Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Horseback Riding Trails - Missouri

If you know of some good trails in the Midwest that you can't find on this or the other trails pages on this site, please post your information in the comments section!


Southwest Missouri



Pleasant Hope Conservation Area:   (7.70 trail miles)   (Brighton, Missouri) - View on Google Maps. Easy trails and terrain, with a couple of creek crossings. This area also contains a shooting range, so be prepared if your horse is not use to loud noises (a great learning experience for green horses!) 7.7 miles of designated trails used for horseback riding and hiking. Read more at Horseback Riding Trails - Missouri Conservation Areas - Pleasant Hope.

Wilson Creek National Battlefield:   (Brookline, Missouri) - View on Google Maps.

Lake of the Ozarks State Park:   (16.75 trail miles)   (Kaiser, Missouri) - View on Google Maps. Lake of the Ozarks State Park has three horseback-riding trails, including the 13.5-mile Trail of Four Winds, which crosses almost every kind of natural community in the park. Read more at Horseback Riding Trails - Missouri State Parks - Lake of the Ozarks.

Bushwhacker Lake Conservation Area:   (6.60 trail miles)   (Bronaugh, Missouri) - View on Google Maps. There is a 6.6 mile horse/hiking trail located southeast of the lake. The trail is closed to horseback riding during all Deer and Turkey hunting seasons (see Area Regulations for deer and turkey hunting dates). Read more at Horseback Riding Trails - Missouri Conservation Areas - Bushwhacker Lake.

Busiek State Forest & Wildlife Area:   (18.00 trail miles)   (Highlandville, Missouri) - View on Google Maps. The West Trail System and East Trail System both have moderate terrain and are multii-use (Hike/Bike/Horse). The West is an 8 mile trail and the East is a 10 mile trail. Read more at Horseback Riding Trails - Missouri Conservation Areas - Busiek.

Compton Hollow Conservation Area:   (5.50 trail miles)   (Rogersville, Missouri) - View on Google Maps. Horseback riding is allowed on service roads and designated trails. Closed to use during Spring Turkey season and Fall Firearms Deer seasons. Read more at Horseback Riding Trails - Missouri Conservation Areas - Compton Hollow.

Flag Spring Conservation Area:   (11.30 trail miles)   (Washburn, Missouri) - View on Google Maps. This area is mainly forestland. Facilities/features: primitive camping, firearms range, 13 fishless ponds, and Flag Spring. Horseback riding is permitted on the multi-use (hike/bike/horse) trail. Read more at Horseback Riding Trails - Missouri Conservation Areas - Flag Spring.

Fort Crowder Conservation Area:   (11.00 trail miles)   (Neosho, Missouri) - View on Google Maps. 11 miles of multi-use (hike/bike/horse) trail and service roads. Read more at Horseback Riding Trails - Missouri Conservation Areas - Fort Crowder.

Huckleberry Ridge Conservation Area:   (17.30 trail miles)   (Pineville, Missouri) - View on Google Maps. Horseback riding is permitted on Huckleberry Ridge Trail (Difficult), a multi-use (hike/bike/horse) trail. Read more at Horseback Riding Trails - Missouri Conservation Areas - Huckleberry Ridge.

Lead Mine Conservation Area:   (22.20 trail miles)   (Tunas, Missouri) - View on Google Maps. Five multi-use (hike/bike/horse) trails open to horseback riding, ranging from moderate to difficult terrain. Read more at Horseback Riding Trails - Missouri Conservation Areas - Lead Mine.

Pomme De Terre Lake Management Lands:   (Bolivar, Missouri) - View on Google Maps. Multi-use trailhead at Bolivar access, open to horseback riding, hiking, bicycling. Read more at Horseback Riding Trails - Missouri Conservation Areas - Pomme De Terre.

Stockton Lake Management Lands:   (14.00 trail miles)   (Bolivar, Missouri) - View on Google Maps. Hulston Mill multi-use (hike/bike/horse) trail is open to horseback riding. Riders MUST stay on the designated trail. Read more at Horseback Riding Trails - Missouri Conservation Areas - Stockton Lake.

