Best Illinois Horse Trails

Illinois has 22 horseback rides.

  October 2, 2018

Located in the US, the horseback riding in Illinois offers over twenty awesome horseback riding trails. The best Illinois horseback riding based on popularity are considered to be Garden Of The Gods Trails, Kankakee River State Park, Moraine View State Park, Jim Edgar Panther Creek Wildlife Area, and One Horse Gap Trail System. For a detailed trail description and printable trailhead map, just select a Illinois horseback riding trail below.



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FEATURED:  Jim Edgar Panther Creek Wildlife Area

  Illinois

  August 7, 2016

Northwest of Springfield near Chandlerville, the 10,000 acre Jim Edgar Panther Creek Wildlife Area has the 26 mile long Governers Bridle Trail that is open to horseback riding. The Governers Trail parking area is located the northwest corner of JEPC on Questing Hills Road


FEATURED:  Rock Cut State Park

  Illinois

  August 10, 2016

Near Rockford and Loves Park, the Rock Cut State Park has great 30 mile network of trails and fire roads. A dedicated 14-mile equestrian trail winds its way around the west side of the park.


FEATURED:  One Horse Gap Trail System

  Shawnee National Forest, Illinois

  April 2, 2018

Near Vienna, the One Horse Gap Trail System is a 10 mile equestrian trail network. It is famous for the short gap trail which is a narrow slot through bluffs. The route is along trails, dirt roads and wagon roads, which are marked with white diamonds.


FEATURED:  Sangchris Lake State Park

  Illinois

  July 15, 2016

Southeast of Springfield near Rochester, the Sangchris Lake State Park has 5 miles of multi-use trails. The horseback riding trail winds through reforested fields over relatively flat terrain. The trailhead is open from from 8 am to 10 pm, and had trailer parking plus toilets.


FEATURED:  Weinberg-King State Wildlife Area

  Illinois

  July 21, 2016

East of Augusta in Schuyler County, the Weinberg-King State Park has 30 miles of designated horseback riding trail. Weinberg-King State Fish and Wildlife Area is an area of rolling hills with a meandering creek in western Illinois. The park contains scenic woods and old pasture land with rolling terrain and steep hillsides. The equestrian trailhead is open from 8am to 10pm, and has trailer parking along with toilets.


FEATURED:  Jubilee College State Park

  Illinois

  July 13, 2016

Near Kickapoo in Peoria County, the Jubilee College State Park has a 25 miles of horseback riding trails. The equestrian trail winds through scenic woods and meadows over rolling terrain.


FEATURED:  Moraine View State Park

  Illinois

  August 14, 2016

North of LeRoy in McLean County, the Moraine View State Park has more than 10 miles of horseback trails, including the Timberline Ridge Trail, in oak-hickory timber stands and gently rolling meadows. At the trailhead, there is plenty of trailer parking, toilets and a warming shelter.


FEATURED:  Argyle Lake State Park

  Illinois

  July 15, 2016

North of Colchester in McDonough County, the Argyle Lake State Park has a rugged 7 mile equestrian trail. The horseback riding trail wind through scenic oak-hickory timber and pine trees that cover rolling terrain and steep hillsides.


FEATURED:  Kinkaid Lake Trail

  Shawnee National Forest, Illinois

  March 31, 2018

West of Murphysboro near Ava, the Kinkaid Lake Trail is a 15 mile (one-way) horseback riding trail along the western shore of Kinkaid Lake. The horse trail is blazed with white diamonds.


FEATURED:  Cedar Lake Trail System

  Shawnee National Forest, Illinois

  March 31, 2018

South of Murphysboro, the Cedar Lake Trail System consists of three horseback riding routes totalling 14 miles. The bridle trail system rolls along the hills on the west side of Ceder Lake. The system is accessed by 4 trailheads.