Best New York Horse Trails

New York has 21 horseback rides.

  October 3, 2018

Located in the US, the horseback riding in New York offers over twenty awesome horseback riding trails. The best New York horseback riding based on popularity are considered to be Otter Creek Horse Trails, Letchworth State Park, Brookfield State Forest, Sugar Hill State Forest, and Allegany State Park. For a detailed trail description and printable trailhead map, just select a New York horseback riding trail below.

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Brookfield State Forest

Southeast of Syracuse near Sherburne in southeastern Madison County, the 130 mile Brookfield Trail System for horseback riding traverses the 13,000 acre Brookfield State Forest. The horse trail system is also shared with mountain bikers and is marked with numbering. The rolling route combines trails and closed forest service roads.  MORE INFO

Deer River Horse Trail

Southeast of Malone in the 12,000 acre Deer River State Forest, the Deer River Horse Trail consists of a series of interconnecting loop horse trails. The horseback riding routes are well marked and traverse gently rolling forested hills.  MORE INFO

Hammond Hill State Forest

East of Ithaca and west of Dryden, the Hammond Hill State Forest has 11 miles of marked horseback riding trails. The white-blazed Finger Lake Trail crosses the forest.  MORE INFO

Letchworth State Park

Southeast of Buffalo and northeast of Portageville in Wyoming County, the Letchworth State Park has 70 miles of routes open to horseback riding. The horse trails pass through lush forest along the Genessee River gorge and pass three major waterfalls. A 21.5 mile section of the Finger Lakes Trail passes through the park as well.  MORE INFO

Interloken Trail

East of Seneca Lake and Burdett, the Interloken Trail is a 12 mile route open to horseback riding on a limited basis. The Interloken Trail traverses the Forest north to south and is a branch of the Finger Lakes Trail system. It passes through various terrain and vegetation. The southern portions are somewhat steeper and more forested, while the northern portions are flatter and more open through some pastures.  MORE INFO

Highland Forest County Park

Southeast of Syracuse and east of Fabius in Onondaga County, the 2,700 acre Highland Forest County Park has over 20 miles of trails open to horseback riding. This area is known as the Adirondacks of Central New York with rugged forest terrain. Pre-registration is required to ride on park trails.  MORE INFO

Clarence Fahnesock State Park

North of NYC and southeast of Newburgh, the Clarence Fahnesock State Park has over 70 miles of routes open to horseback riding. Many horse trails are also shared with mountain bikers and hikers. All the trails are blazed with round plastic discs of varying colors, or painted rectangular marks.  MORE INFO

Bear Springs Mountain Trail System

South of Walton in the western Catskills, the 7,200 acre Bear Spring Mountain Wildlife Management Area has 24 miles of marked horseback riding rolling through forest and meadows. These scenic horse trails pass lakes and waterfalls.  MORE INFO

Pine Hills State Forest

Southwest of Ellicotville near Onoville in Cattaraugus County, the Pine Hills State Forest has 24 miles of forested equestrian trails. These wide horse trails are mainly on old logging roads and are marked with DEC markers.  MORE INFO