Robert E. Talbot Conservation Area:   (10.50 trail miles)  (Miller, Missouri)  - View on Google Maps. 10.5 miles of multi-use (hike/bike/horse) trail open to horseback riding. Read more at Horseback Riding Trails - Missouri Conservation Areas - Talbot.

Wire Road Conservation Area:   (3.70 trail miles)   (Crane, Missouri) - View on Google Maps. A 1.3 mile trail and a 2.4 mile multi-use (hike/bike/horse) trail are designated for horseback riding. Horses are strictly forbidden from entering Crane Creek. Read more at Horseback Riding Trails - Missouri Conservation Areas - Wire Road.



Southeast Missouri



Babler State Park:   (6.00 trail miles)   (Wildwood, Missouri) - View on Google Maps. Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park near St. Louis has a six-mile trail that takes riders by the historic stables, an outstanding example of the beautiful stonework done by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. Read more at Horseback Riding Trails - Missouri State Parks - Babler.

Sam A. Baker State Park:   (16.75 trail miles)   (Patterson, Missouri) - View on Google Maps. Riders are welcome at Sam A. Baker State Park on portions of the Mudlick Trail, which goes through the St. Francois Mountains, one of the oldest mountain regions in North America. The trail goes from Big Creek Valley to the top of Mudlick Mountain. Equestrian campsites available. Read more at Horseback Riding Trails - Missouri State Parks - Sam Baker.

Castlewood State Park:   (13.50 trail miles)   (Ballwin, Missouri) - View on Google Maps. Castlewood State Park has two equestrian trails, the popular Chubb Trail, with connections to two St. Louis County parks, and the Grotpeter Trail, which heads uphill to the top of a long ridge. Read more at Horseback Riding Trails - Missouri State Parks - Castlewood.

Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park:   (10.00 trail miles)   (Middlebrook, Missouri) - View on Google Maps. I have been to this park many times - extremely beautiful surroundings and many outdoor activities. This is one of my favorite parks, but I haven't ridden the trails yet so have no first-hand knowledge of them. Riders can enjoy some of the state park system's most spectacular scenery on the 10-mile Goggins Mountain Equestrian Trail at Johnson's Shut-ins State Park. The trail passes through a 5,000-acre wild area with several rocky creek crossings. Read more at Horseback Riding Trails - Missouri State Parks - Johnson's Shut-Ins.

Lake Wappapello State Park:   (12.75 trail miles)   (Williamsville, Missouri) - View on Google Maps. It is recommended that you travel this trail counter clockwise. You can experience shoreline views, open fields and cherty Ozark hillsides. The trail leaves park property and crosses other public lands. There are connectors to other public trails. Certain portions of the trail are closed to overnight camping and overnight equestrian use is not allowed. The trailhead at the end of Wappapello Trail Road has a large equestrian trailer parking lot. Read more at Horseback Riding Trails - Missouri State Parks - Lake Wappapello.

Route 66 State Park:   (7.25 trail miles)   (Eureka, Missouri) - View on Google Maps. The trails at Route 66 State Park mostly follow old roadways, so riding is permitted in all weather. Read more at Horseback Riding Trails - Missouri State Parks - Route 66.

St. Francois State Park:   (10.50 trail miles)   (Bonne Terre, Missouri) - View on Google Maps. This trail traverses much of the undeveloped 2,256-acre Coonville Creek Wild Area. It includes a southern loop and a northern loop, which are connected by white connector 1, which is marked with white blazes. In addition, there is a .60-mile backpack camp spur located on the south loop. This moderately difficult trail contains water crossings and steep inclines in some places. This trail illustrates the type of wild, undeveloped landscape that characterizes wild areas in state parks. Read more at Horseback Riding Trails - Missouri State Parks - St. Francois.

