Equestrian Activities

horse riders on the trail

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Annual Package

An Annual Package includes one Rider’s License and one Horse Tag. Additional Horse Tags may be purchased after purchasing the Annual Package.

 

The Annual Package may be purchased online or in person at Forest Preserves General Headquarters for $35 for Cook County residents and $50 for non-residents.

 

The Horse Tag and Rider’s License are mailed to the address on the application.

 

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Annual Rider’s License

This package is for customers that don’t need a horse tag, but still plan to ride a horse on Forest Preserves trails throughout the year.

 

The Rider’s License may be purchased online or in person at Forest Preserves General Headquarters for $5 for both residents and non-residents.

 

The Rider’s License is mailed to the address on the application.

 

Purchase 2017/2018 Rider’s License

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Day Pass

Riders with a Day Pass are not required to purchase an annual Horse Tag or Rider’s License if they are riding for one day only. The Day 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 on Forest Preserves trails.

 

The Day Pass may be purchased online or in person at Forest Preserves General Headquarters for $5 for both residents and non-residents.

 

Purchase Day Pass

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Trailer Parking

Big Bend Lake

Bender Rd, south of Golf Rd
Des Plaines, IL 60016 (
map)

Bode Road

NE corner of Bode Rd & Rt 59
Streamwood (
map)

Calvin R. Sutker Grove

Woods Dr, north of Golf Rd
Skokie, IL 60077 (
map)

Camp Kiwanis Equestrian Staging Area

Willow Springs Rd, south of 95th St
Cook County, IL 60480 (
map)

Country Lane Woods

95th St, east of Flavin Rd/Willow Springs Rd
Cook County, IL 60480 (map)

Dam #1 Woods East

Dundee Rd, east of Milwaukee Ave
Wheeling, IL 60090 (
map)

Dan McMahon Woods

107th St, west of 96th Ave
Cook County, IL 60480 (map)

Deer Grove

N Quentin Rd, north of W Dundee Rd
Cook County, IL 60074 (
map)

Forty Acre Woods

119th St, east of S La Grange Rd
Cook County, IL 60464 (map)

Glen Grove Equestrian Center

9453 Harms Rd
Morton Grove, IL 60053 (
map)

Hidden Pond Woods East

S Kean Ave, north of W 95th St
Cook County, IL 60480 (map)

Horsetail Lake

104th Ave, north of McCarthy Rd
Cook County, IL 60464 (
map)

Linne Woods

W Dempster St, east of Lehigh Ave
Morton Grove, IL 60053 (map)

Palos Park Woods North

Kean Ave, south of Calumet Sag Rd/Rte 83
Cook County, IL 60464 (
map)

Swallow Cliff Woods North

Calumet Sag Rd/Rte 83, west of La Grange Rd/96th Ave
Cook County, IL 60464 (map)

 

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indoor horse riding area

Glen Grove Equestrian Center

9453 Harms Rd
Morton Grove, IL 60053 (map)
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.

 

Hours
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, must wear a Horse Tag when on Forest Preserves trails. The Horse Tag must be affixed to the left-hand side of the bridle or the saddle and be clearly visible. 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.

 

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