Shimek State Forest Horseback Riding

The MOST popular equestrian trail in Iowa.

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East of Farmington, the 9,000 acre Shimek State Forest has several bridle trails through dense pine forests. Within the Lick Creek Unit has 25 miles of equestrian trails, and contains two equestrian campgrounds, one with 11 sites and the other with 24 sites. Equestrian facilities include hitching rails, pit toilets, fire rings, picnic tables, gravel parking pads, a water hydrant and shade for horses. There are stalls for overnight stabling. A day-use area, next to the upper equestrian campground, is provided for those not camping.

The forest headquarters is located about 1 mile northeast of Farmington on county road J56. To reach the horseback riding trailhead for Shimek State Forest from the intersection of B Street and SR 2 in Farmington, go south-east on SR 2 for 3.4 miles. Turn right on the road to the equestrian campgrounds. Go about 0.75 miles to the day use parking area.

Overall, Shimek State Forest is the 1st most popular horse trail of all 6 horseback rides in Iowa.


Local Contact(s):  Shimek State Forest (319) 878-3811; Iowa Tourism (800) 345-IOWA; Iowa Horse Council (641) 342-4436.

Best Season:  May - Sep

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  State Forest Equestrian Campground

Reference Source:  click here

Article Source:   Best Shimek State Forest Horseback Riding Review

GPS:  40.61912, -91.68061

Date Published:  12/31/2015

Date Updated:  6/27/2016

ID:  13650

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