Best Horseback Riding in Minnesota

This list represents the most popular horseback riding in Minnesota. Use this list to plan your next Minnesota horseback riding trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Lake Maria State Park


Fourteen miles of hiking trails exist in this beautiful wooded forest dotted with marshes and lakes--and it’s all situated in a place where you’d never expect to find such seclusion. The park’s wide,…
From the guidebook "Hiking Minnesota"
Monticello, MN - Hiking, Horseback Riding - 4.1 miles
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#2. Pillsbury State Forest


The trails at Pillsbury State Forest meander through a heavy forested area consisting of a variety of deciduous and evergreen trees. The woods are dotted with small lakes and ponds where you’re likely…
From the guidebook "Hiking Minnesota"
Pillager, MN - Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking - 8 miles
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#3. Maplewood State Park


If brilliant color and variety in landscape are what you’re looking for, Maplewood State Park is not to be missed. Late summer or fall, when the park’s leaves are at their peak, are the best times to…
From the guidebook "Hiking Minnesota"
Pelican Rapids, MN - Hiking, Horseback Riding - 4.6 miles
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#4. St. Croix State Forest - Tamarack


The focal point of the trails within the St. Croix National Forest is the wild and picturesque Tamarack River, a narrow, twisting river that slowly makes its way south to join the much larger St. Croi…
From the guidebook "Hiking Minnesota"
Hinckley, MN - Hiking, Horseback Riding - 9.7 miles
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#5. Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge


A popular bird haven, Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge lies along the Minnesota River Valley, where the prairies and floodplains provide habitat for approximately 226 species of migrating or…
From the guidebook "Hiking Minnesota"
Shakopee, MN - Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking - 6.7 miles
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#6. Mille Lacs Kathio State Park


This winding walk over a large terminal moraine and through a beautiful second- growth hardwood forest has scenic views of wetland areas with lots of potential wildlife viewing. Mille Lacs Kathio Stat…
From the guidebook "Hiking Minnesota"
Garrison, MN - Hiking, Horseback Riding - 3.2 miles
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#7. Forestville State Park


A short hike through a mostly equestrian park. Back in the mid-1800s when train companies were deciding where to lay the railroad lines through the countryside, they chose to bypass Forestville. After…
From the guidebook "Hiking Minnesota (Pukite)"
Preston, MN - Hiking, Horseback Riding - 2 miles
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#8. Camden State Park


This park is part of a geological and biological zone that Joseph Nicollet called the Coteau des Prairie. It is a piece of the high prairie that divides the Mississippi and Missouri River watersheds.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Minnesota"
Marshall, MN - Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking - 6.3 miles
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#9. Pillsbury State Forest


Northwest of Brainerd. A hike through a glacier-built topography of rolling hills, ravines, and potholed lakes. Special attractions: Wildlife and ravines.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Minnesota (Pukite)"
Brainerd, MN - Hiking, Horseback Riding - 8 miles
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#10. Saint Croix State Forest


East of Hinckley; just north of Saint Croix State Park, this is a rugged horse/hiking trail that goes up and down the steep valley sides of the Lower Tamarack River. The loop around Tamarack River is…
From the guidebook "Hiking Minnesota (Pukite)"
Hinckley, MN - Hiking, Horseback Riding - 8 miles
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#11. Crow-Hassan Park Reserve


A number of hikes in this book contain sections of oak savanna, but it’s tough to beat the one at Crow-Hassan Park Reserve in the northwest metro area. With over 17 miles of rustic trails open to hike…
From the guidebook "Best Outdoor Adventures Near Minneapolis and Saint Paul: Hiking, Paddling, and Cycling"
Rogers, MN - Hiking, Horseback Riding - 4.6 miles
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#12. Wolsfeld Woods Scientific and Natural Area


Hiking the Wolsfeld Woods Scientific and Natural Area is like learning a really great secret, the kind you’ll have no problem keeping all to yourself. Hidden behind a nondescript trailhead in the…
From the guidebook "Best Outdoor Adventures Near Minneapolis and Saint Paul: Hiking, Paddling, and Cycling"
Long Lake, MN - Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Snowshoeing - 3.1 miles
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#13. Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge-Louisville Swamp


Lining the Minnesota River for almost 70 miles, the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge contains multiple areas to visit. But the roughly 7-mile hike around the Louisville Swamp Unit offers some…
From the guidebook "Best Outdoor Adventures Near Minneapolis and Saint Paul: Hiking, Paddling, and Cycling"
Jordan, MN - Hiking, Horseback Riding - 7.2 miles
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#14. Afton State Park


Less than half an hour from Saint Paul, Afton State Park is proof positive that you don’t have to travel far to get away. Across 20 miles of trails, you’ll find everything from rugged climbs up steep…
From the guidebook "Best Outdoor Adventures Near Minneapolis and Saint Paul: Hiking, Paddling, and Cycling"
Afton, MN - Hiking, Horseback Riding - 5.3 miles
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