Nearly 65 miles of trails are open to horseback riding. Some trails are completely dedicated to equestrian use. Townline Stables at Grainger Woods Conservation Preserve offers boarding and riding lessons for boarders.
Trail Use Permits
Permits are required to ride horses on forest preserve trails.
Purchase online, by telephone at 847-367-6640, in person at our General Offices or at our Operations and Public Safety Facility in Lindenhurst, or apply by mail or fax using the form below. Daily permits are also available at self-pay stations located in the horse trailer parking lots at Lakewood, Raven Glen and Van Patten Woods forest preserves.
Reduced Fees on and after September 1
For permits good from September 1–December 31
Lake County residents: $17
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.