Horseback Riding in Northwest Wisconsin
A leisurely way to see and experience the beauty of the northwoods is by horseback.
Trails wind through incredible hardwood forests, along scenic lakes, and offer views that can only be seen by foot, or hoof in this case. Many offer trailside lodging, camping and other services.
Brule River State Forest
Length: 14 Miles. Horseback riders can enjoy miles of trails within the Brule River State Forest, including the Brule-St. Croix Snowmobile Trail, hunter walking trails and numerous back roads. Fee/Pass Required: Yes.
Copper Park Equestrian Trails
Length: 10 miles. 10 miles of equestrian trails on the former Flambeau Mine. Varied terrain including woods, prairie, agriculture, and portions along the banks of the Flambeau River. Trailhead includes a picnic area, trailer/truck parking, and tie-ups.
Douglas County Wildlife Area/County Forest
Length: 15 Miles/1,200 miles. 15 miles of designated horse trails through a gently rolling prairie landscape. Corrals and stables are available for public rental. Riders may share the 1,200 miles of roads and trails meandering evergreen and hardwood forests in the 278,000-acre County Forest. Fee/Pass Required: No.
Dugan Run Horse Trails & Campgrounds
Length: 30+ Miles. Over 30 miles of equestrian loops through gently rolling hardwood ridges. North and South trailhead. Campgrounds, bathrooms, parking, pavilion, grills, and hand pump for water available. Fee/Pass Required: No (camping fee only).
Governor Knowles State Forest
Length: 14 miles. Snowmobile/horseback trail in Burnett and Polk counties. Out-and-back trail in enchanted forest with stunning vistas and access to the St. Croix River and quaint, natural water pools.
Governor Knowles State Forest
Trade River Horse Trails are located on the northwest section of Polk County. There are 40 miles of maintained and marked trails, which wind through a variety of terrains and different forest types. A Wisconsin State Trail Pass is required for riders 16 and over.
A leisurely way to see and experience the beauty of the northwoods is by horseback. Trails wind through incredible hardwood forests, along scenic lakes, and offer views that can only be seen by foot, or hoof in this case. Many offer trailside lodging, camping and other services.
Hay Meadow Trail
Length 22 miles. Gravel parking, toilets, fire pits and tie lines. The equestrian trails wind through scenic northern hardwood forests. Riders will pass many lakes, ponds, and woodland streams on the scenic trails. Bring drinking water for yourself and your animals. Fee/Pass Required: No.
Holy Cross Trail
Length: 6 miles. Trail system designed by equestrians, especially for equestrians and horse cart drivers (keyed entry). Hitching rails, shelter, picnic area, water, toilets and dispersed camping (permit required). Moderately hilly trail through a variety of timber types. Fee/Pass Required: No.
Horseshoe Lake Saddle Trail
Length: 12 miles. Scenic and gently rolling, the trail passes through hardwoods and pine forests with some open areas. These two loops are easy for anyone to navigate and can be ridden in one day.
Trail Difficulty: Easy to Moderate. Fee/pass required: Yes.
Lake Wissota State Park
Length: 7 miles. Trails available in the park for daytime horseback riding. Horse rental is not available in or near the park.
Narrow Gauge Trail
Length: 6 miles. Trail, parking, and primitive camp system in the Narrow Gauge area of Bear Lake township on county forest land. Offers nearly 6 miles of riding. Managed by the Barron County Horse Trail Association.
Old Abe Trail
Length: 6 miles. Alongside part of the paved trail is 6 miles of beautiful equestrian trail. The trail winds through agricultural and forestland while following the undeveloped shoreline of the Chippewa River.
Pine Line Rail Trail
Length: 28 miles. View the terminal moraine left by glaciers 12,000 years ago, plus picturesque dairy farms, hardwood forests, pine stands, and abundant wildlife.
Saunders State Trail
Length: 8 Miles. The trail begins near the town of Saunders and passes through several communities. The entire trail is open to horseback riding. The trail is not groomed or surfaced and may be rough or soft in many sections. Riders must share the trail with motorized vehicles. Fee/Pass Required: Yes.
Smith Rapids Saddle Trail
Length: 16 miles. Description: Along the banks of the South Fork of the Flambeau River, this trail offers open vistas and opportunities to view wildlife. Picnic area nearby with water available. The trail is peaceful, relatively flat and traverses various forest types. Fee/Pass Required: No.
Tri-County Recreational Corridor
Ashland, Bayfield & Douglas Counties
Length: 60 miles. Multi-Use Trail parallels Hwy 2 and stretches from Superior to Ashland. The tri-county corridor is an abandoned rail bed trail of pea-sized limestone gravel. Many miles of forest roads and trails are open to horseback riding in Bayfield County in addition to the Tri-County Corridor.
Tuscobia State Trail
Sawyer & Washburn Counties
Length: 56 miles. A reclaimed railroad trail, not groomed or surfaced and may be rough or soft in spots. Users share the trail with motorized vehicles. Fee/Pass Required: No.