The Plan for Laurel Hill Park

christianPlanning began several years ago for an equestrian facility at the former Lorton Prison site presently owned by the Fairfax County Park Authority. With its scenic vistas, access to trails, and history of agriculture and animal husbandry, Laurel Hill Park offers the perfect location for an Equestrian Center. The facility will be developed where the old Prison Dairy was located.

The Laurel Hill Equestrian Center will be the first full-service public riding facility on parkland in Fairfax County. This unique and beautiful Center will not only benefit local equestrian groups and riding events, it will provide accessible and affordable access to horses for all county residents interested in learning to ride.

The plan is divided into three phases that will begin with the construction of a public riding arena with room for horse trailer parking. The first phase is scheduled to start during the winter of 2010-2011.

The conceptual plans for the Laurel Hill Equestrian Center include a 60-stall barn for lesson horses. The barn will be attached to a large indoor arena to accommodate lessons and activities year-round.

In addition, long-range goals for the Center include outdoor arenas, a round pen, turn-out paddocks, fenced fields, and trails.

How You Can Help

The Laurel Hill Equestrian Center is a unique public/private funding venture between Fairfax County Parks and local horse groups.

You can help make the Center a reality with a donation. Donations are tax-deductible and can be made through the Clifton Horse Society and Fairfax4Horses. Both are 501c3 charitable organizations.

For more information or to make a donation, visit our "How You Can Help" Page, or the following sites: