Located in Florida, the horseback riding in Ocala offers more than a half-dozen beautiful horseback trails. The best Ocala horseback riding based on popularity are considered to be LAM Trail, Baptist Lake Trail, Praire Trail, Apex / Tidewater Horse Trails, and Flatwoods Trail. For a detailed trail description and printable trailhead map, just select a Ocala horseback riding trail below.
East of Ocala and northeast of Lynne in the Ocala National Forest, the LAM Trail (Lake/Alachua/Marion Trail) is a 34 mile route open to horseback riding. It is marked with yellow blazes. It stretches from Doe Lake to a point near the town Eureka. The trail does continue beyond the forest towards Paines Prairie near Gainesville, but not all sections may be completed.
Southwest of Ocala near Dunnellon in the Goethe State Forest, the Black Prong Trails are open to horseback riding. The Black Prong Orange Trail (10 miles) and the Black Prong Blue Trail (6 miles) are accessible from the same trailhead.
Southwest of Ocala near Dunnellon, the 53,000 acre Goethe State Forest has several multi-purpose trails open to horseback riding. This extensive old-growth forest has one of the largest red-cockaded woodpecker populations on state lands in Florida. Other rare animal species found on the forest include the Florida black bear, gopher tortoise, Shermans fox squirrel and bald eagle.