Ocala Area Horseback Trail Riding
Horseback Trail Riding
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.
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.
All riders must have proof of a negative Coggins test for their horse.
Ocala National Forest Horse Camping
Tent camping with horses in permitted in most areas within the Ocala National Forest except during hunting season. The Swim Pond horse trailer parking area is the main trailhead for all equestrian trails in the Ocala National 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.)
Horse Trail Directory (Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer
Greenways and Trails
Lake Conservation Area (North Tract)
Springs State Park
Bayard Conservation Area (St. Johns River Water Management District)
Horseback riding trails. Bank fishing, hiking, bicycling, horse riding, primitive camping at designated sites and wildlife viewing.
Black Creek Ravines Conservation Area (St. Johns River Water Management District)
Horse trails. Hiking, horseback riding, fishing, primitive camping at designated sites, wildlife viewing and nature study.
Buck Lake Conservation Area (St. Johns River Water Management District)
Equestrian horse facilities. Seasonal hunting, hiking, horse riding, bicycling, fishing, wildlife viewing and primitive camping at designated sites.
Bull Creek Wildlife Management Area (St. Johns River Water Management District)
Horseback riding trails. Seasonal hunting, fishing, hiking, bicycling, horse riding, camping at designated sites, canoeing and wildlife viewing.
Caravelle Ranch Wildlife Management Area (St. Johns River Water Management District)
Hiking, horse riding, bicycling, primitive camping at designated sites and wildlife viewing are available, but are restricted during hunt dates.
Clark Bay Conservation Area (St. Johns River Water Management District)
Hiking, wildlife viewing, equestrian horse riding activity and seasonal hunting.
Crescent Lake Conservation Area (St. Johns River Water Management District)
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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