Author: Gabriella Lowe

Washington Parks, Campgrounds, and Trails

We all love taking the horses out locally, but the best part of owning a horse is the opportunities for adventure. Luckily, the United States is full of horse-friendly outdoor recreation areas perfect for the occasional day trip or longer vacation. We are producing a series to bring you information about the horse-friendly parks, campgrounds, and trails across the United States. 

Kittitas County Fairgrounds 512 North Poplar Ellensburg, WA 98926 Tel: 1-800-426-5340; 509-962-7639 E-mail: fairman@eburg.com Web Site: http://www.somepig.org Location: Ellensburg is at junction of I-90 & I-82. Facilities: 120 stalls, holding pens, indoor/outdoor arenas, trails and full hookups Reservations required  

Triple J Equestrian Center 221905 E. Bowles Road Kennewick, WA 99337 Tel: 509-586-6653 Location: I-240 east – Exit to Columbia Drive East, go right on Chemical Highway/S397, turn left on Bowles Road to ranch (corner of Bowles and Finley). Facilities: 12×12 indoor stalls, holding pens, feed, arena, walker, & trails. 

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Montana Parks, Campgrounds, and Trails

We all love taking the horses out locally, but the best part of owning a horse is the opportunities for adventure. Luckily, the United States is full of horse-friendly outdoor recreation areas perfect for the occasional day trip or longer vacation. We are producing a series to bring you information about the horse-friendly parks, campgrounds, and trails across the United States. 

DJ Bar Ranch 5155 Round Mountain Road, Belgrade, MT 59714 (406) 388-7463 info@djbarranch.com We have many varied size corrals, 3 runs with stalls or 2 large pens. Located about 10 miles north of Interstate 90. We have a bunkhouse for people accommodations, Overnight horse boarding is $15 for box stall $10 for corrals. Please call ahead and let us know you are coming!  

Ksanka Mountain Ranch Bob or Ming Lovejoy 3890 Indian Creek Road Eureka, MT 59917 Toll Free – 866-682-2246 To contact us via telephone: (406) 889-5684 montana-cabins@montanasky.net http://www.montana-cabins.com Ksanka Mountain Ranch is located in the northwest corner of Montana in the beautiful Tobacco Valley. We are located just to the west of Glacier National Park and are only four hours from Lake Louise and Banff. Your Horse is Welcome – Bring your horse with you on vacation Pasture, corral, or stalls available $10 per horse per night. Fenced post and rail pastures are available on a first come, first served basis with your cabin rental. Feeders and water provided.  

PARK COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS Donna Goldner, manager PO Box 146 LIVINGSTON, Mt. 59047 Ph. 406/222-4185 Directions I-90W, exit 331; I-90 E., exit 335 S. on Main, left on View Vista Dr. Facilities: 23 indoor/25 outdoor stalls, 10 pens, arena (hold-harmless claim required) and parking w/elec & water. Showers avail. between May 15 – Sept. 15.  

Bull Lake Guest Ranch Karla Barnes, owner 15303 Bull Lake Rd. Troy, Montana 59935 Phone – 406-295-4228 Toll free – 800-995-4228. Web site: www.geocities.com/jettarose_99/index.html. email: Karla Barnes Rustic Horse Campground $10 per night per site $10 per night per horse Rooms in our lodge are $50 per room (double beds), and that includes breakfast. We have 4 indoor stalls, a round pen, and two outdoor stalls available. Located in the Northwest corner of Montana just 15 miles south of the town of Troy in the Cabinet Mountains on Hwy 56. We have trails that lead into the Cabinet wilderness area directly from the ranch. 

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Missouri Parks, Campgrounds, and Trails

We all love taking the horses out locally, but the best part of owning a horse is the opportunities for adventure. Luckily, the United States is full of horse-friendly outdoor recreation areas perfect for the occasional day trip or longer vacation. We are producing a series to bring you information about the horse-friendly parks, campgrounds, and trails across the United States. 

