Equestrian Activities

2016/2017 Equestrian Annual Package Available Now

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horse riders on the trail

The Forest Preserves offer more than 200 miles of multi-use trails ideal for experiencing the woods and grasslands of Cook County on horseback.


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Equestrian Annual Package

Every horse using the Forest Preserve trails is required to wear a horse tag. Each rider must also possess a rider’s license.


An Equestrian Annual package (includes ONE membership card (rider’s license) and ONE horse tag) may be purchased online or in person at Forest Preserve Headquarters (Regular Hours: Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm .


The cost for an Equestrian Annual package for Cook County residents is $34 and $49 for non-residents. Upon purchase, both the tag and membership card will be mailed to the address listed.


Please note: Multiple packages cannot be purchased online (the package includes ONE annual membership card (rider’s license) and ONE annual horse tag). Extra rider license(s) or tag(s) must be requested via paper application.

Purchase 2016/2017 Equestrian Annual Package

Purchase Online Download PDF Application




Equestrian Day Pass

The Forest Preserves of Cook County will offer an Equestrian Day Pass for riders who want to enjoy the trails for one day only. Riders with an Equestrian Day Pass are not required to purchase an annual horse tag or annual license if they are riding for one day only. Pass is valid on date of purchase and expires at the end of the following day. Passes must be carried at all times while riding in the Forest Preserves.


Riders can purchase a pass online or in person at Forest Preserve Headquarters (Regular Hours: Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30).



  • $4 – Cook County Resident
  • $5 – Non Resident

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Horse Trailer Parking

Big Bend Lake

East River Rd, south of Golf Rd
Des Plaines (

Bode Road

NE corner of Bode Rd & Rt 59
Streamwood (

Calvin R. Sutker Grove

Golf Rd & Woods Dr
Skokie (

Camp Kiwanis

104th Ave/Flavin Rd (between 95th St & 107th St)
Willow Springs (

Country Lane Woods

95th St, east of 104th Ave/Flavin Rd
Palos Township (map)

Dam #1 Woods East

Dundee Rd, east of Milwaukee Ave
Northbrook (

Dan McMahon Woods

107th St, west of LaGrange Rd
Palos Township (map)

Deer Grove

Quentin Rd, north of Dundee Rd
Palatine (

Forty Acre Woods

119th St, east of La Grange Rd/96th Ave
Palos Township (map)

Glen Grove Equestrian Center

9451 Harms Rd
Morton Grove (

Hidden Pond Woods East

Kean Ave, north of 95th St
Hickory Hills (map)

Horsetail Lake

104th Ave, north of McCarthy Rd
Palos Township (

Linne Woods

Dempster St, east of Lehigh Ave
Morton Grove (map)

Palos Park Woods North

Kean Ave, south of Rt 83
Palos Park (

Swallow Cliff Woods North

Rt. 83, West of LaGrange Rd
Morton Grove (map)




indoor horse riding area

Glen Grove Equestrian Center

847-966-8032 | glengroveequine.com


This vendor-operated equestrian center offers boarding facilities, indoor and outdoor riding areas, retail concessions, riding lessons and pony rides. The facility is open year-round. Visit their website for more information.


Monday 12 pm – 8:30 pm
Tuesday 10 am – 8:30 pm
Wednesday 10 am – 8:30 pm
Thursday Closed
Friday 10 am – 8:30 pm
Saturday 9 am – 6 pm
Saturday 9 am – 6 pm


Equestrian Rules

All horseback riders on Forest Preserve trails must have in their possession a rider’s license issued by the Forest Preserves of Cook County.All horses, whether privately owned or livery horses, must be licensed when ridden on Forest Preserve bridle trails. The tag must be affixed to the left-hand side of the bridle. Failure to follow these rules could result in revocation of license.

  • Walk horses between stable and trail.
  • Be courteous and considerate.
  • Slow to a walk or slow trot when meeting other riders, hikers or bicyclists.
  • Do not race horses – always keep horses under control.
  • Stallions are not permitted on trails.
  • Be humane and kind to your horse.
  • The only permitted gaits are walk, trot or slow canter. No galloping, please.
  • Stay on established trails.
  • Keep to the right of trail.


Learn more about trail etiquette on our “Share the Trail” website.




Visit two of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County