Michigan Horse Council

Promoting and Protecting the Horse Industry Since 1973 

Michigan Horse Council

Promoting and Protecting Michigan's Horse Industry Since 1973

  • What better way to enjoy the beautiful State of Michigan than sitting  atop of  your favorite horse. Let’s saddle up and ride down Michigan's many equestrian trails across the state. From East to West and North to South.. Michigan has the best trails around. . No matter what level of rider you are or whether you’re looking for a short loop or an extended adventure, Michigan has the perfect trail. 

Allegan State Game Area


Nearly 50,000 acres of family fun. Pitch your tent beside a cold-running stream or deep-woods pond and relish in the tranquility that surrounds you. Two campgrounds that surround you. Now offer the Allegan County Equestrian Trail System, a 60 mile network of designated trails that allows equestrians to ride horses through the State Game Area of designated trails



Big Oaks Equestrian State Campground

Sites available on a first-come, first-serve basis. No reservations.A hilly, secluded atmosphere located on beautiful Avery Lake. Equestrian, hiking, boating and fishing opportunities. Rustic equestrian campground includes buddy sites, manure bunker, dumpster, vault toilets and potable water from well hand pump and a well with generator hook up (well pump requires a 3000-5000 watt generator).
Contact the Equestrian Friends of Big Oaks for information on the trails
 

Black Lake Trail Camp


Formally a part of Twin Lakes State Forest Campground) Group Trail Camp designed for use by equestrian campers riding within approved areas within the Black Mountain Recreation Area. Non-equestrian campers are also welcome. Rustic campround includes vault toilets and potable water from well hand pump.

Brighton Recreation Area


The park also features complete equestrian facilities, including a riding stable with rental horses, campground, staging area and 18 miles of bridle trails. Metal detecting area. Pet friendly shoreline.

Contact the Brighton Trail Riders Association  for information on the trails at Brighton 


Elba Equestrian Complex


Trail riding free. Camping available by reservation only. Campground is licensed for 25 units. Oregon Township, Lapeer.


Elk Hill Equestrian 

State Forest and Camp

This campground is located adjacent to Shore to Shore Riding/Hiking Trail and is designed to accomemodate equestrian campers. Non-equestrian campers are also welcome. There are two distinct camping Elk areas within this campground. The designated site State Forest Campground has ten sites for tent and small trailer use, six of which will accommodate 40 ft vehicle. Five of the ten sites can be reserved through the Central Reservation System (on-line or by phone) while the other five sites are available on the first come, first serve basis. Shore to Shore Riding & Hiking Trail - This 400 mile trail is maintained by the Michigan Trail Riders Association (MTRA). For Trail Maps contact the MTRA at 989-473-3205 or their Website  

Mile Trail Four Camp 


Group area designed for use by equestrian campers riding the Shore to Shore Riding/Hiking Trail. Non-equestrian campers are also welcome. Maximum capacity is for 200 individuals and can accommodate tents and small trailers.


Lake Garey Trail Camp 


Equestrian Trail Rider Groups wishing to submit an Event Permit Application for this campground are asked to contact the Cadillac Operations Service Center at 231-775-9727 ext: 6045.

Goose  Creek Trail Camp 


Group area designed for use by equestrian campers riding the Shore to Shore Riding/Hiking Trail. Non-equestrian campers are also welcome. Maximum capacity is for 200 individuals and 50 wheeled recreational vehicles. Can accommodate tents and trailers. Equestrian Trail Rider Groups wishing to submit an Event Permit Application for this campground are asked to contact the Cadillac Operations Service Center at 231-775-9727 ext: 6045. Frederic Loop Trail (1 mile East): 29 miles of cycle/ATV trail and 9 miles of full-sized vehicle ORV route. Rustic campground includes vault toilets and potable water from well hand pump. There is also a submersible pump that requires a 5000 watt generator to run. Campground is neer Goose Creek State Forest Campground. Shore to Shore Riding & Hiking Trail - This 400 mile trail is maintained by the Michigan Trail Riders Association (MTRA). For Trail Maps contact the MTRA at 989-473-3205 or their Website 



Highland State Recreation Area 


Highland Recreation Area offers 5,900 acres of forest, marshes and lakes in the rolling hills of Southern Michigan. With trails to accommodate equestrian riders, mountain bikers, hikers and skiers, there's an activity for every season in this park.

Contact the Highland Trail Riders Association for trail information

Hopkins Creek Equestrian State Forest Campground and Trail Camp 


Equestrian Trail Rider Groups wishing to submit an Event Permit Application for this campground are asked to contact the Cadillac Operations Service Center at 231-775-9727 ext: 6045.