Meramec Trail Riding Vacations 

Meramec Farm 

208 Thickety Ford Road 

Bourbon, Missouri 65441 

Phone: 1-573-732-4765    

Set on the spring-fed Meramec River in East Central Missouri, Meramec Farm has been in the same family 

since 1811. It’s a working cattle farm surrounded by wild country. Your ride begins at your cabin door! 

Bring Your Own Horse 

Horse owners are invited to join our tours. We provide lodging, picnic lunches, and a guide, stalls or pens 

for your horses. Rates are 40 usd less per day if you bring your own horse. 

Overnight Layovers 

We’re just 9 miles south of I-44. Even if you can’t stay and ride quiet lodgings are available for you and 

your horses. Corrals 10 usd per night. Cabins rent for 75 u.s.d. per night for 2 people. 10. u.s.d. for 

each additional person. 

Royalty Arena, John Gunnett 

9895 Cork Lane 

Carthage, MO 64836 

Tel: 417-548-7722   

Location: I-44, exit 22 county rd 100, 1/2 mile north of interstate. Just 10 min.from Joplin, MO. 

Facilities: 200+ stalls, 15 outdoor pens, 2 arenas indoor/outdoor, 4 holding pens, electric hookups, host 

motel Holiday Inn of Joplin 

Huckleberry Stables And Cabin Rental 

Rick and Mary Bousfield 

HC 60 box 258 

Pineville, MO 64856 

417-223-2343   

Huckleberry Stables sits in the middle of Missouri’s Huckleberry Ridge State Forest. Miles of trails. 

Directions: Joplin, Mo Take Interstate 44 East to US 71 South (Exit 11). Continue about 45 miles on US 

71 through Pineville, MO. Just South of Pineville is the intersection of US 71 and state highway K (on the 

left). Drive four miles East on highway K to Huckleberry Stables. Look for our sign on the right hand side 

of the highway. 

A&T’s Northfork Wilderness Lodge 

Alice and Terry Fitzgerald 

HCR 362   Box 62B 

Pottersville, Missouri 65792 

Phone: 417 275 6081 

They have a small wire corral for guests and five guest rooms. The beauty of the place is that they are the 

only horse lodging facility in the area and they have direct access to the Wilderness Area in Missouri which 

has trails in the Devil’s Backbone area ( 11 miles) and then there is direct access from the wilderness area 

to the Mark Twain National Forest Willow Springs area which has 31 miles of horse multi use trails. 

From West Plains take State Route “K” west 10.4 miles to State Route “KK”, turn right. Take “KK” west 

3.6 miles to county road “HCR362”, turn right. Go 2-tenths of a mile until you spot several mailboxes on 

your right as the road curves to the right. (Do not follow “HCR362” around curve.) At curve go straight 

ahead onto a white rock drive (entrance to drive is located between wood shed on left and fence on right. 

Submitted by Sharon Lesner 

Golden Hills Trail Rides & Resort 

19546 Golden Drive 

Raymondville, MO 65555 

Tel: 800-874-1157     

Location: 90 miles East of Springfield and 160 miles South of St. Louis. Facilities: 5,100 acres, 300 

campsites with electrical and water hookups, 900 horse stalls, restroom/shower facilities, lodging, 

restaurant, gas station, convenient store, western store, exercise facility, tack store, farrier, and brier patch 

gift shop. 

New Liberty Horse Camp 

Nancy & Beau Knight-Tilley 

HC 89 Box 386 

Winona, MO 65588 

Phone: (573) 325-1292  

Come explore the beautiful Mark Twain National Forest with your horse! 

Our family farm is home to the New Liberty Horse Camp: we have electrical hook-ups for up to eight RV’s; 

water; a bath house with separate hot showers and washrooms with flush toilets for “colts” and “fillies”; 

and for the horses we have eight 10×10 box stalls, three paddocks, and hitching posts. A gate in our 

fence opens into the Mark Twain National Forest, which provides approximately 100 miles of trails to 

springs, streams, lakes, and caves! We’d love to meet you and your horse(s), and maybe tell you some 

tales about life in Hawaii, which was our former home. 

