Best Maryland Horse Trails

Maryland has 10 horseback rides.

Located in the US, the horseback riding in Maryland offers more than a half-dozen beautiful horseback trails. The best Maryland horseback riding based on popularity are considered to be Avalon/Hilton/Orange Grove Areas, Patapsco Valley State Park, Potomac State Forest, Cedarville State Forest, and Catoctin Mountain Park. For a detailed trail description and printable trailhead map, just select a Maryland horseback riding trail below.


Patapsco Valley State Park

West of Baltimore, the 14,500 acre Patapsco Valley State Park stretches 35 miles from Ellicott City to Sykesville along the Patapsco River. It encompasses several distinct recreation areas and has over 170 miles of trails. The 1,400 acre McKeldin recreation area has 8 miles of rolling wooded trails open to equestrians.  MORE INFO

Garrett State Forest

Near Oakland in Garrett County, the 8,000 acre Potomac-Garrett State Forest has miles of horseback riding trails and logging roads through dense oak, cherry and maple forests. The 9 mile Garrett Trail System starts in Herrington Manor State Park (shown as red line on trail map). The blue dashed line indicates Snaggy Mountain Road multi-use trail.  MORE INFO

Green Ridge State Forest

Near Flintstone, the 40,000 acre Green Ridge State Forest has miles of trails and forest roads open to horseback riding. This region is very dry, so the riding is almost year-round (so dry that theres even prickly pear cactus!).  MORE INFO

Cedarville State Forest

Southeast of DC and Brandywine, the 3,500 acre Cedarville State Forest has 19 miles of horseback riding trails around Marylands largest freshwater swamp. The horse trails are relatively flat with a few rolls, but no rocks. Some areas can be extremely wet in the spring.  MORE INFO

Rosaryville State Park

Near Upper Marlboro, the 1000 acre Rosaryville State Park has a new 8 mile Perimeter Trail open to equestrians. This trail circumnavigates the park, providing horseback riders with a tight, twisty, single-track route. The horse trail passes primarily through the woods, providing plenty of shade during hot summer months.  MORE INFO