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The Geauga Park District offers several beautiful parks for
horseback riding. Their website is a great resource on where
to go and what to do. Below is information from their website.
Remember to always ride responsibly and follow the
1. Horseback riding is permitted ONLY along designated horse
trails and on park roadways. Off-trail riding is prohibited.
2. You are responsible for cleaning up after your horse in parking
lots and roadways.
3. Please don’t ride through streams or enter any body of water other than at trail crossings.
4. Never leave your horse unattended except at a designated hitching rail or horse shelter. An overnight picket line is available at Headwaters Park Campsite B.
5. Be aware of other traffic that you may encounter on trails such as hikers, dog walkers, cross-country skiers and cyclists. All users are responsible for sharing the trails and other courtesies.
Where to Ride
Addresses below are horse trailer parking areas. Click the parks to visit their pages and download trail maps.
## = Indicates trails that do not allow bicycles
Beartown Lakes Reservation
18870 Quinn Road, Auburn/Bainbridge Twps.
Whitetail Trail Loop 1.5 miles ##
Big Creek Park
9160 Robinson Road, Chardon Twp.
(Use entrance off Woodin Road, look for Bridle Trail sign)
Creek Trail 2.1 miles ##
Highline Trail 0.8 miles ##
Big Creek is a 624-acre park named for scenic Big Creek with its many ravines and tributaries creating a landscape of varied terrain. The Creek Trail is a well-drained gravel trail for horseback riding accessible from Woodin Road and includes hills with breathtaking views of the Creek and its valley surrounded by mature forest, wildflowers and wildlife. The Highline Trail east to Robinson Road has some portions that are primitive and challenging.
13365 Old State Road (Route 608), Huntsburg/Claridon Twps.
Buckeye Trail 2 miles
Maple Bridle Trail 1.4 miles (seasonal) ##
Headwaters Park is 926 acres of natural forests, meadows, streams and wetlands including the 420-acre East Branch Reservoir. Views of the western shores of the lake are possible from the easy two mile gravel Buckeye Trail. During dry weather riders can add variety to their ride by traversing the primitive Maple Bridle Trail through the forested hills and meadow west of the Buckeye Trail.
7250 Country Lane Bainbridge Township
Old Ironsides Run – 1.15 miles ##
Timber Ridge Trail – .55 miles ##
Bucktail Trail – .60 miles ##
The Maple Highlands Trail
South Section 6.8 miles
Access to this section is best made through the sugarbush side of Swine Creek Reservation.
Nassau Connector .67 miles ##
Woodland Loop Trail 1.85 miles ##
Swine Creek Reservation
16004 Hayes Road, Middlefield/Parkman Twps.
Gray Fox Trail 1.2 miles ##
Meadowlark Trail 0.4 miles ##
Sugarbush Trail 0.2 miles ##
Wagon Trail 0.52 miles ##
The West Woods
9465 Kinsman Road (Route 87), Russell Twp.
Pioneer Bridle Trail Loop 2.7 miles ##
Music Link 0.7 miles ##
Affelder Link 1.1 miles ##
The West Woods is a 910-acre park protecting Sharon conglomerate sandstone ledges, Silver Creek and its watershed of ravines and streams, wetlands and mature forests. Horse trails are well-drained gravel with hills, bridge and stream crossings. Riding out and back on all the trails open to horses can provide approximately eight miles under hoof with habitat diversity that is home to a wide variety of wildlife.
In an emergency dial 911. To contact the rangers for non-emergencies, call (440) 279-0814 or Sheriff's Office Dispatch in 440-286-1234.