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Mississippi Parks, Campgrounds, and Trails

We all love taking the horses out locally, but the best part of owning a horse is the opportunities for adventure. Luckily, the United States is full of horse-friendly outdoor recreation areas perfect for the occasional day trip or longer vacation. We are producing a series to bring you information about the horse-friendly parks, campgrounds, and trails across the United States. 

OAKDALE FARMS 245 Loydale Drive, Brandon, MS 39047 601 825-2612 601 238-9333 Oakdale Farms offers guestroom accommodations for travelers that include a continental breakfast of fresh fruits, homemade muffins, gourmet coffee and teas. shedroe style barn, down by our lake, a beautiful facility, complete with a large lighted arena and a smaller arena and round pen, all lighted. 12’ x 12’ Stalls Lighted Hilltop Arena & Round Pen Scenic View & Nearby Riding  

Whispering Pines Ranch Hattiesburg, MS 601-268-6827 sallyrob99@aol.com We are in MS and have a boarding facility with room for travelers that could be added to your listing. We are a hub city on the way to New Orleans, Mobile, Gulfport, Memphis, Florida, or Texas, depending on your direction of travel! We have a clean, spacious new 22 stall barn with concrete aisle and wash rack. Overnighters can come with advance notice and current Coggins. 

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Minnesota Parks, Campgrounds, and Trails

We all love taking the horses out locally, but the best part of owning a horse is the opportunities for adventure. Luckily, the United States is full of horse-friendly outdoor recreation areas perfect for the occasional day trip or longer vacation. We are producing a series to bring you information about the horse-friendly parks, campgrounds, and trails across the United States. 

County Line Farm Kim Otterson and Glenn Benson 1389 200th Street Long Prairie, MN 56347 phone: (320)-749-2473 County Line Farm is a breeder of American Quarter Horse (AQHA registered) and American Paint (APHA registered) horses. Kim Otterson and Glenn Benson combine years of experience in breeding, raising and showing quality horses. County Line Farm stands a number of very well-bred stallions to the public. There is something for everyone! County Line Farm is located between Little Falls and Long Prairie, MN on the Todd/Morrison county line in central Minnesota. Visitors are encouraged, and always welcomed. Contact County Line Farm 

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Michigan Parks, Campgrounds, and Trails

We all love taking the horses out locally, but the best part of owning a horse is the opportunities for adventure. Luckily, the United States is full of horse-friendly outdoor recreation areas perfect for the occasional day trip or longer vacation. We are producing a series to bring you information about the horse-friendly parks, campgrounds, and trails across the United States. 

Allegan State Game Area 4590 118th Ave. Allegan, MI 49101 Directions: Located at the corner of 120th Ave. and 51st Street Acres: 45,000 Users: horse, hike Fort Custer Recreation Area 5163 W. Fort Custer Dr. Augusta, MI 49012 616-731-4200 Directions: From Battle Creek take M-96 west for 10 miles 16 miles of horse trails. Open Year around Bowman Lake Area Baldwin Ranger District Baldwin, MI 49304 800-821-6263 Directions: From Baldwin, go west on 52nd Street to the trails Primitive camping and marked trails The Wooden Nickel Linda Lange W. U.S. Hwy. 10 Baldwin, MI. 49304  

Waterloo Recreation Area 16345 McClure Road Chelsea, MI 48118 313-475-8307 Directions: From I-94 take exit 157 (Pierce Road) and go north to Bush Road, travel west to the park entrance Acres: 20,000 Lots of horse trails. Open year around. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore 9922 Front St. Empire, MI 49630. Directions: Take State Highway 22 to go north on Hwy 109, go 4 miles to Day Forest Rd., continue to the trailhead 8 miles of marked trails  

