Northwestern Illinois Horse Trails

Argyle Lake State Park

640 Argyle Park Rd.
Colchester IL 62326
309-776-3422
Horse Campground
Horse Trails

Big River State Forest

R.R. 1 Box 118
Keithsburg IL 61442
309-374-2496
Horse Campground
Horse Trails


Franklin Creek State Park

1872 Twist Rd.
Franklin Grove IL 61031
815-456-2878
Horse Campground
Horse Trails


Green River State Wildlife Area

375 Game Rd.
Harmon IL 61042
815-379-2324
Horse Campground
Horse Trails


Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park

R.R. 1 Box 200
Strassburg IL 62455
815-454-2328
Horse Campground
Horse Trails


Jubilee College State Park

13921 W. Rte. 150
Brimfield IL 61517
309-446-3758
Horse Campground
Horse Trails


Lake Le-Aqua-Ne State Park

8542 N. Lake Rd.
Lena IL 61048
815-369-4282
Horse Campground
Horse Trails

Review :: September 2009 - We recently camped at this state park and it is one of our favorites!  Absolutely beautiful trails!  We enjoyed the variety of many miles of trails, mostly through deep woods and pines and some open areas. Some trails went off the main ones and lead to more challenging terrain. There were several creek crossings and a trail that took us to a high elevation overlooking a densely wooded ravine. At one point we followed a river and on the opposite side was beautiful rock outcroppings, very cool and quiet.  Many deer sightings also. The campsite has only a pump and pit toilets and a shelter with tables but no electricity.  Each campsite has a shaded area for tie lines , wonderful for the horses!  There's a picnic table at each site also.  Submitted by Judy Klos

Matthiessen State Park
P.O. Box 116
Utica IL 61373
815-667-4868
Horse Trails

Morrison-Rockwood State Park,
Morrison IL

Review :: Lots of trails for an Illinois park, I believe there are about 30 miles of well maintained trails. There is a wide variety of trails, wooded and open, hilly and flat. Lots of deer in the park!! There is a primitive campgroud, with water for the horses and latrines.

Rock Cut State Park
7319 Harlem Rd.
Loves Park IL 61111
815-885-3311
Horse Campground
Horse Trails


Rockford Park District

Lockwood Park
5209 Safford Rd.
Rockford IL 61101
815-987-8809
Horse Trails

Starved Rock State Park

P.O. Box 116
Utica IL 61373
815-667-4726
Horse Campground
Horse Trails
Horse Rentals
Review: August 2010  We camped here again this summer and enjoyed it as much as the year before. Good campsites, lots of shade and wonderful trails deep in the woods. There is one trail that goes along a small lagoon and leads to a cement bridge that crosses over a waterfall. Pit toilets, picnic tables, fire rings, no electricity. Great camping and trails! Submitted by Judy Klos


Northeastern Illinois Horse Trails

Chain 'O' Lakes State Park
8916 Wilmot Rd.
Spring Grove IL 60081
847-587-5512
Horse Rentals
Horse Trails

Forest Preserve of DuPage County

P.O.Box 2339
Glen Ellyn IL 60137
630-942-6106
Horse Trails

Kane County Forest Preserve District
There are over 20 different public horse trails to explore in Kane County.


Kankakee River State Park
P.O.Box 37
Bourbonnais IL 60914
815-933-1383
Horse Caming
Horse Trails
Horse Rentals
Review :: Kankakee River State Park is great. There are approximately 15 miles of trails. They are pretty well marked and groomed annually. The terrain is wooded and grassland and the surface is dirt. A little muddy in the early spring, but not bad. Some single file, some double. There are two separate "loops" each about 7 miles long, both ending up back at the parking lot. Several spots to park, but it can get crowded on the weekends. Hand pumped drinking water for the horses only, so bring your own for yourselves. Water in a pond and in a creek on the trail. There's also access to the Kankakee river in a couple of spots.Parking lot has trees in spots for shade. Hope to see you out there!
Trail Report submitted by: Steve Searle


Lakewood Forest Preserve
Wauconda Area

Review :: About 6.5 miles of trails (loops), equestrian use only. There is a HUGE gravel parking lot for trailers, water pump for horses, toilets for humans. Horse rentals are nearby. The trails are nicely maintained, some hills, mostly through wooded areas. Walk/trot on the trails with one long open strecth for cantering. Riders must have permit tags on their saddles, obtainable from the Lake County Forest Preserve office.
Daytime use only, no camping.

