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, One Horse Gap Trail System, and Jim Edgar Panther Creek Wildlife Area. For a detailed trail description and printable trailhead map, just select a Illinois horseback riding trail below.

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Jim Edgar Panther Creek Wildlife Area

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  MORE INFO

Rock Cut State Park

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.  MORE INFO

One Horse Gap Trail System

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.  MORE INFO

Sangchris Lake State Park

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.  MORE INFO

Weinberg-King State Wildlife Area

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.  MORE INFO

Jubilee College State Park

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.  MORE INFO

Moraine View State Park

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.  MORE INFO

Argyle Lake State Park

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.  MORE INFO

Kinkaid Lake Trail

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.  MORE INFO

Cedar Lake Trail System

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.  MORE INFO

Palos Hills Forest Preserve

Southwest of Chicago near Palos Hills, the 6,500 acre Palos Hills Forest Preserve has dozens of horse trails through hardwood forests. These multi-use trails are also open to hikers and mountain bikers so exercise care when riding. There are more than 50 miles of single and doubletracks.  MORE INFO

Loud Thunder Forest Preserve

Near Illinois City in Rock Island County, the Loud Thunder Forest Preserve has 8 miles of trails open to horseback riding. Spread across the 1,731 acre preserve, there is a 6 mile horse trail which loops through the rolling and winding through forest and ravines.  MORE INFO