Brookfield State Forest Horseback Riding

The 3rd most popular equestrian trail in New York.

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Southeast of Syracuse near Sherburne in southeastern Madison County, the 130 mile Brookfield Trail System for horseback riding traverses the 13,000 acre Brookfield State Forest. The horse trail system is also shared with mountain bikers and is marked with numbering. The rolling route combines trails and closed forest service roads.

The most popular trailhead is on Moscow Road. This trailhead has camping facilities and can accommodate equestrian and snowmobilier parking. To reach the trailhead from Bridgewater, head south on SR8 for 3.5 miles to Skaneateles Turnpike (CR80). Turn right heading west on CR80 for 9 miles passing through Brookfield and West Brookfield. Turn left heading south onto Moscow Road (CR95) and continue 1 mile to the trailhead parking area.

An alternate parking area is on Shawler Brook Road in the Town of Columbus, about 7 miles northeast of the Village of Sherburne.

Overall, Brookfield State Forest is the 3rd most popular horse trail of all 21 horseback rides in New York.


Local Contact(s):  DEC Sherburne Office (607) 674-4036; NY Tourism (800) CALL NYS; Taylor Tack & Field (315) 899.8999.

Best Season:  May - Sep.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Colgate Inn, Hamilton

Breakfast Restaurant:  Beaver Ben Diner, Brookfield; The Barge, Hamilton

Reference Source:  click here

Article Source:   Best Brookfield State Forest Horseback Riding Review

GPS:  42.7879, -75.4134

Date Published:  12/24/2015

Date Updated:  10/3/2018

ID:  14384

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