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.
Wayne National Forest USDA Forest Service 219 Columbus Road Athens, OH 45701-1399 Phone: 614-592-6644 Strouds Run State Park 11661 State Park Road Athens, OH 45701 8.5-mil equestrian trail. Paint Creek State Park 14265 U.S. Route 50 Bainbridge, OH 45612 Voice: 513.365.140 Facilities: 15 camp sites, potable water; toilets 26 miles of well-marked trails Fees: Description: streams, hills, woods and meadows
Tanglewood Acres 2779 Pike Lake Road Bainbridge, OH 45612 614.493.3142 Located 800′ north of Pike Lake State Park Faciilities 50 sites (25 with electrical hook up); flush toilets and hot showers, Gift shop, Dairy Bar, firewood, Scheduled rides, group rides; group rates. 50 miles of trails in the Pike Lake State Forest very well marked
BARKCAMP STATE PARK 65330 Barkcamp Road Belmont, Ohio 43718 740-484-4064. Directions: Take I-70 Exit 208, state route 149 south about 2 miles. Park is on your left. Description: The horse camp is located in the general camping area. Trails: 3 with 20 miles rolling hills; mostly single-track Elect and water hookups
Horse Camp Facilities: Water, Tie-up East Fork State Park P.O. Box 119, Bethel, OH, 45106, Phone: 513-734-4323 Directions: From Williamsburg, travel west on Old Route 32 follow signs. 17-site horsemen’s camp Harrison State Forest Bloomingdale, Ohio 614-264-5671. primitive campsites no water toilets 10 miles of trails
Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area 15610 Vaughn Road Brecksville, OH, 44141 Phone: 216-526-5256 Description – 33,000 acres along 22 miles of the Cuyahoga River between Cleveland and Akron, Ohio. The park can be accessed from Interstates 77 and 271. Users: bike, hike, horse
Great Seal State Park c/o Scioto Trail State Park, 144 Lake Road, Chillicothe, OH, 45601-9478, Phone: 740-633-2125 Directions: From Chillicothe follow State Route 159 north to Delano Road, turn right and go to Marietta Road intersection; turn right into the park entrance. Follow signs to multi-use campground. Campground is convenient to the horse trails Sugarloaf Mountain Trail , a 2.1-mile yellow blazed route through dense forests and over rugged terrain; the Ridge Trail, a blue-blazed 7.8-mile rough route; and Mt. Ives Trail, 6.4-mile orange blazes trail offering scenic vistas. Horse facilities: Tie rails, potable water Level gravel pads for Rigs
Hueston Woods State Park 6301 Park Office Road College Corner, OH, 45003 Phone: 513-523-6347 Directions: From Oxford, follow State Route 732 north, main entrance in 5 miles. horsemen’s camping is north of the lake Six miles of trails and a horsemen’s camp are located off S.R. 177 on Four Mile Valley Road.