Mackinaw State Forest Black Mountain Forest Recreation Area P.O. Box 667 Gaylord, MI 49735 517-732-3541 Directions: From Onaway, take I-75 north, take exit 310 and travel east on M-68 turn north on to M-33 turn right onto Mann Road then north on Gaynor Road, continue on Twin Lakes Road turning right on to Doriva Beech Road continue north Facilities: Primitive  

Brighton Recreation Area 6360 Chilson Route 3 Howell, MI 48843 810-229-6566 Directions: I-96 to exit 147 to Brighton, go west for 6 miles to Bishop Lake Road 18 miles horse trails. Open from April 1 to Dec 1 Ionia Recreation Area 2880 David Hwy. Ionia, MI 48846 616-527-3750 Directions: From I-96, take exit 64 and travel north 3 miles to the park entrance 20 miles of horse trails. Open April 1 to Dec. 1.  

Rose Lake Wildlife Research Area 8562 E. Stoll Road E. Lansing, MI 48823 Directions: Take route 69 to exit 94, continue to the light and turn left onto old M078, travel 5 miles, turn left onto Upton Road go 1.5 miles and turn right on Stoll Road Acres: 3,646 Description: farmland, fields, woods and marsh. Facilities: Horsemen’s camp, water. And a day use parking lot  

Pine Martin Run Trail Manistique Ranger District, Manistique, MI 49843 906-341-5666 Directions: Travel west on US 2 for 10.5 miles to county road 437 (Cooks School Road), turn north and travel 18 miles to county road 440 turn west and go 1 mile to the trailhead 26-miles of trails Description: woods, toilet and fire rings Kensington Metropark 2240 W. Buno Road Milford, MI 49380 810-685-1561 Directions: From I-96 take exit 153, take Kent Lake Road north to Huron River Parkway to W. Buno Road Acres: 5,000 8.5 miles of marked trails Description: woods, fields and hills.  

Proud Lake Recreation Area 3500 Wixom Road Milford, MI 48382 810-685-2433 Description: From I-96 take the Wixom Road exit and travel north 6 miles to the park entrance Open year around  

Yankee Springs Recreation Area 2104 Gun Lake Road, Middleville, MI 49333 616-795-9081 Directions: From US 131 take exit 61 travel east on A-42 go 8 miles to the park entrance 8 miles of horse trails. 

Monroe County KOA Kampground 734-856-4972 Directions: 9 miles north of Ohio/Michigan line on US 23 at Summerfield Rd. exit 9 NE Corner. From I75 take the Luna Pier exit 6, west about 10 miles, right on Summerfield go about 3 miles. There are NO horse facilities but if you have your own electric fence or corral it will be fine. Facilities: Store, game room/laundry, food wagon, horseshoe pit, playground, swimming lake, fishing lake, ball field, cabins. Monroe County Fairgrounds Located on the main street of Monroe 

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Maryland Parks, Campgrounds, and Trails

We all love taking the horses out locally, but the best part of owning a horse is the opportunities for adventure. Luckily, the United States is full of horse-friendly outdoor recreation areas perfect for the occasional day trip or longer vacation. We are producing a series to bring you information about the horse-friendly parks, campgrounds, and trails across the United States. 

AMERICANA BED & BREAKFAST 2400 Constantine Drive Eldersburg, MD 21784 (410) 549-5763 (800) 437-5770 www.americanabnb.com A unique bed and breakfast where you and your horse are welcome. This immaculate spacious rambler backs up to glorious wooded trails around a drinking reservoir with spectacular views and footing. Americana bed and breakfast features Randi’s famous cowboy cookies and Udderly Precious Goat Milk soaps. The inn is conveniently located to major metropolitan areas, D.C., Baltimore, Gettysburg.  