These Rustic campground includes vault toilets and potable water from well hand pump. There is also a submersible pump that requires a 5000 watt generator to run. This Campground is near Hopkins Creek State Forest Campground.  Shore to Shore Riding & Hiking Trail - This 400 mile trail is maintained by the Michigan Trail Riders Association (MTRA). For Trail Maps contact the MTRA at 989-473-3205.




Ionia  State Recreation Area 

Rolling hills, babbling brooks, open meadows, forested ridges, a lake nestled in the hills and a river winding its way through woods and fields -- that's Ionia Recreation Area. The 4,500 acres of flat to rolling terrain is a mixture of open field, mature hardwood forest, and pine plantations. Four miles of Grand River floodplain follow the river course on the north border of the park. Dammed waterfowl floodings and other wetlands dot the park. . 15 miles of Equestrian Trails, 47 Equestrian Rustic Campsites

Johnsons Crossing Trail Camp


Equestrian Trail Rider Groups wishing to submit an Event Permit Application for this campground are asked to contact the Cadillac Operations Service Center at 231-775-9727 ext: 6045.

Shore to Shore Riding & Hiking Trail - This 400 mile trail is maintained by the Michigan Trail Riders Association (MTRA). For Trail Maps contact the MTRA at 989-473-3205.

 

Lake Dubonnet Trail Camp 


This campground is near Lake Dubonnet State Forest Campground.

Equestrian Trail Rider Groups wishing to submit an Event Permit Application for this campground are asked to contact the Cadillac Operations Service Center at 231-775-9727 ext: 6045.

Shore to Shore Riding & Hiking Trail - This 400 mile trail is maintained by the Michigan Trail Riders Association (MTRA). For Trail Maps contact the MTRA at 989-473-3205.



Marzinski Equestrian

 Trail and Campground 


This single-loop equestrian campground is adjacent to a 20-mile network trail called Marzinski Horse Trail. The campsites are all level and tucked in among mature Jack and Red pine. Some sites have hitching posts and will accommodate portable corrals. The campground is pack-it-in, pack-it-out and is pleasantly uncrowded most of the year. Open all year. Offer 21 sites, seven RV sites, vault toliets The parking aprons are dirt and gravel. The pull-throughs can accommodate large RVs. The water spigot is a handpump.

Ortonville Recreation Area 


A 25-site equestrian campground is located at the trailhead off Fox Lake Road. It is a rustic campground with vault toilets and a hand pump for water. The campground is on a first come first serve basis for campers. The campground offers no reservations, for availablity contact the park at (810)797-4439. The equestrian trails offer 6.5 miles of designated trails wandering through Hadley Hills. The day use area at Big Fish Lake offers 300 parking spaces, restroom facilities, a picnic area, two picnic shelters, a playground, horseshoe pits, and a designated swim area.

Pontiac Lake Recreation Area 


Pontiac Lake Recreation Area, with 3,745 acres of a mixture of marshes, ponds, heavy forests, old farm fields, river bottom and lakes that support a variety of animals and excellent hunting. Designated trails throughout the recreation area are available for horseback riding, hiking and mountain biking.   17 miles of Equestrian Trails and 24 Rustic Equestrian Campsites

Contact Pontiac Lake Horsemen's Association for trail information

Rapid River Trail Camp 


Group area designed for use by equestrian campers riding the Shore to Shore Riding/Hiking Trail. Non-equestrian campers welcome too. Maximum capacity is for 200 individuals and can accommodate tents and small trailers. Rustic campground includes vault toilets and potable water from well hand pump. There is also a submersible pump that requires a 5000 watt generator. 4 miles from Leetsville ORV Route (25 miles of route) Nearby Town Kalkaska (1 mile south), Food: Grocery, fast food, sit down bar, Services: Gas, auto repair laundry, bait, hunting, fishing. Special events: Kalkaska: National Trout Fest - Starts last Saturday in April, County Fair - last weekend in July.

Scheck's Place Trail Camp


Group area designed for use by equestrian campers riding the Shore to Shore Riding/Hiking Trail. Non-equestrian campers welcome too. Maximum capacity is for 200 individuals and can accommodate tents and trailers. Rustic campground includes vault toilets and potable water from well hand pump. There is also a submersible pump that requires a 500 watt generator.


