Horseback Trail Riding in Jacksonville
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Trail Riding in Jacksonville
and Northeast Florida.
areas described below offer Northeast Florida horse trail riding
facilities for experienced horseback riders with their own horses. To find guided
horse trail rides with horses provided, horse rentals or beach
horseback riding, click here.
The best horseback
trail riding in Duval, Baker, Clay, St Johns, Nassau, and Putnam
counties in picturesque Northeast Florida. Enjoy your weekend horse
trail rides in one of Florida's equestrian friendly parks. Proof of a current
Coggins test is required on all state property.
Best Horseback Trail Riding in Northeast Florida
Jennings National Forest features some of the best horseback riding trails that can be found in northeast
Florida and covers areas in both Clay and Duval counties. The 24,000
acre forest features 15 different natural biological communities, each
with unique plants, animals, and physical characteristics. This results
in an abundance of wildlife residing in the forest. Horse riding trails
and trail heads are indicated on the Map
The Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail Trail is a 100 foot wide Right-of-Way (ROW) currently extending approximately 14.5 miles from Imeson Road in Jacksonville to the Town of Baldwin. A 12’ wide paved trail currently exists for hikers, bikers and roller-bladers to enjoy. An equestrian trail parallels the paved trail. The ROW is flat and passes through rural areas with abundant plant life, wildlife and trees.. Map
Amelia Island State Park is on Amelia Island near Jacksonville, Florida. The park protects over
200 acres of unspoiled wilderness along the southern tip of Amelia
Island. Beautiful beaches, salt marshes and coastal maritime forests
provide visitors a glimpse of the original Florida.
conservation area’s importance is magnified by its closeness to the St.
Johns River and the Jacksonville metropolitan area. Featuring
equestrian horse trails, the conservation area runs along the western
bank of the St. Johns River, east of U.S. 17, south of State Road (SR)
16 in Clay County, just southeast of Green Cove Springs and 12 miles
south of Jacksonville. Equestrian trail heads may be found on the Map
Clay County, about one mile east of Middleburg, along the south bank of
Black Creek. This tract consists primarily of natural woodlands and
wetlands. Horseback riding is allowed on many conservation areas on
equestrian horse trails in designated areas and established roads and
fire lines, except where restricted by signs. Check area maps for horse
riding opportunities. Map
Six miles south of Palatka in Putnam County, bounded on the east by the
St. Johns River and on the south by the Ocklawaha River. The area is
located at the confluence of the Ocklawaha and St. Johns rivers. The
area helps the restoration of these two major rivers and protects
threatened and endangered species. The management area is a large,
diverse tract which connects the Cross Florida Greenway with the Ocala
National Forest. Equestrian horse trails are available in designated
areas. Check area maps for horse riding opportunities. Map
Cary State Forest located in northeastern Florida near Jacksonville in Nassau and Duval
Counties. Horseback riding is a popular activity on the forest and is
allowed on all open forest roads as well as two designated eight mile
horse riding trails. The 12 mile Fireline Trail and Red Root Trail takes
horse riders through many different forest ecosystems which include:
mature longleaf pine stands, immature slash pine stands and basin
Situated on the east side of Dunns Creek, west of State Road (SR) 100
and east of U.S. 17, at the north end of Crescent Lake, approximately
eight miles south of Palatka in Putnam County. The majority of the area
is floodplain swamp and hydric hammock, which protects about five miles
of shoreline on Dunns Creek. Pine flatwoods and upland mixed forests
with small strand swamps and dome swamps are interspersed. Equestrian
horse trails are available. See the map for horse riding trail heads. Map
Equestrian horse riding
trails in the St. Johns River Management District near Palatka,
Florida. This area encompasses nearly two miles of Newmans Lake
shoreline and parts of its two major tributaries — Hatchet Creek and
Little Hatchet Creek — protecting a large area of floodplain wetlands.
The conservation area also includes numerous isolated wetlands such as
depression marshes, dome swamps and a large basin swamp known locally
as Gum Root Swamp. Horse riding is allowed on many conservation areas
on trails in designated areas and established roads and fire lines,
except where restricted by signs. Check area maps for horse riding
Located midway between fast-growing Jacksonville and St. Augustine.
Horse riding is permitted on most named and numbered roads, established
trails and fire lanes. Horse riding is prohibited during archery,
muzzle loading gun, general gun, small game and spring turkey seasons.
Children under the age of 16 are required to wear a riding helmet when
riding on public lands. All horseback riders must have proof of current
negative Coggins Test results for their horses when on state lands. Map
Welaka State Forest is located in northeastern Florida, approximately
17 miles south of Palatka, off of U.S. Highway 17. The forest is on
State Road 309, 1 mile south of the town of Welaka. The eastern half of Welaka State Forest boasts 18 miles of multi-use trails that are primarily used by equestrian riders. This includes the 6-mile Sandhill Horse Trail, which is part of the Florida Trailtrotter Program. The equestrian campground offers two 24-stall horse stables, a training arena, a show horse arena, six semi-primitive tent campsites and five full-hookup RV campsites, which are all available for rental.
There are currently 18 state forests in
Florida offering horse trails. The Florida Horse
Trail Directory shows where horseback riding trails
are located within the state forests.
Within Florida there are 45 state parks offering
horseback riding trails. Many times these equestrian
trails are shared with bicycles and hikers so
horseback riders should be aware of others on the
trails. Many of the parks have equestrian camping
facilities that may include barns, paddocks, and tie
outs at designated camp sites.
Explore recreational maps and descriptions of greenways and equestrian horse trails throughout the state.