Located in Michigan, the horseback riding in Traverse City is known for three cool horse rides. The best Traverse City horseback riding based on popularity are considered to be Shore-to-Shore Trail, Muncie Lakes Pathway, and Alligator Hill Horse Trail. For a detailed trail description and printable trailhead map, just select a Traverse City horseback riding trail below.
In the northern lower peninsula, the Shore-to-Shore Trail (aka Michigan Riding and Hiking Trail) stretches 210 miles from Empire and Elberta on Lake Michigan to Oscoda on Lake Huron. Campgrounds have been established every 25 miles, with every other one placed near a lake or river. It crosses several beautiful rivers and traverses pristine state and national forest land, including the Huron-Manistee National Forest.
Southeast of Traverse City, the Muncie Lakes Pathway consists of numerous wooded loops and segments open to horseback riding with the outermost loop of roughly 11.5 miles (25km). Accessible from Ranch Rudolf or plowed parking areas off Brownbridge Road east of Ranch Rudolf. Trails are approximately 14 miles southeast of Traverse City.
Northeast of Traverse City and southwest of Glen Arbor, the Alligator Hill Trail is a network of looping trails totaling 9 miles open to horseback riding. The Alligator Hill Trail has rolling terrain passes through maple/beech forest and pine plantations. The trails are shared by hikers and horseback riders in the summer, and used by nordic skiers in the winter.