Illinois May 23, 2018
Take These 8 Scenic Horse Trails In Illinois For A Peaceful Ride
If you or someone you know owns a horse, we’ve got a fun activity for you. These eight lovely horse trails are all wonderful paths for you to lead your own pony down. You’ll feel a million miles outside of Illinois on these unique equestrian adventures.
Even if you don’t have a horse, these trails are some of your best bets for seeing one. Check them out:
1. Lusk Creek Trail to Indian Kitchen
Located near Eddyville in the Lusk Creek Wilderness of the Shawnee National Forest, this trail is a 3.8-mile path that passes old cemeteries, homes, roads, and more. Once the trail forks, go to the left to find the horse corral. Visitors enjoy magnificent views of cliffs and forestry that are known for making the southern part of the state magnificent.
2. Palos Orange Trail
Open year round, this Red Gate Woods trail is located near Willow Springs on the southwest side of Chicagoland. It is a 5.3-mile loop trail that goes deep into the woods and passes a lake and jungle-like forestry.
3. Kickapoo State Park Trail
East of Champaign in Central Illinois, this long 8.3-mile trail takes hikers, bikers, and horse riders past Clear Lake where boating is enjoyed. It is also known as "Clear Pond" and is a peaceful oasis for horseback riding.
4. Cap Sauers and Swallow Cliff Loop Trail
Located in Cook County, this 7.6-mile loop trail is located near Palos Park in the Sag Valley Forest Preserve. One of the best horse trails in the state, this one takes visitors past Little Calumet River and a number of other natural sights.
5. Jubilee College Loop Trail
Situated northwest of Peoria near the town of Brimfield, this 6.9-mile loop trail is best when used between March and October. In addition to horseback riding, visitors enjoy biking, hiking, and bird watching. It is found on the Jubilee College campus.
6. Potawatomi Trail Loop
Also near Peoria, this amazing 2.3-mile loop trail is part of McNaughton Park, which is located along the Illinois River in Central Illinois. Most of the trail is moderate and open year round, and there are some longer paths for travelers to choose from.
7. Indian Point Trail
Part of the Garden of Gods Wilderness in the Shawnee National Forest, this trail is for all skill levels. Dogs, horses, and kids of all ages love this place for its scenic views, sprawling paths, and tranquil atmosphere.
8. Jackson Falls Trail
Possibly the most gorgeous of all the horse trails in Illinois, this 3.7-mile path leads to a waterfall. Part of the Shawnee National Forest, this year round trail is located near the town of McCormick.
Need more of a solo hiking experience? Leave your horse at home and check out these
seven hiking trails in Illinois that lead to pieces of history.
What other state parks have amazing horse trails? Share your favorite spots to ride with us in the comments below.