Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding

 

Arkansas State Parks maintains over 60 miles of bridle trails. Bring your horse for an equestrian adventure on state park trails and adjoining national forest lands. Six parks offer equestrian trails in Arkansas. A horse camp is provided at Devil's Den State Park, and stables at Village Creek State Park. Three parks, Pinnacle Mountain, DeGray Lake Resort and Lake Catherine, offer guided trail rides. These equestrian parks offer a wide variety of trails and amenities for riders.

 

DEGRAY LAKE RESORT STATE PARK—Guided trail rides are offered seasonally. Experience nature by horseback as you ride along quiet woodland trails with views of DeGray Lake. Stables are open daily during summer and on weekends in spring and fall. Contact DeGray Lake Resort for details, prices, and reservations.

 

DEVIL'S DEN STATE PARK—Nestled deep in a picturesque Ozarks Mountain valley and featuring a little over 20 miles of equestrian trails, Devil's Den State Park is one of Arkansas's most scenic and popular sites for horseback riding. Trails lead through the natural beauty of the surrounding oak/hickory forest to historic sites, scenic vistas, waterfalls, and huge boulder gardens. Devil's Den trails vary in length and difficulty giving riders the opportunity to choose among them. The park offers a horse camp with water and electricity at each site. The horse camp also includes a modern bathhouse with hot showers and flush toilets. Reservations are accepted. Free trail maps are available at the park visitor center.

 

HOBBS STATE PARK-CONSERVATION AREA—Four major loops combine to shape 24 miles of challenging multi-use trails (open to equestrians, mountain bikers and hikers) which wind around ridge tops and descend to the bottom of the Hobbs wooded hollows. The trails are open to horses year-round except during extreme wet conditions. Call the park for trail conditions and closings at: 479-789-5000.

 

LAKE CATHERINE STATE PARK—Guided trail rides are offered seasonally. Mountain trails lead you through a variety of habitats, including pine forests and mixed hardwood glades. Stables are open daily during summer and on weekends in spring and fall. Contact Lake Catherine for details, prices, and reservations.

 

MOUNT MAGAZINE STATE PARK—Arkansas's tallest mountain is the site of Huckleberry Mountain Trail, a multi-use trail spanning 34 miles for use by horsemen, ORV's, mountain bikers and backpackers. There are three loops that cross creeks and connect 2,753-foot Mount Magazine with Huckleberry Mountain. Camping on Mount Magazine is allowed on the portions of trail within the Ozark National Forest.

 

PINNACLE MOUNTAIN STATE PARK—Guided trail rides are offered daily except Tuesdays from March 1st until the end of October from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. except during times of inclement weather. Ride through the forest bottoms below Pinnacle Mountain.

 

VILLAGE CREEK STATE PARK—Horseback riding has become a popular pastime at this park, the second largest park in land area in the Arkansas state park system. Twenty-five miles of multi-use trails (open to bicycles and hikers) wind through the rolling hills and hardwood forest of Crowley's Ridge. Horse trails are open year-round except in extreme wet conditions. Call the park for trail conditions and closings. A horse camp with stalls is open year-round.