Featured HORSE TRAILS
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.
Northeast of Heflin, the 36 mile Shoal Creek Horse Trail System consists of three loops. The blue-blazed Piedmont loop is 18 miles. The white-blazed Short Loop is 4 miles. The yellow-blazed Sweetwater Loop is 14.6 miles. There is a horse camp area right at the trailhead, but keep in mind that water is not reliably available.
Northeast of Tuskegee in the Tuskegee National Forest, the 15 mile Bold Destiny / Bedford Cash Memorial Horse Trail winds through rolling, forested hills and upland sand hills. This rustic trail has several marginally passible sections and has some stream crossings. The sections on the roads are known to be rocky as well.
Southeast of Huntsville and north of Grove Oak, the 2,000 acre Bucks Pocket State Park has 5 horseback trails totaling 6 miles shared by hikers and equestrians. The route passes through a secluded stretch of the Appalachian Mountains. The Rock Point Trail is a 2 mile one-way trek beginning in the floor of Bucks Pocket Canyon and ends 400 feet above the canyon floor on a sandstone formation called Point Rock.
South of Moulton in the Bankhead National Forest, the Pine Torch Horse Loop trailhead provides access to 3 loops. The main yellow-blazed Pine Torch Loop is 11 miles. The blue-blazed Brushy Loop is 6 miles. The third loop is about 12 miles and is marked with orange diamond blazes.
South of Moulton in the Bankhead National Forest, the 25,000 acre Sipsey Wilderness Area has plenty of horseback riding on abandoned dirt roads. There are six trailheads providing access to the horse trails in Sipsey.
South of Danville in the Bankhead National Forest, the Flint Creek Multi Use Trail has two loops totaling 16 miles open to horseback rding. The white-blaze Loop A is 11 miles. The red-blazed Loop B is 5 miles. Since these are multi-use trails, keep in mind that you may encounter heavy ATV use on the weekends.
Near Ft Payne, the Little River Canyon WMA has over 40 miles of horse trails spread over 4 rolling routes. There are amazing views from the Lookout Mountain summit and also along the Little River.
Near Maplesville in the western district of the Talladega National Forest, there are 15 miles of ridge line and valley horse trails surrounding the Maddox Horse Camp. In addition, there are over 10 miles of forest roads suitable for horseback riding.
Near Atmore, the 4,700 acre Magnolia Branch Wildlife Park has a 7 mile loop open to horseback riding that is perfect for gaiting and cantering. There are creek crossings and river fordings. The Magnolia Branch Wildlife Park is owned and operated by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians.