Horse Trails in the PA Wilds

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Clarion River Lands - Clarion &  Forest Counties

Cook Forest State Park & Clear Creek State Forest

District Office Information:

814.744.8407

Miles of Marked Trails:  24 + 2.6 miles

Level of Difficulty:  More Difficult

Trail Markings: Blazed in Red

Horse Camping: No

There are 3 parkings lots along HIghland Drive. The first lot on the right is the most suitable for horse trailers. Additional parking areas include Blyson Lots off of Old State Road and Milcreek Road.

Clarion River Lands

Trails are multi-use. Kauffman Trail & Kauffman Loop Trail are easy. All other trails are more difficult.

Cook Forest State Park - A loop begins at a small parking lot on Forest Drive, connects to Old Logging Road and winds through beautiful pine plantations - 1.5 miles in length. Another bridle trail loop is located further south on Forest Drive  and is 1.1 miles in length. The loop next to the organized group camping area is heavily used by a vendor and not recommended.

God's Country Shared Use Trail System

Susquehannock State Forest - Potter County

Park Office Information:

814.274.3600

Miles of Marked Trails:  80+

Level of Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Trail Markings: Blazed w/red 2"x6" rectangles

Horse Camping: Yes

Trail are multi-use. Free to stay, however camping permits are required by the Forest District Office. The more developed camping areas are Dyer CCC and Twelve Mile. Each site at these campgrounds have a 15' x 65' gravel pad to park your truck and trailer and places to tie horses. A picnic table, fire ring and lantern post are also available at each site.

Dyer CCC

8 numbered sites (Site #5 accommodates two trailers).

Twelve Mile

4 numbered sites.

The Trailheads listed below are less developed .  Each site has one picnic table.

Rauch Road Gas Well Trailhead (10 trailer limit)

Twelve Mile Trailhead (5 trailer limit)

Horse Camping Updates (page 4-5 of Central PA trail guide):

  • The camping areas at Dyer and Twelve Mile (known as Horsey Hilton) will have manure pits by Spring 2019. The structures will be 8'x14' covered concrete slabs.

Eagleton Mine Camp Trail

Sproul State Forest - Clinton County

Park Office Information:

570.923.6011

Miles of Marked Trails:  20

Level of Difficulty: Easy to Difficult

Trail Markings: 2"x6" red blazes

Horse Camping: Yes

Trails are multi-use.  Overnight primitive camping is permitted in both eastern and western parking areas on Eagleton Road.  Free to stay, however, camping permits are required from the District Office.

Horse Trails in Northwest PA. Trail riding locations in Venango and Butler County PA. Horse Camping information, trail head locations and trail maps.

Quehanna Area - Moshannon State Forest

Clearfield County

District Office Information:

814.765.0821

Miles of Marked Trails:  75+

Level of Difficulty: More difficult

Trail Markings: Blazed in red. Yellow & Orange blazed trails are closed to horses.

Horse Camping: Yes

Trails are multi-use.

Yellowsnake Camping Area

Camping Area is 0.1 mile from the intersection of Reservoir Road and Quehanna Highway. There are 6 campsites available, 4 stalls and 2 hitching rails with roofs.  Free to stay, however, camping permits are required from the District Office.

Trail Update (page 8-9 of Central PA trail guide):

  • The Number Five Trail has been removed as a shared use trail.

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Allegheny National Forest

Spring Creek Horse Trail - Forest County

Ranger Office

814.927.5700

Miles of Marked Trails:  38

​Level of Difficulty: Easy to Difficult

Trail Markings: Numbered & marked with brown/white horse and rider signs along with green blaze and diamonds.

Horse Camping: Yes

There are five horse sites. Each site has one tie stall that accommodates four horses. The campground can hold up to 24 horses in tie stalls. Horses must use the tie stalls to protect the wetlands around the campground. No high lines, portable corrals, etc. Vault toilet, manure bin, non-potable water source for the horses, picnic tables and fire rings available.

