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Indiana provides more than 600 miles of equestrian trails. The Division of Outdoor Recreation compiled data and created the Indiana Trails Inventory. It contains trail information from city, county, state, federal, and not-for-profit organizations.
You can find a number of DNR properties suited for equestrian use. You and your horse can even camp together in any of the 12 campgrounds location on State Parks and Reservoirs and Forestry properties. You can make your reservation by phone 1-866-6CAMP-IN (1-866-622-6746) or go online by clicking here. There are even day use properties for riding your mount. All equestrians must purchase a Horse Tag which entitles one horse access and the use of DNR propertied where horse use is allowed. The Horse tag can be an annual use costing $20 or daily use costing $5. Click here for detailed information regarding how to properly use a horse tag. Remember that your horse or pony must have the paperwork to meet the health requirements determined by the Indiana State Board of Animal Health. Click here for the requirements for out-of-state horses.
No horse or pony? No problem! We have saddle barns with rental horses and ponies, guided trail rides, hay wagon rides and other fun activities are available at seven Indiana State Parks and Reservoirs. All saddle barns are operated by independent contractors. Check out the Indiana State Parks saddlebarn locations here.
Indiana Trail Riders Association, Inc. are dedicated volunteers helping maintain these trail systems and organize special events and cleanup to assist the DNR. If you like to ride, consider joining the efforts of this important partner by contacting them.
The voice for the horse industry in Indiana is the Indiana Horse Council. The mission for the organization is “The Indiana Horse Council, Inc. is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the well-being of the horse industry. The Indiana Horse Council, Inc. protects, promotes and preserves the interest and activities within the Indiana equine industry in areas of education, legislation, promotion and philanthropy.”
Don’t forget that Indiana’s own Hoosier National Forest located in the southern part of the state has trails and campgrounds available to equestrians.