Located in the US, the horseback riding in Florida offers over thirty horseback riding trail routes from which to choose. The best Florida horseback riding based on popularity are considered to be Croom Horse Trail Network, Coldwater Trail, Alafia River State Park, Belle Meade Horse Trail, and Myakka River State Park. For a detailed trail description and printable trailhead map, just select a Florida horseback riding trail below.
North of Tampa and west of Orlando near Brooksville, the 145,000 acre Withlacooche State Forest has pine uplands, cypress swamps and river bottom woodlands. It is home to the 34 mile Croom Horse Trail network. These blue-blazed routes are on packed-sand roll through dense pine hills and oak hammock forests.
East of Tampa and Brandon, the 6,000 acre Alafia River State Park has miles of trails open to equestrians. As the property was all once phosphate mines and has since been reclaimed, it offers terrain not usually seen in Florida.
Northeast of Pensacola and south of Munson Crossroads in the Coldwater Recreation Area, there is a great 10 mile route known as the Coldwater Yellow-Orange-Yellow Loop Trail. The route traverses longleaf pine, southern red oak, water oak and dogwood forests.
East of Ocala and northeast of Lynne in the Ocala National Forest, the LAM Trail (Lake/Alachua/Marion Trail) is a 34 mile route open to horseback riding. It is marked with yellow blazes. It stretches from Doe Lake to a point near the town Eureka. The trail does continue beyond the forest towards Paines Prairie near Gainesville, but not all sections may be completed.
South of Tallahasse, the 30 mile Vinzant Riding Trail is in the northwest corner of the Apalachicola National Forest off SR20. The horseback riding trail has 2 loops (which overlap): an 11-mile loop and a 23-mile loop. The horse trail is marked with white, blue, and yellow blazes on different sections.
Southeast of Tampa and Frostproof in the Lake Wales Ridge State Forest, the Arbuckle Tract Trail (aka Reedy Creek Trail) is great for horseback rides along ridge above Reedy Creek, Lake Arbuckle shore, and through rosemary, pine, and scrub oak on ancient sand dunes. This is also a 20 mile section of the Florida Trail.
East of Naples, the Belle Meade Horse Trail is a 22 mile horseback riding route through the 69,975 acre Picayune Strand State Forest. The very sandy trails are over rolling terrain. Watch out for black bear and panther. The M&H Stables are adjacent to the trail system.
Situated 20 miles east of Sarasota, the 29,000 acre Myakka River State Park has a 12 mile horseback riding trail system. The 3 loops passes through dry grass/palmetto praires, palm islands and shaddy Oak hammocks. The park has a varied habitat of small wetlands, pine & live oak flatwoods, and dry praire provides home to 17,000 gators, thousands of ferral pigs, deer and bobcat.
North of Orlando near Cassia, the 25,800 acre Seminole State Forest has two trails open to horseback riding. The two horse trails are the Sulphur Island Horse Trail (7.4 miles) and the River Creek Loop (7 miles).
Southwest of Ocala near Dunnellon, the 53,000 acre Goethe State Forest has several multi-purpose trails open to horseback riding. This extensive old-growth forest has one of the largest red-cockaded woodpecker populations on state lands in Florida. Other rare animal species found on the forest include the Florida black bear, gopher tortoise, Shermans fox squirrel and bald eagle.