St. Joe State Park:   (17.00 trail miles)   (Park Hills, Missouri) - View on Google Maps. Two equestrian trails - the Pine Ridge Trail is a 13 mile loop, and the Hickory Ridge Trail is a 4 mile loop, both of which intersect with other trails. Near the Pine Ridge Trail is the Equestrian Staging Area which includes a paved parking lot to accommodate large rigs, picnic tables, barbecue grills, a vault toilet, hitching posts, trash cans and a recycling can. Campers in Campground 2 have access from the basic loop and the electric loop. Read more at Horseback Riding Trail - Missouri State Parks - St. Joe.

Trail of Tears State Park:   (10.00 trail miles)   (Jackson, Missouri) - View on Google Maps. This trail explores Indian Creek Wild Area, one of the most remote parts of the park. It consists of two loops with white connector 3 linking both loops, which is marked with black and white. In general, Peewah Trail is moderately difficult and offers a wide range of possibilities for both day use and overnight stays. Read more at Horseback Riding Trails - Missouri State Parks - Trail of Tears.

Angeline Conservation Area:   (25.00 trail miles)   (Summersville, Missouri) - View on Google Maps. This rugged forest and old fields area has a hiking trail and 25 miles of field roads open to horseback riders. It also offers access to the Jacks Fork and Current Rivers. Points of interest include a scenic overlook on Highway 19, the headquarters for the Eminence forestry district office, Bay Creek Shooting Range, Flat Rock Lookout Tower, Lick Log Hollow Nature Trail a one mile interpretive hike and a day use Equestrian loop trail system that is 9.5 miles long. Read more at Horseback Riding Trails - Missouri Conservation Areas - Angeline.

Apple Creek Conservation Area:   (5.00 trail miles)   (Jackson, Missouri) - View on Google Maps. Horseback riding is restricted to the multi-use (Hike/Bike/Horse) Apple Creek Trail (moderate). Read more at Horseback Riding Trails - Missouri Conservation Areas - Apple Creek.


Northeast Missouri



Cuivre River State Park:   (11.25 trail miles)   (Troy, Missouri) - View on Google Maps. Cuivre River State Park allows equestrian use on both loops of the Cuivre River Trail. Read more at Horseback Riding Trails - Missouri State Parks - Cuivre.

Rock Bridge Memorial State Park:   (8.50 trail miles)   (Columbia, Missouri) - View on Google Maps. Horseback riding is permitted on the 8.5-mile Gans Creek Wild Area Trail in Rock Bridge Memorial State Park only when the trail is dry. Read more at Horseback Riding Trails - Missouri State Parks - Rock Bridge Memorial.



Northwest Missouri



Crowder State Park:   (8.60 trail miles)   (Trenton, Missouri) - View on Google Maps. At Crowder State Park, the Thompson River Trail on the open low-lying floodplain of the Thompson River, is open to riders. Read more at Horseback Riding Trails - Missouri State Parks - Crowder.

Katy Trail State Park:   (40.00 trail miles)   (Sedalia to Clinton, Missouri) - View on Google Maps. From Sedalia to Clinton, MO trail is over 40 miles - Horses are permitted on the section of Katy Trail State Park between the State Fairgrounds at Sedalia and Clinton. Read more at Horseback Riding Trails - Missouri State Parks - Katy Trail.

Knob Noster State Park:   (7.50 trail miles)   (Knob Noster, Missouri) - View on Google Maps. Knob Noster State Park has an equestrian trail system. Read more at Horseback Riding Trails - Missouri State Parks - Knob Noster.

Watkins Mill State Park:   (4.00 trail miles)   (Lawson, Missouri) - View on Google Maps. This trail traverses oak-hickory forest on the west side and stands of red cedar on the east side. A center trail on the north end is a more open, grassy area that follows a ridge on a gentle slope down to a creek. It intersects the east trail, and then a little farther on, the west side of the trail. Watch for loose rocks and steep slopes when approaching the two creek crossings. Some trail areas may be rutted, particularly on the extreme northwest and northeast sections. Trail conditions will be muddy after moderate rain and snowfall. In addition, the trail has a white connector and a blue connector that can be used to shorten or extended your hike or ride. Read more at Horseback Riding Trail - Missouri State Parks - Watkins Mill.

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