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girl riding a horseHorseback Trail Riding in Orlando

Horseback riding trails in Orlando and Central Florida feature the Florida Greenway horse trail system where the tree canopies provide shade over many of these unique trails. Along the way you will experience Florida's natural flora and many of it native birds and animals.

The areas described here offer horse trail riding for experienced horse riders with their own horses. For guided trail rides with horses supplied, explore Orlando Guided Trail Rides. Horse beach riding is available along the coastal areas of Florida. Florida Beach Horseback Riding

Orlando and Central Florida Parks

Florida Horse Trail Directory

45 state parks in Florida offer equestrian horse facilities and horseback riding trails in addition to hiking and bicycling. This directory will help you find horseback trail locations in state parks outside of the Orlando area.

Florida Greenways and Trails

Explore recreational maps and descriptions of equestrian horse greenways and horse trails throughout the Orlando and Central Florida area. The Florida Greenway transverses Florida, following the old Cross Florida Canal while providing a tranquil journey through natural Florida.

Orlando Wetlands Park

Discover this 3.9-mile loop trail near Christmas, Florida. The most popular activities are bird-watching, nature photography, jogging, horseback riding, and bicycling. Nature enthusiasts will be greeted by 1,650 acres of hardwood hammocks, marshes, and lakes. There are over 20 miles of roads and woodland trails crisscrossing the park. Note the equestrian trail indicated on the map of Orlando Wetlands Park.

Colt Creek State Park
Colt Creek was purchased from the Overstreet Family in May of 2006. This 5,067 acre park nestled within the Green Swamp Wilderness Area and named after one of the tributaries that flows through the property was opened to the public on January 20, 2007.  Comprised mainly of pine flatwoods, cypress domes and open pasture land, this piece of pristine wilderness is home to many animal species including the American Bald Eagle, Fox Squirrel, gopher tortoise, white-tailed deer, wild turkey and bobcat. Visitors are invited to fish, picnic and hike or horseback ride on over 12 miles of horse trails and enjoy nature study at its finest. 16000 State Rd 471, Lakeland, Florida 33809 (863) 815-6761

Lake Kissimmee State Park
Take advantage of some of the outdoor opportunities at Lake Kissimmee by bringing the family out to spend a day exploring the park. With 13 miles of hiking and equestrian trails, a boat launch leading out to Lake Kissimmee (Florida's third largest lake), shaded picnic areas, a playground, excellent wildlife viewing, and camping; Lake Kissimmee State Park offers something for everyone. Remember to bring plenty of water, sunscreen and insect repellant with you! Lake Kissimmee State Park is located off S.R. 60, 15 miles east of Lake Wales.

Lake Louisa State Park
Lake Louisa State Park is a short drive from Orlando and offers 16 miles of marked horseback riding trails for equestrian users. Horseback riders can access the park's trails one of two ways. Our back entrance horse trail parking lot is accessible via C.R. 561 to Lake Nellie Road. The equine lot will be on the left hand side where the paved road turns to clay. The equine parking lot has drinking water for horses, hitching posts, and a kiosk with information regarding the horse trails. Please follow payment instructions at the honor fee station at the equestrian trailhead. Horse riders can also enter the park through the main entrance off of Hwy. 27.

LLake Louisa also has a primitive equestrian campground open to horseback riders. To make arrangements to camp at our equestrian campground you can call the Ranger Station at 352-394-3969. The campground has a 4-horse paddock, water hookups, self-composting toilet, pavilion, fire ring and grill. Please be sure to have with you proof of negative coggins for your horses.

Little Big Econ State Forrest
Little Big Econ State Forrest was named by combining the names of the Little Econlockhatchee River and the larger Econlockhatchee River which flow through the property. Scenic horseback riding trails abut the forest's most notable feature which is the narrow, winding Econlockhatchee River. Little Big Econ State Forest is located in Seminole County, 3.3 miles east of the town of Oviedo on County Road 426.

Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park
Central Florida nature exists in its purest form along four miles of the Wekiva River and Blackwater Creek. For thousands of years, Native Americans valued the abundance of wildlife in this area. This system of black water streams and wetlands provides habitat for black bears, river otters, alligators, wood storks, and sandhill cranes. Visitors can stroll along the Sand Hill Nature Trail for a self guided tour of the native Florida plants and wildlife found at the park. Canoeists can paddle through the park on the Wekiva River. Equestrian camping is available in designated areas and can be reserved by calling Wekiwa Springs State Park. Horse stalls and corrals are available for equestrian campers. Located nine miles west of Sanford on State Road 46. 407-884-2008.

Rock Springs Run State Reserve
Sand pine scrub, pine Flatwoods, swamps, and miles of pristine shoreline along Rock Springs Run and the Wekiva River make this reserve a refuge of natural beauty. Visitors can enjoy bicycling, hiking, or horseback riding along 17 miles of trails. Guided trail rides and horse rentals are available. The trail may be closed temporarily on days when reserve staff is conducting prescribed burns. Each fall, areas of the reserve are closed to equestrians during weekends of special hunts. Primitive campsites on Rock Springs Run and the Wekiva River are accessible by canoe only. Equestrian camping facilities are available. Campsites can be reserved by calling Wekiwa Springs State Park. Located in Sorrento off State Road 46. The reserve is open from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. daily. 407-884-2008

Seminole State Forrest
Seminole State Forest is one of many public properties in the scenic Wekiva River Basin featuring horseback riding trails as well as hiking and bicycling. The forest was purchased by the State of Florida's Conservation and Recreation Lands (CARL) program. The first entrance is located off of SR 46 approximately 14 miles west of the town of Sanford. Parking areas, entrance gates and equestrian trailheads are located at the second entrance which is located west of the Wekiva River on SR 44 in Cassia, approximately 12 miles east of the town of Eustis.

Rock Springs Run State Reserve

Rock Springs Run State Reserve features pine scrub, pine flatwoods, swamps, and miles of pristine shoreline along Rock Springs Run and the Wekiwa River make this reserve a refuge of natural beauty. Visitors can enjoy bicycling, hiking, or horseback riding along 17 miles of trails. Guided trail rides and horse rentals are available.

Located at the headwaters of the Wekiva River, the beautiful vistas within this park offer a glimpse of what Central Florida looked like when Timucuan Indians fished and hunted these lands. Just one hour from most central Florida attractions, Wekiwa Springs offers visitors the opportunity to relax in a natural setting, enjoy a picnic, or take a swim in the cool spring. Canoeists and kayakers can paddle along the Wekiva River and Rock Springs Run. Thirteen miles of equestrian horse trails provide opportunities for hiking, bicycling, and horseback riding. Options for camping include a full facility campground and primitive camping areas. 1800 Wekiwa Circle, Apopka, FL 32714 407-884-2008

Wekiwa Springs State Park comprises approximately 7,000 acres of wild scenery that offers an opportunity to see how areas of central Florida looked when the Timucuan Indians speared fish in the spring-fed creeks and stalked the uplands. Tram Bed Horse trail is approximately 8 miles long and divided into two loops. The equestrian horse trail is marked with horse shoe emblems on wooden posts at all crossroads. It is largely along scenic back-country roads.

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