The Forest Preserves offer more than 200 miles of multi-use trails ideal for experiencing the woods and grasslands of Cook County on horseback. Visitors can ride their own horses or take a guided tour with any of the six stables offering livery service.
Every horse using Forest Preserve trails is required to wear a horse tag. Each rider must also possess a rider’s license.
Horse tags and rider’s licenses can be obtained by downloading and mailing the application below, by visiting Forest Preserve Headquarters (Open 9 am – 4 pm, Monday through Friday) or by calling (708) 771-1070. Rider’s licenses can also be purchased at the stables, a convenient option for those participating in guided rides.
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 – 8:30 am to 4:30 am | Seasonal Hours (May 19 – August 31): Monday through Friday – 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 pm and Saturdays from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm).
- $4 – Cook County Resident
- $5 – Non Resident
Horse Stables with Livery Service on Forest Preserve Property
8290 S. Kean Avenue
Willow Springs, IL 60480
Contact: Cathy or Billy
Forest View Farms
16717 S. Lockwood
Tinley Park, IL 60477
Contact: James Larsen
Sarah’s Pony Rides
8220 S. Kean Avenue
Willow Springs, IL 60480
12211 S. Lagrange Road
Palos Park, IL 60264
Contact: Pat Doyle
A-Ranch 394 Inc.
1465 Glenwood-Lansing Rd.
Chicago Heights, IL 60411
Contact: Debbie Hansen
HORSE TRAILER PARKING
|Indian Boundary Division
- DAM #1 (north of picnic shelters) – Dundee Road, east of Milwaukee Avenue
- BIG BEND LAKE – East River Road, south of Golf Road
|North Branch Division
- LINNE WOODS – Dempster Street, east of Lehigh Avenue
- TOWER ROAD BOAT RAMP – Tower Road, east of Edens Expy.
- CALVIN R. SUTKER GROVE – Golf Road & Woods Drive, Skokie
- GLEN GROVE EQUESTRIAN CENTER – 9451 Harms Rd, Morton Grove
- DEER GROVE #1 – Quentin Rd., north of Dundee Rd.
- BODE ROAD – Northeast corner of Bode Road & Route 59
- DAN MCMAHON WOODS – 107th St., west of LaGrange Rd.
- HIDDEN POND WOODS (EAST) – Kean Ave., north of 95th St.
- COUNTRY LANE WOODS – 95th St., east of 104th Ave.
- CAMP KIWANIS – 9700 104th Ave, Illinois and Michigan Canal, Willow Springs
|Sag Valley Division
- FORTY ACRE WOODS, 119th St., east of 96th Ave.
- PALOS PARK WOODS (NORTH) – Kean Ave., south of Rt. 83
- HORSETAIL LAKE – 104th Ave., north of 123rd St.
- SWALLOW CLIFF WOODS – Rt. 83, West of LaGrange Rd.
|Thorn Creek Division
- SWEET WOODS – Cottage Grove, south of 183rd St.
RULES FOR HORSEBACK RIDING IN THE FOREST PRESERVES
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.
We ask all those who aspire to good horsemanship to observe the following:
- 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.
Failure to follow these rules could result in revocation of license.
See Rules and Regulations Here
Equestrian sites in the Forest Preserves of Cook County.