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Horseback riding

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Horseback riding

Saddle up!

Discover more than 1,000 miles of state-designated trails open to equestrian riders and 20-plus equestrian-friendly campgrounds located in many Michigan state parks and state forests.

Please note: There is an open hunting season (at all times) Aug. 1 through March 31 on public and private lands. Hunters and equestrians could encounter each other during these months. View open season hunting information.

View interactive equestrian map »

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Shoreline riding opportunity

The DNR is exploring the feasibility of a seasonal riding opportunity at Silver Lake State Park. These opportunities would be available to riders bringing their own horses.

Learn about pilot program »

Before you go

Check closures

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

Event permits

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

Make a camping reservation

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

Trail etiquette

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


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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.

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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