trail in the Hussy Mt area.
























BCHVH 2022 Spring Trail Project a success!

The giant mud hole on the trail leaving the Collins Cove Horse Camp has been repaired with a Turnpike!






 Our big trail project is winding down for the year. 14 miles of the Virginia Highlands Horse Trail and several miles of connectors have been improved, exceeding our wildest expectations!! This has been a monumental project demonstrating that with partnership between the BCHVH, the Forest Service, National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance and the surrounding community great things can happen!! Check out our Facebook page for more pictures and stories from our 2021 trail project!


This project has attracted a lot of attention and has won a Regional Foresters Honors Award for Region 8 of the US Forest Service!! Thanks to the George Washington/Jefferson National Forest for having faith and submitting our project!


All this was financially possible because of a grant from the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance and matching funds from the BCHVH Trail Fund, local trail riding community, Iron Mountain Horse Camp, Hungry Horse East Horse Camp, Southeast Endurance Riders Association Trail Grant. Thank you!!

Donations can be sent to BCHVH Trail Project 540 Nightingale Lane, Troutdale, VA 24378 (please identify as for Trail Project) or you can use the DONATE BUTTON at the top of this page! This will help keep the wheels rolling on trail projects in the Mount Rogers NRA!!







Some more scenes from the project!





















































































 Check the Past Projects page for other work projects BCHVH has completed!




Back Country Horsemen of the Virginia Highlands- making a difference on the trail!