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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.

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

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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.

camping

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.

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Open season hunting 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. 
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Out-of-state travel

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

Explore!

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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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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!

Michigan.gov/RecreationPassport.