Located in North America, the horseback riding in US offers over thirty horseback riding trail routes from which to choose. The best US horseback riding based on popularity are can be found in Colorado, California, Ohio, Texas, and Wyoming. For a detailed trail description and printable trailhead map, just select a US horseback riding region below.
Northwest of Red Lodge in the Custer National Forest, the 28 mile East Rosebud Trail rides along the Beartooth Plateau past waterfalls, lakes and meadows full of huckleberries. Starting from 6,000 feet at the East Rosebud Trailhead, the route climbs 4,000 of vertical and ends at the Clarks Fork Trailhead.
In the 521,000 acre Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Noland Divide Trail descends steeply through a sub-alpine spruce-fir forest with rosebay rhododendrons, flame azaleas, mountain laurel thickets, and stands of white pine. Following the crest of a razorback ridge, it runs along the divide that separates the drainages of Deep and Noland Creeks and is best ridden in a day from north to south, ending at Deep Creek Campground.
East of Ft Smith and Paris in the Ozark National Forest, the Huckleberry Mountain Trail consists of two scenic main horseback riding loops which offer 34.3 miles of the most scenic riding in the Ozark National Forest. Deep winding valleys framed by rugged mountain bluffs give way to clear mountain streams. The trail is shared with hikers, mountain bikers and ATVs.
Southeast of Boston and southwest of Plymouth, the 14,600 acre Myles Standish State Forest is laced with hundreds of miles of trails, paths, fire breaks, paved roads and dirt roads. Some of the pathways in the forest actually predate the Pilgrims. There are 35 miles of dedicated equestrian trails. The routes roll gently through sandy pine forest.
Northwest of Dallas and Decatur in the LBJ National Grasslands, the LBJ Multiuse Trail system has four loops totaling 35 miles on single and double tracks spread over 22,000 acres. The horse trails are blazed by different colors: Blue Loop (14 miles), Yellow Loop (10 miles), White Loop (14 miles), and Orange Loop (11 miles). These soft dirt trails are maintained by a local equistrian organization.
Northwest of San Antonio near Bandera, the 5,369 acre Hill Country State Natural Area in Texas Hill Country has a wide variety of terrain and a mixture of narrow trails and old jeep trails totaling 36 miles. The Hill Country State Natural Area is a scenic mosaic of rocky hills, flowing springs, oak groves, grasslands, and canyons. The terrain ranges from flat, broad creek bottoms to steep, rocky canyons up to 1,900 feet in elevation. There is limited drinking water along these horse trails and at trailheads.
North of Addison near Brushy Lake in the Bankhead National Forest, the Black Warrior Horse Trail System has about 30 miles of trails from easy to moderate which can form great loops. Also known as Owl Creek, the bridle trails are marked regularly with colored metal diamonds. There are three main loops including Pine Torch Loop, Brushy Loop and Key Mill Loop. There is camping available at the Owl Creek Horse Camp.
East of Durango and north of Bayfield, the Pine River Trail is a very scenic ride into the Weiuminichi Wilderness along the Los Pinos River. The horse trail has many side trails for a varied experience. There is a nice horsemans lodge located about 10 miles north of Bayfield on the right.
The Abyss Trail is a magnificent route into the Mount Evans Wilderness Area winding up valleys and across streams on the way up to a steep ridge leading to Abyss Lake. Abyss Lake Trail is also known as #602. It is a 8.8 mile one-way horseback ride. The elevation starts at 9,620 feet and goes to a high point, at the lake, of 12,620 feet.
North of Tampa and west of Orlando near Brooksville, the 145,000 acre Withlacooche State Forest has pine uplands, cypress swamps and river bottom woodlands. It is home to the 34 mile Croom Horse Trail network. These blue-blazed routes are on packed-sand roll through dense pine hills and oak hammock forests.