Stoney Creek Trail Camp 


Group area designed for use by equestrian campers riding the Shore to Shore Riding/Hiking Trail. Non-equestrian campers are welcome. Maximum capacity is for 100 individuals and can accommodate tents and small trailers. Rustic campground includes vault toilets and potable water from well hand pump. Equestrian Trail Rider Groups wishing to submit an Event Permit Application for this campground are asked to contact the Cadillac Operations Service 
Center at 231-775-9727 ext: 6045.


Walsh Road Equestrian State Forest Campground and Trail Camp 

Campground is located adjacent to Shore to Shore Riding/Hiking Trail and is designed to accommodate equestrian campers. Non-equestrian campers are also welcome. There are 9 designated sites for tent and small trailer use available on the first come, first serve basis. The group area has a maximum capacity for 40 individuals and can accommodate tents and small trailers. Rustic campground includes vault toilets and potable water from well hand pump. There is also a submersible pump that requires a 5000 watt generator to run.

Equestrian Trail Rider Groups wishing to submit an Event Permit Application for this campground are asked to contact the Cadillac Operations Service Center at 231-775-9727 ext: 6045.



      Waterloo Recreation Area 


Fifteen miles of bridle trails provide ample horseback riding for equestrians. Bridle trails are located at E6 and E7 on the park map.  Learn more about the Horse 'N Around Stables at Waterloo Recreation Area.

Contact Waterloo Horsemen's Association for information on their trails 

Yankee Springs Recreation Area 

25 Equestrian Campsites and a 4, 6 and 9 mile loops of Equestrian Trails 

Contact Yankee Springs Trail Riders Association for  trail information
Bass River Recreation Area 

Bass River Recreation Area, a 1,665-acre site, consists of open meadows, open brush land, mature hardwoods, small ponds and 300-acre Max Lake. It has approximately three miles of frontage on the Grand River. The park is used primarily for boating, hiking, mountain biking and horse back riding.

Fort Custer Recreation Area 


Located in Augusta between Battle Creek and Kalamazoo, Fort Custer features three lakes, the Kalamazoo River, second-growth forests, prairie restoration areas, a 219-site campground, and a multi-use trail system used by mountain bikers, equestrians, hikers, and dog-sledders.

Contact Ft Custer Horse Friends Association for trail information

Kal-Haven Trail State Park 


The Kal-Haven Trail is a preferred destination for those who enjoy hiking, biking, cross county skiing and snowmobiling. There is an 11 mile parallel section where horses are allowed. The staging area for horses is at 67th street and Baseline.

Lakeland Trail State Park 


Lakelands Trail State Park is a linear trail approximately 13 miles long with a gravel surface. Lakelands is designed for hiking, bicycling, and wheelchair use on the north side and horseback riding on the south side of the trail. Motorized vehicles and hunting are prohibited.


Maybury State Park 


Maybury State Park Contains almost 1,000 acres of gently rolling terrain, open meadow, mature forest, a variety of wildlife and abundant wildflowers, the park gives people an opportunity to get involved in outdoor recreation activities in a state park setting. Contact the Maybury Trail Riders Asssociation for more information on trails 

Pinckney Recreation Area 


Pinckney Recreation Area is a paradise for backpackers, mountain bikers, anglers and other recreation enthusiasts. 8 miles of Equestrian Trails. Pinckney is known for its extensive trail system and chain of excellent fishing lakes. Over forty miles of multi-use trail with remote campsites afford a backcountry experience.. Contact the Pinckney Trail Riders Association for information on                                                                                  their trails 

Proud Lake Recreation Area


Proud Lake Recreation Area is located on the 

scenic Huron River and offers diverse and plentiful recreational opportunities. More than 20 miles of trails cover several diverse habitats. It also offers the unique River Hawk Lodge.  Contact the Proud Lake Trail Riders Association for information on their Trails

Sleepy Hollow State Park 


Sleepy Hollow State Park contains over 2,600 acres including a river winding its way through the woods, fields and trails.  There are 10.20 miles of equestrian trails 

Contact the Sleepy Hollow Trail Riders Association  for information on their trails 

Wolcott Mill Metropark 

Wolcott Mill Metropark is operated by the Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority and is located in Ray Township, Michigan.  Access to the main trail is located at the Camp Rotary entrance at 20505 29 Mile Road, between Romeo Plank and North Ave. The park owns approximately 2700 acres, consisting of a historic grist mill, a farm learning center, a group camp and Northbrook Golf Course.  Much of the acreage is currently being leased for crop farming.Contact Wolcott Mills Trail Association on information on their                                                                              trails