Best Bloomington Horse Trails

The Bloomington area has 8 horse trails out of the 12 horseback rides found in Indiana.

  October 2, 2018

Located in Indiana, the horseback riding in Bloomington offers more than a half-dozen beautiful horseback trails. The best Bloomington horseback riding based on popularity are considered to be Nebo Ridge, Youngs Creek Trail, Hickory Ridge Trail, Birdseye Trail, and German Ridge Trail. For a detailed trail description and printable trailhead map, just select a Bloomington horseback riding trail below.



Where Can I Ride Horses In Bloomington?


FEATURED:  Nebo Ridge

  Bloomington, Indiana

  July 9, 2016

Located 35 miles east of Bloomington in the Hoosier National Forest, the Nebo Ridge loop is a challenging 15 mile horseback riding trail through dense woods. Also known as the Knobstone Trail, it is shared with hikers and mountain bikers. It connects with over 60 miles of trails and dirt roads.


FEATURED:  Hickory Ridge Trail

  Bloomington, Indiana

  July 27, 2016

Northeast of Bedford near Heltonville in the Hoosier National Forest, the Hickory Ridge Trail is a 46 mile horseback riding trail network. The Hickory Ridge trailhead has trailer parking and a camping area.


FEATURED:  Youngs Creek Trail

  Bloomington, Indiana

  October 2, 2018

South of Paoli and west of Pine Valley in the Hoosier National Forest, the Youngs Creek Trail is a 10.5 mile horseback riding route. This is one of the most demanding trails in the Hoosier National Forest. Try riding this trail clockwise, though be prepared for tough climbs and rocks either direction.


FEATURED:  Shirley Creek Horse Trail

  Bloomington, Indiana

  August 18, 2016

Northwest of Paoli near West Baden Springs in the Hoosier National Forest, the Shirley Creek Trail is a 19.5 mile horseback riding route. The route is wooded and passes rock formations with varied terrain. The horse trail network has many loops and are very rolling.