Our expanded trails room is on the west side of the vendor area mid way down the isle. Once you see this sign of the horse and rider, you are there!
Stop and say hi to Kathy Glew at the Beekman Therapeutic Riding Center table (T14) or the Horses For Hope Table (T13) as you are walking in between them. You can also find the room here on the Floorplan Map.
Once inside you will find a horse camp with picket line, horse and more. While you’re there learn how to tie knots needed for securing horses to picket lines from Bill and Cricket Nelson. We’ve found the bank robbers knot to be the favorite. Ask Bill why they call it that and how to tie it!
Talk with Robert Eversole, The Trailmeister, www.thetrailmeister.com
Meet Kevin Davis, learn about the great facilities and trails at Mammoth Cave Horse Park in Kentucky www.mammothcavehorsepark.com
Listen to the Cowboy music and poetry of Les “Chip” Frick
Visit with personnel from Michigan DNR, and learn about the many, many miles of equestrian trails on state land, in state parks and state recreation areas, including:
- Bass River Recreation Area – 6 miles of trails are shared with mountain bikes and hikers
- Brighton Recreation Area – 18 miles of trails, riding rentals, a stable, equestrian camping and a staging area
- Fort Custer Recreation Area – 12 miles of trails are shared with hiker
- Highland Recreation Area – 12 miles of trails, riding rentals, a stable and equestrian camping
- Ionia State Recreation Area – 15 miles of trails and equestrian camping
- Lakelands Trail State Park – 13-mile linear trail shared with other uses (equestrian riders use south side of the trail)
- Maybury State Park – 11 miles of bridle trails, riding rentals and a stable
- Ortonville Recreation Area – 8.5 miles of trails and equestrian camping
- Pinckney Recreation Area – 8 miles of trails, a staging area and a stable
- Pontiac Lake State Recreation Area – 17 miles of trails, equestrian camping, riding rentals and a stable
- Proud Lake Recreation Area – 9 miles of equestrian/mountain bike trail
- Sleepy Hollow State Park – 10.2 miles of trails
- Waterloo Recreation Area – 15 miles of trails, riding rentals and equestrian camping
- Yankee Springs Recreation Area – trails and equestrian camping
Here’s your chance to explore what both Oakland County Parks and Genesee County Parks have to offer for equestrian trails and camping:
Oakland County Parks and Recreation
1480 West Romeo Road
Leonard, MI 48367
Addison Oaks is a 1,140-acre natural oasis close to home where visitors can recreate for the day, camp under the stars or explore the park’s rich history. Campers can stay on individual sites or in group camping areas, yurts or cabins. Activities include a 20+ mile trail system for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking and winter fat tire biking; swimming, boat/kayak and bike rentals, disc golf, fishing, geocaching, picnicking and group picnic shelters.
6555 Milford Road
Highland, MI 48442
Located within the Shiawassee River headwaters, Highland Oaks preserves sensitive habitat while providing recreation experiences. The park’s 302 acres of rolling hills, wetlands and old pastures offers 2.5 miles of trails for hiking, horseback riding, geocaching and cross-country skiing, as well as fishing from an accessible floating dock. Archery deer hunting is allowed in designated areas. Equestrian trailer parking is on North Milford Road, ½ mile north of White Lake Road. A second parking lot is located off Milford Road.
10501 Buckhorn Lake Road
Holly, MI 48442
Several glacial lakes within Rose Oaks provide contrast to the gently rolling open meadows and wooded uplands. This 640-acre undeveloped park is a favorite of equestrians who explore its five miles of trails including accessible boardwalks and floating docks, which are also shared by hikers, cyclists, geocachers and cross-country skiers. Fishing is permitted and non-motorized boats and electric-motor boats are allowed; carry-in only. General parking on Buckhorn Lake Road; equestrian parking at the Fish Lake Road lot.
Elba Equestrian Complex
1875 N. Elba Road
Lapeer, MI 48446
Genesee County Parks is home to two of the finest equestrian facilities in Southeast Michigan, One is the Elba Equestrian Complex. Bring your horse and ride through 4,540 acres of natural beauty and around a small inland lake. You can even camp overnight with your horses at this location.
Everett A. Cummings Event Center
6130 E. Mt. Morris Road
Mt. Morris, MI 48458
At the Everett A. Cummings Event Center experience 690 acres of hiking or trail riding along the banks of the Flint River and through wooded landscapes. We’re also known for our equestrian areas. The Everett A. Cummings Event Center is the site of the Genesee County Fair and is equipped with 100 group campsites, restrooms, show facilities, ample parking, two outdoor arenas, one indoor arena, trail riding and over 160 stalls.
Both Elba Equestrian Complex and Everett A. Cummings Event Center regularly host local and statewide equestrian events, so advance reservations are necessary. To reserve your Elba campsite, or to host an event at either Elba or the Cummings Event Center, please contact the Parks reservation office at 810.736.7100 ext. 6 or 800.648.PARK.
- Bicycles are not allowed on trails.
- Trail riding is free.
Trail Support Organizations:
Visit with Trail Support Organizations, learn about the valuable work they do to maintain and keep equestrians trails and campgrounds in their special park or recreation area. Those who will be in the Trails Room include:
Great Lakes Distance Riding Assn.
The Great Lakes Distance Riding Association (GLDRA) is dedicated to the education and promotion of equestrian competitive distance riding event participation throughout the state of Michigan. The Competitive Trail (CTR), Limited Distance (LD) and Endurance distance rides in Michigan are sanctioned by the Upper Midwest Endurance and Competitive Ride Association (UMECRA). Our Endurance and Limited Distance rides are also sanctioned by American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC).
Fort Custer Horse Friends Assn.
Fort Custer Horse Friends Association is a group that formed to promote and maintain an equestrian presence in the park and to meet with like-minded riders for fun and fellowship. We work with the other groups in the park to maintain trails and bring concerns of the park users to the Park Administration. We are working toward having equestrian camping at Fort Custer but that is a long-term goal. In the meantime we enjoy what we have – some of the best trails in Michigan!
Proud Lake Trail Riders
Mission Statemen: To Preserve, Promote, Improve and Expand the horse trail network in Proud Lake Recreation Area and the State of Michigan by developing good communication and work relationships with the Department of Natural Resources and the surrounding community for horseback riding purposes.
Equestrian Friends of Big Oaks
Equestrian Friends of Big Oaks was formed by equestrians in partnership with the DNR. The friends group is dedicated solely to the maintenance and stewardship of Avery Lake Trails and Big Oaks Equestrian State Campground. EFBO provided valuable input and helped shape site details from the inception, making it easier for planners to build an equestrian friendly camping and riding experience. They look forward to many more years of dedicated service to help the project continue to improve and grow.
This rustic state forest campground is located on beautiful Avery Lake and includes equestrian, hiking, boating and fishing opportunities. The equestrian campground is located in Montmorency County, 10 miles southwest of Atlanta via Co Road 487 and Avery Lake Road. The campground is managed by Clear Lake State Park.
Special! Special! Special!
Enter a drawing to win a week’s camping for you and your horse at the 5-Star Rated Mammoth Cave Horse Camp!
Drawing will be held at 4:30 p.m., Sunday, March 12! You do NOT need to be present to win!