Best New York Horse Trails

New York has 14 horseback rides.

  August 28, 2021

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

Where Can I Ride Horses In New York?


FEATURED:  Brookfield State Forest

  Syracuse, New York

  October 3, 2018

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.

FEATURED:  Deer River Horse Trail

  Adirondack State Park, New York

  June 30, 2016

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.

FEATURED:  Interloken Trail

  Finger Lakes, New York

  March 31, 2018

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.

FEATURED:  Highland Forest County Park

  Syracuse, New York

  October 3, 2018

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.

FEATURED:  Bear Springs Mountain Trail System

  Catskills, New York

  August 11, 2016

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.

FEATURED:  Clarence Fahnesock State Park

  New York

  October 3, 2018

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.

FEATURED:  Pine Hills State Forest

  Ellicotville, New York

  July 19, 2016

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.