Horseback Riding

Horseback riding is a popular form of outdoor recreation in Illinois. IDNR comprises 44% of the total miles of equestrian trails in the state (from the Illinois Recreation Facilities Inventory). Currently there are 46 IDNR sites that provide equestrian facilities. 

The general statewide season is April 15th to October 31st. Horseback riding may be open year around at some sites depending on terrain. Users should call ahead for exact trail status and availability of equestrian facilities. 

RegionSiteEquestrian CampingHorse Trails (Miles)
1Argyle Lake State ParkYes7
1Big River State ForestYes68
2Chain O' Lakes State ParkNo9
3Clinton Lake State Recreation AreaNo10
5Crawford County State Fish & Wildlife AreaNo10
Des Plaines State Fish & Wildlife AreaNo12
5Ferne Clyffe State ParkYes15
Fox Ridge State ParkNo5
1Franklin Creek State Natural AreaYes6
5Giant City State ParkYes12
1Green River State Wildlife AreaYes10
5Hamilton County State Fish & Wildlife AreaNo8
1Hennepin Canal State TrailYes73.6
4Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish & Wildlife AreaYes26
1Jubilee College State ParkYes25
2Kankakee River State ParkYes12
4Kaskaskia River State Fish & Wildlife AreaNo8
3Kickapoo State Recreation AreaNo6
1Lake Le-Aqua-Na State Recreation AreaYes8
1Lowden-Miller State ForestNo6
1Matthiessen State ParkYes11
3Middle Fork State Fish & Wildlife AreaYes35
3Moraine View State Recreation AreaYes13
1Morrison Rockwood State ParkYes14
5Newton Lake State Fish & Wildlife AreaNo22
4Pere Marquette State ParkNo18
1Putnam County (c/o Donnelly State Fish & Wildlife Area)Yes3
5Pyramid State Recreation AreaYes14
5Ramsey Lake State Recreation AreaYes13
4Randolph County State Recreation AreaYes11.6
5Red Hills State ParkYes5
5Rend Lake State Fish & Wildlife AreaNo8
1Rock Cut State ParkYes11.5
5Saline County State Fish & Wildlife AreaYes4
5Sam Dale Lake State Fish & Wildlife AreaNo8.5
5Sam Parr State Fish & Wildlife AreaNo13
4Sand Ridge State ForestYes40
4Sangchris Lake State Recreation AreaYes20
4Siloam Springs State ParkYes23
2Silver Springs State Fish & Wildlife AreaNo7

5Stephen A. Forbes State Recreation AreaYes15
5Trail of Tears State ForestNo17
4Turkey Bluffs State Fish & Wildlife AreaNo6.2
5Wayne Fitzgerrell State Recreation AreaNo9
4Weinberg-King State Fish & Wildlife AreaYes24
3Wolf Creek State ParkYes16