Above All Else @ Windsong 13134A Old Annapolis Road Mt. Airy, Maryland 21771 C&O Canal or one of the many Maryland State Parks. Rent includes the entire house and a corral for up to 4 compatible horses. Depending on stall availability, you may rent a stall at Windsong Arabians. For more information, e-mail Jim and Sue Doll  

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Louisiana Parks, Campgrounds, and Trails

We all love taking the horses out locally, but the best part of owning a horse is the opportunities for adventure. Luckily, the United States is full of horse-friendly outdoor recreation areas perfect for the occasional day trip or longer vacation. We are producing a series to bring you information about the horse-friendly parks, campgrounds, and trails across the United States. 

Harmon Acres Horse Ranch and RV Park Karen Harmon Rt. 1, Box 117A Transylvania, LA 71286 Tel: 318-552-8858 E-mail: docb@bayou.com Located on highway 65, 15 miles north of I-20, in the Transylvania community. There are numerous fast food restaurants and motels within 15 minutes of the ranch, and access to fuel 25 hours each day. Call Karen Harmon at Harmon Acres Horse Ranch. We are a full-service horse ranch with 15′ x 15’stalls, plenty of pasture and/or corrals for overnight stabling. We have hookups for horse trailers with living quarters and RV’s. We have a playground with petting zoo including many miniature horses to enjoy. You will have room for an evening walk and enjoy the most beautiful sunsets and sunrises imaginable. This is a wonderful area for trailing through woods, across levees, and through water if you desire, or just a nice, long ride in the open. The Mississippi River is just across the road with boat ramps, etc. available. $10 per night per horse, $15 per night for RV hookups. Come and enjoy Harmon Acres Horse Ranch (children and pets welcome) 

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Kentucky Parks, Campgrounds, and Trails

We all love taking the horses out locally, but the best part of owning a horse is the opportunities for adventure. Luckily, the United States is full of horse-friendly outdoor recreation areas perfect for the occasional day trip or longer vacation. We are producing a series to bring you information about the horse-friendly parks, campgrounds, and trails across the United States. 

Land Between the Lakes Wrangler’s Campground TVA 100 Van Morgan Drive Golden Pond, KY 42211 502/924-2000 Located south of Golden Pond, on Rt. 68 Facilities: Large primitive camp area, 99 sites with electric hoop-ups, modern bath house, potable water and horse troughs, stalls , 35+ miles of marked and unmarked horse trails  

Mammoth Cave National Park Maple Springs Group Campground Mammoth Cave National Park Mammoth Cave, KY 42259 502/758-2251 Located off KY Hwy. 1352, off KY Hwy. 1827 Four large primitive sites, potable water, picket lines, picnic tables, and toilets Reservations required. 60 miles of marked trails. Beautiful forests, waterfalls, creek crossing.  

First Farm Inn Bed and Breakfast 2510 Stevens Road Petersburg, KY 41080 Tel: 606-586-0199; 800-277-9527; Fax: 606-586-0299 E-mail: firstfarm@goodnews.net First Farm Inn offers bed & breakfast, horse boarding & horseback riding. Elegantly renovated 1870s farm home above the Ohio River where Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio join. Located less than two miles off I-275, Cincinnati’s beltline.  

Little Lick Horse Camp Daniel Boone National Forest Somerset District Ranger 135 Reality Lane Somerset, KY 42501 606/679-2018 Located south of KY 192 at Mt. Victory off forest road 122. Eight primitive sites, no water, pit toilets, hitch rails Marked trails  

Tar Ridge Stanton District Ranger 705 W. College Ave. Stanton, KY 40380 606/663-2852 Located on KY 77 between Slade and Frenchburg Six primitive sites, no water 

Cottonmouth Lodge 4020 Greens Chapel Rd White Plains, Ky 42464 270 338 0909 Do enjoy horseback riding? If so, then Cottonmouth Lodge is the place to be. Our private trails are maintained and offer a variety of riding environments from tree covered woods to open grass fields. For your convenience we have our own stables just a short walk from the lodge and RV Park. Rates: Camp sites and horseback riding $19.00 per night Rough camping or tent with no hookup is $10.00 per night. Stable fees are $5.00 per night per horse. Wilderness trail fees are $5.00 per day per horse. Call 270-338-0909 for additional information and availability.  

