Ocala Area Horseback Riding Trails
Horseback Trail Riding
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Horse trail riding in Ocala, FL and surrounding Marion County areas. Enjoy equestrian horse trails in the pristine Ocala National Forest and experience the famous Florida Greenway horse riding trails. National and state forests and parks provide hundreds of miles of gorgeous horse riding trails throughout north central Florida including Palatka.
Guided Horseback Trail Rides
The areas described below offer horse trail riding facilities for experienced riders with their own horses. To find guided horse trail rides with horses supplied, horse rentals or for beach horse riding, click here.
Marion, Alachua, Levy, Suwannee, Sumter County Horseback Riding
Ocala Area Horseback Riding Trails
Horseback trail riding in the Ocala National Forest is one of the finest equestrian horse rides in the country. The 100 mile horse trail consists of three sections: the 40 mile Flatwoods Trail, the 40 mile Prairie Trail, and the 20 mile Baptist Lake Trail. There are multiple trail heads. Most are in the area of the intersection of Route 19 and 42 east of Ocala. All trails are located in the southern third of the forest.
Ocala National Forest is the southernmost forest in the United States and incorporates the world's largest sand pine scrub forest. Forests such as these are critical to maintaining the oxygen that we breath and should be protected at all costs.
When horseback riding in the Ocala National Forest it is your responsibility to leave the forest in pristine condition by carrying out any trash you generate. It is also all persons responsibility not to damage any of the trees (flora) or harm any of the wildlife (fauna.)
All riders must have proof of a negative Coggins test for their horse. Check with the Forrest Ranger office regarding hunting season. 352-625-2520.
Ocala National Forest Horse Camping
Tent camping with horses in permitted in most areas within the Ocala National Forest except during hunting season. Conventiently, the Swim Pond horse trailer parking area is the main trailhead for all equestrian trails in the Ocala National Forest.
Horse Trail Directory (Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer
Greenways and Trails
Just 10 miles southwest of Ocala, Ross Prairie State Forest is the ideal place to take your horse for a ride in horse country. There are 15 miles of equestrian trails in this State Forest in addition to the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway property that borders the forest on the north.
The trailhead and campground are located just west off U.S. 441 on Southeast 80th Street between Ocala and Belleview, across from the Marion County Sheriff’s Santos Station. Available at the Santos Trailhead is access to the Cross Florida Greenway’s extensive equestrian trail network, with 60-plus miles of horse trails, including varying levels of difficulty and wagon/carriage opportunities.
Lake Conservation Area (North Tract)
Bayard WMA is comprised of 9,702 acres in southeastern Clay County, south of Green Cove Springs extending nearly seven miles along the western bank of the St. Johns River. Horseback riding trails. Bank fishing, hiking, bicycling, horse riding, primitive camping at designated sites and wildlife viewing.
Black Creek Ravines Conservation Area
Check out this 4.4-mile loop trail near Middleburg, Florida. Generally considered a moderately challenging route, it takes an average of 1 h 21 min to complete. This is a very popular area for hiking, horseback riding, and running, so you'll likely encounter other people. Horse trails. hiking, horseback riding, fishing, primitive camping at designated sites, wildlife viewing and nature study.
Bull Creek Wildlife Management Area
Horseback riding trails. Seasonal hunting, fishing, hiking, bicycling, horse riding, camping at designated sites, canoeing and wildlife viewing.
Caravelle Ranch Wildlife Management Area
Hiking, horse riding, bicycling, primitive camping at designated sites and wildlife viewing are available, but are restricted during hunt dates.
Hiking, wildlife viewing, equestrian horse riding activity and seasonal hunting.
Crescent Lake Conservation Area
Horseback 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 opportunities.
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