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