McHenry County Conservation District
Call the MCCD Main Office at 815-338-MCCD (6223) for horse trail status

Silver Springs State Park
13608 Fox Rd.
Yorkville IL 60560
630-553-6297
Horse Trails


East Central Illinois Horse Trails

Clinton Lake State Recreation Area

R.R. 1 Box 4
DeWitt IL 61735
217-935-8722
Horse Trails
Review :: 10 miles of lakeside trails. Beautiful scenery while catching a breeze off the lake. A bird watcher's paradise. I would like to see more
miles added to this trail, and a campsite or two, however it is a must see! Some steep uphill downhill, by-passable by inner trails. Watercrossings at certain times of the year.

Fox Ridge State Park
R.R. 1 Box 234
Charleston IL 61920
217-345-6416
Horse Trails

Middle Fork State Park

10906 Conservation Rd.
Oakwood IL 61858
217-442-4915
Horse Camping
Horse Trails

Review :: The Middlefork Fish and Wildlife Recreation Area consists of over 3000 acres and 35 miles of equestrian trails. There are 3 equestrian campgrounds that have water and outhouses. There is no electricity in the campgrounds. The campgrounds are shaded and there are plenty of trees to put up picket lines. There are no pens or hitch rails for tying horses. The trails vary from flat open to steep ravines. The park is bordered by the Middlefork River which is the only National Scenic river in Illinois. There are 2 river crossings to enable equestrians to access Kennekuk Country Park on the other side where there are a few more miles of trails. When riding in Kennukuk be sure NOT to ride near the dam or the lake. There used to be posted signs, but they have mostly disappeared over time. The campground is located east of 900E road which is the exit 206 off Interstate 74 west of Danville, Illinois. When taking exit 206 off I74, go north about 7 miles until you come to 2250N 900E intersection. Turn east on the blacktop road, it will turn to gravel after about 2 miles. The road is not in the greatest shape, but a large horse trailer or motorhome can handle it if the driver takes it slow. The trails in this park are very nice considering it is located in central Illinois, otherwise known as flat, farm country. This Trail Report submitted by: Mike and Cathy Jennings

Moraine View State Park

R.R. 4 Crosby Rd.
Leroy IL 61753
309-724-8032
Horse Camping
Horse Trails
Horse Rentals

Sand Creek Recreation Area
1495 Brozio Ln
Decatur IL 62521
217-423-7708 or 4913
Review :: This park is maintained through the Macon county conservation district. There are about seven and a half miles of trails located there, all are well maintained, very well laid out and marked. Also, the trails arevery good for beginner or novice riders, since they are on easy terrain. Water is available for horses in the parking lot at a hand pump, with rustic toilets nearby. The downside of this park is that the director ofthe Macon Cty. Conservation District allegedly wants to turn the park in to a pay lake, so fees for use have been in place since July of '95. I am not sure what the fees are for residents of Macon Cty., however, for a non-resident of Macon Cty. the cost for one day of riding is $4 per day per horse (and there is no overnight camping) or one can register to ride on a yearly permit for $30 per horse. Trail Report By: Paul Hartig

Wolf Creek State Park

R.R.1 Box 99
Winsor IL 61957
217-459-2831
Horse Camping
Horse Trails


West Central Illinois Horse Trails

Lake Lou Yaeger
Litchfield, IL
Horse Trails
Horse Camping

Review :: Has some of the most fun trails I've ridden on. These trails are not for the inexperienced or faint of heart. There are HILLS on all of the main trails, which are all laid out in loops. These trails are not as well maintained - all are done by volunteers - but usually are well traveled. Overnight camping is available here without electricity or showers, water for horses is available at one hydrant, and rustic toilets are nearby.
Trail Report By: Paul Hartig