Reservations can be made online at www.recreation.gov or by phone 877-444-6777. Cost is $15 per rig/night, $25/night for a double site.
Dispersed camping is available throughout the trail system along Forest Service roads. Follow National Forest camping dispersed camping guidelines, do not block roads or gates and vehicles must stay within 50 feet of any road.
Several other group areas located on the trail system
are also available. One is located on Forest Road 403 in a large reclaimed gravel pit and another is located in the Corduroy area on Forest Road 125.

Thunder Mountain Equestrian Trail

Elk State Forest & SGL 311 - Elk County

District  Office Information:

814.486.3353

Miles of Trails: 65.3

Level of Difficulty: Easiest to Most Difficult

Horse Camping: Yes

Thunder Mtn Trails: Equestrians can access the TMET from the Gas Well Camping Area or Dark Hollow Camping Area on Belle Draft Road, or the day use trailhead on East Hicks Road. The day use area lies approximately 3.75 miles from route 555. The trail consists of various loops, and has red 2”x6” rectangular blazes and numbered intersections to guide users. Watch for hikers, mountain bikers, and other equestrian riders on the trail.
SGL311: Outside of hunting seasons, equestrians can access the 12.3 miles of designated routes on SGL311 from day use parking areas on Dewey Road and Porcupine Hollow Roads. SGL 311 designated routes consist of various loops, and have green placards and numbered intersections to guide users.
Please stay on the trails or designated routes, open riding is not permitted. For additional information obtain a copy of the TMET trail guide from the DCNR website, forest district office or trailhead.

Motorized camping is available at Dark Hollow and Gas Well Camping Areas within TMET. Campers must be self-contained and on pad sites. Horses must also remain on designated pads while camping. You can
high-line your horses at the hitching posts provided. Manure must be hauled away from the camping area and off state forest lands. Free to stay, however, permit is required from District Office.

 

Tioga State Forest

Tioga County

District  Office Information:

570.724.2868

Miles of Marked Trails:  North of PA-6 - Approx. 95 (trails & logging roads) South of PA-6 - 75 (West Rim Trail is hiking only)

Level of Difficulty: Moderate - some sections in the area of Broad Ridge are more difficult.

Trail Markings: Blazed in red

Horse Camping: Yes

Area North of PA-6

Multiple areas are suitable for horse trailer parking. 

Goodall Road (Horse Camping & Day-Use Parking)

Primitive horse camping is at the location where Straight Road and Baldwin Run Road intersect. Free to stay, however, a camping permit is required from the District Office.

Additional Day-Use parking is available at the Hessel Gessel area and Marsh Creek Access.
 

Horse Camping Update (page 16-17 of Central PA trail guide):

  • Primitive horse camping (no amenities) is available along Hessel Gessel Road in the Asaph area. It is an old log landing and will accommodate 3-4 rigs. There is easy access to the trails.

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Area South of PA-6

Multiple areas for horse camping and day-use parking.

Johnny McHood Road Area

Spinning Wheel Trail Area

Bull Run

Free to stay, however, a camping permit is required from the District Office.  There is no water at the sites, but there is a stream near the Johnny McHood Road area.

Horse Camping Update (page 18-19 of Central PA trail guide):

  • Painter Leetonia Road: Primitive horse camping (no amenities) is an old log landing up on a hill, and is flat.  This area will accommodate 2 rigs.   A stone fire ring is available for use.  The best way to access this site is from Colton Rd to Deadman Hollow Rd, to Painter Leetonia Rd. Any other route may prove to be tough navigation as there are a couple of tight switchbacks.

  • Mill Run Road: Primitive horse camping (no amenities) is located on an old log landing. This area will accommodate 3-4 rigs.  This area is secluded with very little traffic.

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Spinning Wheel Trail Area Update (page 18-19 of Central PA trail guide):

  • The site location marker on map is slightly moved to the north as per DCNR.

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