West of Jacksonville near Lake City, the 200,000 acre Osceola National Forest has a miles of horseback riding trails. Horseback riding on the Osceola provides you with the opportunity to journey quietly through open pine flatwoods and wet, scenic bays. Four interconnected loop trails traverse over 50 miles of trails through the scenic Osceola National Forest. These trails originate at West Tower where there is an area for camping, horse stalls, drinking water and a flush toilet.
The green trail is approximately five miles long and is the shortest trail. It is mostly on grated roads and is great for the novice.
The red trail is approximately 20 miles long and is the driest of the trails. For a shorter ride, take the cutoff in the middle of the trail and save 10 miles.
The blue trail traverses an old railroad grade across pine flatwoods and cypress swamps. This 20-mile trail meanders along the western boundary of the Big Gum Swamp Wilderness.
The gold trail is approximately 16 miles long. It crosses Robinson Branch, which can be deep during wet periods. The trail is not recommended for novice riders during such times.
To reach the trailhead from the intersection of US 90 and US 441 in Lake City, go north on US 441 for 6.5 miles. Turn right on Christie Rd. (FR 237) and travel 1.9 miles. Take a right on Greenfield Tower Rd. (FR 234) and go about 3.5 miles. Park at the tower.
Overall, West Tower Trails is the 15th most popular horse trail of all 34 horseback rides in Florida.