Bell Farm Horse Camp Daniel Boone National Forest. Stearns District Ranger PO Box 429 US Highway 27N Whitley City, KY 42653 606/376-5323 Located off KY 1363, and KY 92. Primitive camp, tie stalls, toilets, picnic tables and creek for horse water, no potable water  

Barren Fork Horse Camp Daniel Boone National Forest Stearns District Ranger PO Box 429 US Highway 27N Whitley City, KY 42653 606/376-5323 Located just off US 27, north of Whitley City. Access road near Stearns District ranger office 41 primitive sites, water for horses, potable water, and toilets. Day use area Fees Extensive trail system in including Sheltowee Trace Trail 

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Kansas Parks, Campgrounds, and Trails

We all love taking the horses out locally, but the best part of owning a horse is the opportunities for adventure. Luckily, the United States is full of horse-friendly outdoor recreation areas perfect for the occasional day trip or longer vacation. We are producing a series to bring you information about the horse-friendly parks, campgrounds, and trails across the United States. 

Home on the Range Tin Acres Quarter Horse Farm Theron and Jane Johnson 2626 North Kansas Hwy 25 Colby, KS 67701 Tel: 785-462-3600 or 785-462-7525 E-mail: jjohnson@colby.ixks.com Located off I-70, 110 miles west of Hays, KS and 230 miles east of Denver, CO. Take Kansas exit 53 in Colby, KS – travel 9 miles north on Kansas Highway 25 – The farm is on the west side of the road and has a complete perimeter fence for the safety of the horses – Watch for the white pipe fence! Facilities: Home on the Range Bed and Breakfast – heated barn with 10 14′ x 14′ stalls – indoor riding arena – wash bay – 60′ solid round pen with 17% vertical slope to save your knees – 10 inside/outside stalls with 48′ runs/pens – camper hook-ups and overnight parking – We also have outside pens. 185 acre facility – Complete artificial insemination vet lab – heated breeding barn with wash bay and 4 24′ x 12′ foaling stalls – 24 hours supervision – large outdoor riding arena. We have a large turn around area which accommodates all size vehicles. Mostly we offer mid-west hospitality for horses and people too! Sand Hills State Park 4207 East 56th St. Hutchinson, KS 67025 316-542-3664 Acres: 1,123 Description: sand dunes, grasslands, wetlands and woodlands. Permits required for horseback riding.  

Kanopolis Reservoir State Park and Wildlife Area 200 Horsethief Road Marquette, KS 67464 913-546-2565 11.5 miles of trails in Horsethief Canyon at Kanopolis. Users: Hike, bike, horse Prairie Dog State Park and Norton Wildlife Area Box 431 Norton, KS 67654 913-877-2953 Seven-mile trail Description: Creek, woodlands, prairie and croplands. Eisenhower State Park and Milvern Wildlife Area RR 2 Box 306 Osage City, KS 66523 913-528-4102 Descriptions: grasslands, woods, wetlands and croplands 22 miles of horseback trails. Season: open year-round  

Hillsdale State Park and Wildlife Area 26001 West 255th St. Paola, KS 66071 913-783-4507 Horseback riding on several trails. Acres: 7,000 Lake Scott State Park and Wildlife Area Route 1 Box 50 Scott City, KS 67871 316-872-2061 Descriptions: artesian springs, wooded canyons and craggy bluffs Seven-mile multi-use trail Users: hike, bike, horse.  

Perry Reservoir State Park and Wildlife Area RR 1 Box 464A Valley Falls, KS 66088 913-246-3449 18 miles of trails Pomona State Park and Reservoir RR 1 Box 118 Vassar, KS 66543 913-828-4933 Description: grassland, woodland and a lake. Acres: 500 Users: hike, bike, horse Blackhawk trail32+ miles. Primitive camping, water available. 

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