More than 68 miles of trails are open to horseback riding. Some trails are completely dedicated to equestrian use. Permits are required to ride horses on Forest Preserve trails. Townline Stables at Grainger Woods Conservation Preserve offers boarding and riding lessons for boarders.
Trail Use Permits
Annual permits are valid for the calendar year only and are not prorated:
- Lake County residents $35
- Nonresidents $70
On or after September 1, fees are reduced for annual permits, good through December 31:
- Lake County residents $17
- Nonresidents $35
How to Purchase
A daily permit allows one day's use of horseback riding trails. They can be purchased in advance online, or at self-pay stations located in the horse trailer parking lots at Lakewood, Raven Glen and Van Patten Woods forest preserves.
As equestrians sometimes share our many multipurpose trails with others who want to enjoy the outdoors, please follow these rules of common sense and courtesy.
Ride on the right.
Allow space on the left for others to pass.
Alert others when passing from behind.
Keep on marked trails.
Remember that horses yield to hikers and cross-country skiers.