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.
Apple River Canyon State Park
8763 E. Canyon Road
Apple River, IL 61001
Located 2 ½ hours west of Chicago. Directions: Take I-90 West to US Rt. 20, travel west for 50 miles to
Rt. 78 North. Turn right and go 6 miles turn left onto Canyon Road. The park is well signed on Rt. 20 and
Weinburg-King State Park
P.O. Box 203
Augusta, IL 62311
Directions: 4 miles east of Augusta on state route 101 Facilities: water, toilets, pavilion, hitch rails, fire
rings, picnic tables and dump station. 19 miles of trail. Description: rolling hills, water crossings and
Wayne Fitzgerald State Park (Rend lake)
10885 E. Jefferson Rd.
Bonnie, IL 62816
Facilities: camping, water and toilets 9 miles of trails
Kankakee River State Park
5314 West Rt. 102
Bourbonnais, IL 60914
Directions: Take I-57 to Exit 315 – Bradley-Bourbonnais, take route 50 south to the first stop light –
Armour Rd., turn right and go to the 3rd stop light – route 102, turn right (west), travel 7 miles to the
park. Description: Forest and meadows. Non-potable water
Jubilee College State Park
13921 W. Rte. 150
Brimfield, IL 61517
Directions: From I-74 eastbound take the Brimfield Exit #75, turn left onto US route 150 and go 4 miles
to park entrance on left. From westbound I-74 take the Kickapoo-Edwards Exit #82, turn right go 1.5
miles to Kickapoo, turn left onto US route 150 travel 4 miles to park entrance on right. Facilities:
Primitive camping is located at the north end of the park. trees, water, (no potable water) and
toilets. Easy access. 25 miles of trails can be accessed from the campground. Description: Hilly,
wooded, water crossing
Jim Edgar Panther Creek Fish and Wildlife Area
10149 County Highway 11
Chandlerville, IL 62627
Located: 25 miles northwest of Springfield off state 125. Facilities: 51 sites, hitching rails, modern bath
house with showers and flush toilets, a barn/shelter for groups. 26 miles of trails. Users: hike, horse
Fox Ridge State Park
R.R. 1 Box 234 18175 State Park Road
Charleston, IL 61920
Directions: From I-57, take the route 16 exit go east to Charleston continue on Rt. 16, to the Intersection
of Rt. 130, turn right (South) and continue for 7 miles. From I-70, take the route 130 exit north.
Continue for 11 miles. 4 miles of horse trails.
Randolph County State Fish And Wildlife Area
4301 S. Lakeside Dr.
Chester, IL 62233
7 miles of trails
Siloam Springs State Park
R.R. 1 Box 204 938 E. 3003rd Lane
Clayton, IL 62324
Directions: From Springfield, take I-72 west to Griggsville where you will go north on route 107 for 11
miles, turn west on route 104 and continue for 15 miles to county road 2873E, turn north and continue
for 6 miles to the park entrance. Follow the park signs on route 104 to the park entrance. Facilities:
Horse camping, water, and toilets. limited electricity 23 miles of horse trails
Argyle Lake State Park
640 Argyle Park Rd.
Colchester, IL 62326
Directions: From Chicago, take either I- 80 or I- 88 west to I-74. Take I-74 south to route 34. Take route
34 west to route 67 to route 136 and go west to Colchester, continue north 2 miles on Coal Road to the
park. Horse Campground and Trails
Sand Creek Recreation Area
Macon County Conservation District
1495 Brozio Lane
Decatur, IL 62521
Phone: 217-423-7708 or 217-423-4913.
Located just south of the City of Decatur Facilities: Non-potable water, parking area and toilets
Fees No overnight camping. 7.5 miles of maintained and marked trails
Clinton Lake State Recreation Area
R.R. 1 Box 4
DeWitt, IL 61735
Directions: Take route 51 north to the 2nd stop light at Clinton (Rt. 54); turn right and follow route 54
through Clinton, continue to DeWitt. Turn right onto Hwy 14 and continue to the park which is on the
right. A ten mile equestrian trail is located on the north side of the lake east of the Parnell Access Area.
Horse trailer parking at trail head.
Bear Branch Horse Camp & Outfitter
PO Box 40, Hwy 145
Eddyville, Ill 62928
618 672 4249
Located: in the Shawnee National Forest. Facilities: Rustic Log Cabin Restaurant, Tack shop 80 sites, 40
box stalls, Cabins & Lodging
Hayes Canyon Campground
PO Box 186 Main Street
Eddyville, IL 62928
Quiet, Shady, Family Oriented camground and RV park. Campsites with water, electric, and septic hookups, and
horse/mule pens (2-4). Adjacent to Shawnee National Forest with multiple trail heads leaving right out of camp.
Saline County Conservation Area
85 Glen O. Jones Rd.
Equality, IL 62934
Facilities: camping 5 miles of trails that connects to the 56 miles of River to River trail.
Sand Ridge State Forest
P.O. Box 111
Forest City, IL 61532
Directions: Follow state route 136 to Mason County Road 2800E and turn north. Continue for 6 miles,
through the village of Forest City. After turning west this road become Mason County Road 2300N
continue to the forest. From Pekin, follow state route 29 south to the Manito Road, turn west and go to
Manito, which is about 20 miles. In Manito, turn right onto Mason County Road 2500N. Go 6 miles to the
Franklin Creek State Park
1872 Twist Rd.
Franklin Grove, IL 61031
Located between Rochelle and Dixon, just north on state route 38. From Franklin Grove, turn north on
Daysville Road and go one block to Old Mill Road, turn left (west) on Old Mill Road and proceed one mile
to the State Natural Area. Facilities: picnic shelter, restrooms, drinking water, and six miles of trails.
Ferne Clyffe State Park
Rt.37 P.O. Box 10
Goreville, IL 62939
Directions: From I-57 south, take the Goreville exit, #40, turn left (east), go 5 miles and turn right onto
state route 37, park entrance located 1 mile south of Goreville. From I-24, take exit #7 (Goreville),
turn west and go 2 miles to state route 37, turn left (south) and go ½ mile to park entrance. Facilities:
Class C Equestrian campground, 25 well-shaded sites, with picnic tables, drinking water, grills, toilets,
parking and showers. 10.5 miles of trails. Trails are closed to horses from November 1 to April 30
Pere Marquette State Park
P.O. Box 158, Route 100
Grafton, IL 62037
Facilities: 12 miles of equestrian trails and a parking for trailers. Contact the Visitor Center to make
arrangements before coming to the park to ride.