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Horseback Riding

Wisconsin State Park System

Horseback riders can ride on more than 700 miles of trails in Wisconsin state parks, forests, recreation areas and unsurfaced trails on former rail lines. This page lists places with a mile or more of horse trails. Six of these properties offer a total of 175 campsites where visitors can camp with their horses. Some trails may be closed seasonally or due to surface conditions.  

Riders ages 16 and older must have an annual or daily state trail pass to use most horse trails.

Please Note: The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) requires the testing of horses before certain activities on public lands. For more information, see EIA Testing Requirements on DNR Lands

Property Segment and Miles
400 State Trail Wonewoc - La Valle 7.5 miles; spring/summer/fall only
Ahnapee State Trail 48 miles; spring/summer/fall only
Brule River State Forest Horse trail 26 miles
Buffalo River State Trail Mondovi to Fairchild
36.4 miles; spring/summer/fall only
Cattail State Trail Polk County segment 11.7 miles
Barron County segment 7.4 miles
Fox River State Trail Horse trail section 10 miles
Friendship State Trail Horse trail section 4 miles
Gandy Dancer State Trail Horse trail section 15 miles
Governor Dodge State Park Open to horses May 1-November 15
Horse Trail--Interior Loop 6.8 miles
Horse/snowmobile Trail 15.3 miles
20 horse campsites
Governor Knowles State Forest Barrens Loop Horse Trail 4.5 miles
Barrens/Sunrise Horse Trail 2 miles
Horse/snowmobile/ATV Trail 30.5 miles
Sunrise Cutoff Horse Trail 4 miles
Wolf Creek Horse Trail 2.5 miles
40 horse campsites
Harrington Beach State Park Horse trail 2 miles
Hartman Creek State Park Horse trail 6.5 miles
High Cliff State Park Spring/summer/fall only
Horse/mountain bike trail 3.2 miles
Horse/mountain bike/snowmobile 5 miles
Kettle Moraine State Forest - Lapham Peak Unit Prairie Path 5 miles
Kettle Moraine State Forest - Loew Lake Unit Horse trail 5.5 miles
Kettle Moraine State Forest - Northern Unit Spring/summer/fall only
Crooked Lake Horse Trail 2.5 miles
Forest Lake Horse Trail 4 miles
Horse/snowmobile trail 33 miles  
22 horse campsites
Kettle Moraine State Forest - Southern Unit Horse Trail 2.2 miles
Horse/snowmobile trail 51.5 miles
64 horse campsites
Kohler-Andrae State Park Black River Trail 2.5 miles
Lake Wissota State Park Horse/bike/snowmobile trail 4.8 miles
Horse/bike trail 1.7 miles; spring/summer/fall only
No horse campsites
Lower Wisconsin State Riverway 20 miles
Mascoutin Valley State Trail Horse trail section 17.5 miles
Mountain-Bay State Trail Outside the City of Shawano (rail grade) 51 miles
Shawano detour 8.7 miles
Newton Blackmour State Trail 22 miles
Oconto River State Trail 8 miles
Old Abe State Trail 6 miles between Jim Falls and the Chippewa River
Pecatonica State Trail Calamine to Belmont, 10 miles; spring/summer/fall only
Point Beach State Forest Legacy Trail: This 3-mile loop horse trail is located on the west side of Highway O.
Richard Bong State Recreation Area Horse trails 13.2 miles
Horse/snowmobile trails 4.5 miles
Saunders State Trail 8 miles
Tomorrow River State Trail 14 miles
White River State Trail 2 miles
Wild Goose State Trail Dodge County; 14 miles
Wild Rivers State Trail Barron County North of Rice Lake 9.3 miles
Douglas County 54.2 miles
Washburn County 40 miles
Wildcat Mountain State Park Horse trails 17 miles; spring/summer/fall only
24 horse campsites
Wiouwash State Trail 6 miles
Wolf River State Trail 14 miles