Best Shawnee National Forest Horse Trails

The Shawnee National Forest area has 8 horse trails out of the 23 horseback rides found in Illinois.

  April 2, 2018

Located in Illinois, the horseback riding in Shawnee National Forest offers more than a half-dozen beautiful horseback trails. The best Shawnee National Forest horseback riding based on popularity are considered to be Garden Of The Gods Trails, One Horse Gap Trail System, River-To-River Trail - East, Cedar Lake Trail System, and Beaver Horse Trail. For a detailed trail description and printable trailhead map, just select a Shawnee National Forest horseback riding trail below.



Where Can I Ride Horses In Shawnee National Forest?


FEATURED:  One Horse Gap Trail System

  Shawnee National Forest, Illinois

  April 2, 2018

Near Vienna, the One Horse Gap Trail System is a 10 mile equestrian trail network. It is famous for the short gap trail which is a narrow slot through bluffs. The route is along trails, dirt roads and wagon roads, which are marked with white diamonds.


FEATURED:  Kinkaid Lake Trail

  Shawnee National Forest, Illinois

  March 31, 2018

West of Murphysboro near Ava, the Kinkaid Lake Trail is a 15 mile (one-way) horseback riding trail along the western shore of Kinkaid Lake. The horse trail is blazed with white diamonds.


FEATURED:  Cedar Lake Trail System

  Shawnee National Forest, Illinois

  March 31, 2018

South of Murphysboro, the Cedar Lake Trail System consists of three horseback riding routes totalling 14 miles. The bridle trail system rolls along the hills on the west side of Ceder Lake. The system is accessed by 4 trailheads.