Pere Marquette State Park

P.O. Box 158
Grafton IL 62037
618-786-3323
Horse Trails

Randolph County State Fish And Wildlife Area
4301 S. Lakeside Dr.
Chester IL 62233
618-826-2706
Horse Trails

Sand Ridge State Forest

P.O. Box 111
Forest City IL 61532
309-597-2212
Horse Camping
Horse Trails

Sangchris Lake State Park

R.R. 1 Box 58
Rochester IL 62563
217-498-9208
Horse Trails

Siloam Springs State Park

R.R. 1 Box 204
Clayton IL 62324
217-894-6205
Horse Camping
Horse Trails
Review: Sept. 2010 Great quiet campground with electric and primitive sites. Many beautiful challenging trails. Tie lines, pit toilets, picnic tables, fire rings. Water spigots available throughout campground. Submitted by Judy Klos

Weinburg-King State Park

P.O. Box 203
Augusta IL 62311
217-392-2345
Horse Camping
Horse Trails
Review: Sept. 2010  Very well planned and maintained park. Hitching rails for horses, electricity, good water source, pit toilets, picnic tables, fire rings and lots of shade. Beautiful trails with some water crossings. We were informed that starting August 2010, reservations will now apply to this camp so check before going.  Submitted by Judy Klos
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Southern Illinois Horse Trails

Crawford County Sate Fish And Wildlife Area

R.R. 1
Hutsonville IL 6243
618-563-4405

HT Ferne Clyffe State Park
P.O. Box 10
Goreville IL 62939
618-995-2411
Horse Camping
Horse Trails


Giant City State Park
P.O. Box 70
Makanda IL 62958
618-457-4836
Horse Camping
Horse Trails
Horse Rentals

Hamilton County Conservation Area

Dolan Lake
R.R. 4
McLeansboro IL 62859
Horse Trails

Hayes Canyon Campground

Eddyville, IL  (618)672-4751
Horse Trails
Horse Camping

Review :: RV sites with full hook-ups (water, electric, and septic). Horse pens (2-4, some covered) and Shawnee Forest bridle tags included on site rates. Clean restrooms/showers. Rental Cabin. Laundry. Hay, firewood available. Camp store with snacks/ice cream. Two restaraunts 1 mile. Nightly and permanent campsites available. Trail heads out of camp heading to the West (Double Branch Hole, Jackson Hole, Peter Cave, Crow Knob, etc) and to the East (Lusk Creek, Indian Kitchen, Secret Canyon, Saltpeter Cave, Owl Bluff, etc).

Newton Lake State Fish And Wildlife Area
Rt. 4 Box 329
Newton IL 62448
618-783-3478
Horse Trails

Pyramid State Park
R.R. 1 Box 290
Pickneyville IL 62274
618-357-2574
Horse Camping
Horse Trails

Ramsey Lake State Park
P.O. Box 97
Ramsey IL 62080
618-423-2215
Horse Camping
Horse Trails


Red Hills State Park

Rt. 2 Box 252A
Sumner, IL 62466
618-936-2469
Horse Camping
Horse Trails


Rend Lake State Fish And Wildlife Area
11094 Ranger Ave.
Whittington IL 62897
618-279-3110
Horse Trails

River to River Trail (Ohio River - Mississippi River)
1-800-342-3100 for info Saline County Conservation Area
85 Glen O. Jones Rd.
Equality IL 62934
618-276-4405

Sam Parr State Park

R.R. 5 Box 134
Newton IL 62448
618-783-2661
Horse Trails

Shawnee National Forest

Murphysboro Ranger District
221 Walnut St.
Murphysboro IL 62966
Horse Camping
Horse Trails


Trail of Tears State Forest
R.R. 1 Box 1331
Jonesboro IL 62952
618-833-7910
Horse Trails

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