Horse Trails in the Alleghenies

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Blue Knob State Park

Bedford County

Park Office Information:


Miles of Trails: 16

​Level of Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Trail Markings: Orange Diamonds

Horse Camping: No

Equestrian trails are marked with orange diamonds. The trailhead is across from the campground entrance at Chappells Field. Horseback riding is also permitted along the right-hand side of park roads.


Trail Updates (page 16-17 of 2016 trail guide):
The best horseback riding trails are:
Sawmill Trail, Three Springs Trail, Homestead Trail, and the Chappell’s Field Trail. The primary horseback riding trails have a “horse symbol” on the map, they are also the same trails that are suitable for snowmobiling and are also marked
with a snowmobile symbol. The trails are marked with the orange diamonds for the snowmobiles. New “horse symbols” signs are being installed to make it easier to know the trails that are open to
horseback riding. The rangers should have the new horse symbols up in Fall 2018.

Buchanan State Forest

Franklin & Fulton County



Buchanan State Forest
440 Buchanan Trail
McConnellsburg, PA 17233


Miles of Trails: 157 shared-use trail system.

Horseback riding is available on all state forest roads and trails in Buchanan State Forest except the Tuscarora and Mid-State trails.



Canoe Creek State Park

Blair County

Park Office Information:


Miles of Trails: Approx. 6

Level of Difficulty: Easy to Difficult

Trail Markings: Blazed as per map legend

Horse Camping: No

Equestrian trails loop through the north side of the park. Mattern, Hartman, and parts of Moore’s Hill trails can be reached from the parking lot off of Mattern Road. Horseback riding is permitted only on designated trails.


Horse Trail Updates page 24-25 of Central PA trail guide:

DCNR has updated the Canoe Creek map – trail changes are minimal as shown. There has been an addition on Moore’s Hill multi-use trail which is indicated in the yellow box in Figure A.
There has been an addition to the multi-use trail
between Mattern Road and Canoe Creek Road.
Additionally, a small portion of the multi-use trail along Canoe Creek Road has been removed. These changes are indicated in the yellow boxes in Figure B.


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Penn Roosevelt State Park

Centre County



c/o Greenwood Furnace
Huntingdon, PA 16652-9006

Thickhead Mountain Road, leading west from Penn-Roosevelt State Park, is closed to motor vehicles and along with the connecting Detweiler Road, makes an excellent trail ride.



Prince Gallitzin State Park

Cambria County

Park Office Information:


Miles of Marked Trails:  16.3

Level of Difficulty:  Easy to Moderate

Trail Markings: Blazed in Red

Horse Camping: No

Trails are multi-use and names are marked on directional posts at trailheads and intersections. All equestrian trails can be accessed from the Beaver Valley Marina.

Rothrock State Forest

Huntingdon County



Rothrock District Office
181 Rothrock Lane
Huntingdon, PA 16652

Miles of Marked Trails: 40 consisting of 19 miles of single- and double-track trails and 21 miles of public use roads.

Horse Camping: Yes

Trough Creek Division Shared Use Trails – Rothrock State Forest

Trails are marked with a red blaze (2”X6”) and are shared with hikers and non-motorized bicycles.  Trough Creek State Park trails do not allow horses. Therefore, the portion of Nicholas Crum Trail in Trough Creek State Park is closed to horses.  The Brumbaugh Trail has a few rough and narrow sections that make it difficult for horses. There is no potable water on state forest, although potable water is available at Trough Creek State Park.  Contact the park for more details.

Trailhead:  The Parking Areas on Tar Kiln, Cassville, and John Bum Roads serve as trailheads and will accommodate one to three horse trailers each..  Area #1 at Trough Creek State Park will accommodate horse trailers.  Riders must use state forest public use roads to access trails from the state park.  All of the areas are for day use only. 

Horse Camping:

Overnight Camping is allowed at Rothrock State Forest, campsite #8 with a Camping Permit from the forest district office.  Campsite #8 has hardened parking, a fire ring, a picnic table, and two hitching posts. Free to stay at Campsite #8, however Camping Permits are required from the forest district office. The Trough Creek area has a series of trails leading from the site. The trail system off of the Broad Mountain Road is also popular for riding. 

Direct access to equestrian trails.

Tuscarora State Forest

Perry County

District Office Information:


Miles of Marked Trails: 160

Level of Difficulty: Easiest to more difficult

Trail Markings: Blazed in Red

Horse Camping: Yes

Trails are multi-use and nearly all of the district trails and roads are available for horseback riding.  Horse camping is available at the Showaker Trailhead is also recommended for day use parking. 

5 sites are available and located behind the day-use parking area. Each site is limited to 5 people. There is no potable water. Picnic tables and fire rings are provided. A waterless restroom is located near the camping area.  Trailers must be parked at the campsites. Free to stay, however, a camping permit is required from the District Office. 



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