Horseback Riding

Over 80 miles of trails for visitors on horseback. Most of the individual trails in the forest preserves below allow horseback riding, but a handful may have seasonal or site-specific restrictions. Please refer to individual forest preserve maps, if available, for details.
Forest preserves with designated horse-trailer parking areas are marked with an asterisk. These lots have ample room for turning and a special coating that helps prevent horses from slipping.

Horseback Riding Guidlines

  • The use of Forest Preserve District trails does not require a permit or have an associated fee.
  • Ride on the right side of the trail; ride single file when in groups.
  • Announce “passing on your left” when doing so.
  • Keep horses under control at all times; racing is prohibited.
  • Avoid riding in wet or muddy conditions.
  • Do not bring horses into picnic areas, campgrounds, off-leash dog areas or model airfields.
  • Avoid cross-country ski tracks.
  • Park trailers in designated areas only.
  • Be aware of wildlife both on and off the trail. Remember, you are a visitor in their habitat.
  • Practice “leave no trace.” Whatever you bring into a forest preserve, take out.
  • To preserve nature’s quiet and solitude, refrain from making any loud sounds.
  • “DuPage County Forest Preserve Trails” contains maps for 21 forest preserves and one state park. E-mail forest@dupageforest.com or call Visitor Services at (630) 933-7248 for a free printed copy, or download Forest Preserve Trails Guide.

On the Trails

Take in the scenery while enjoying your favorite trail activities.

Click here to read our latest trails guide, which has trail tips and maps of our 24 most-popular preserves.

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