Kickapoo Valley Reserve Horseback Riding
The 16th most popular equestrian trail in Wisconsin.
Wednesday 3 August 2016 06:04 GMT
Near La Farge, the 8,500 acre Kickapoo Valley Reserve has miles of hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding trails.
The Kickapoo Valley Reserve Visitor Center is located at S3661 State Highway 131 in La Farge.
The Kickapoo Valley Reserve has long been regarded among horse riding enthusiasts as one of the most beautiful destinations in the Midwest. The Reserve offers approximately 37 miles of riding trails. The Reserve shares a border with Wildcat Mountain State Park to the north with its 15 miles of horse trails.
Located between La Farge and Ontario in southwestern Wisconsin, the Reserve is in the heart of the driftless region, an area unique in that it was untouched by glacial drift. The trails that wind their way through the Reserve pass beneath towering limestone-capped sandstone rock outcroppings that overlook the Kickapoo River and its tributaries. Ascents and descents are numerous as the trail takes you over the valley's deeply carved terrain. Opportunities abound to observe wildlife along the trail as it stretches from the lush valley floor to the high ridges with their awe-inspiring vistas. Old growth pine, short grass prairie remnants, and Cambrian era plant relicts are just a few of the unique features to be found in the Reserve.
Primitive camp areas are available on the Reserve that are accessible to vehicles with horse trailers. Willow and Mule Camp areas, located north of La Farge off of State Highway 131, are traditional favorites for horse and mule riders. Camping is on a first-come, first-served basis. All visitors are required to obtain a camping and/or visitor's permit. Permits are available at the Reserve Visitor Center and sixteen self-registration stations on the Reserve.
Wildcat offers 24 campsites that accommodate horse trailers with campers. Reservations are required. Additional trail passes are required for riders entering the state park trail system. Numerous accommodations can be found in the neighboring villages of La Farge and Ontario, as well as the popular community of Rockton - a long time favorite destination among trail riders.
Overall, Kickapoo Valley Reserve is the 16th most popular horse trail of all 24 horseback rides in Wisconsin.