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Horseback riding

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Horseback riding

Saddle up

Michigan is a great place to go horseback riding, with more than 1,000 miles of trails to choose from. Find maps of state trails open to horseback riding, equestrian campgrounds, stables to rent horses in state parks, plus trail etiquette, closures, shoreline riding opportunities and more.

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Silver Lake shoreline riding season, Nov. 1-30

A shoreline riding season at Silver Lake State Park takes place each Nov. 1-30. Registration opens Sept. 1 at 8 a.m.

Register for shoreline riding »


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Equestrian trail maps - printable

Trail maps include information such as staging areas and surface types.

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Equestrian trail maps - interactive

Find equestrian trails and campgrounds, download maps and more.

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Equestrian campgrounds

See a list of equestrian-friendly campgrounds in state parks and state forests.

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Rentals and guide services

Privately owned riding stables and guiding services in southeastern state parks.

Before you go


Check closures

Closures and detours may take place due to improvement projects, repairs and weather-related events.

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Trail etiquette

Knowing how to interact with other users helps ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all.


Make a camping reservation

Camping reservations can be made up to six months in advance.

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Event permits

Equestrian trail rider groups planning a ride may need to acquire an event permit. Please contact the location for more information.


Open hunting season info

Hunters and equestrians could encounter each other during during open hunting season (at all times) Aug. 1 through March 31 on public and private lands. 


Out-of-state travel

Travelling to Michigan from out of state? Learn requirements to travel with your horse.

At work for you

The Equine Trails Subcommittee, an advisory group created as a subcommittee of the Michigan Trails Advisory Council, provides guidance and recommendations on a statewide network of pack and saddle trails.

Equine Trails Subcommittee

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Recreation Passport

Your key to Michigan state parks, recreation areas, state forest campgrounds, boating access sites and state trailheads all year long. See where it can take you!