Explore the woodlands and grasslands of the Forest Preserves on horseback—enjoy over 200 miles of unpaved trails, ample horse trailer parking and a full service equestrian center.
On this page:
- Trail Information
- Licenses & Tags
- Horse Trailer Parking
- Glen Grove Equestrian Center
- Trail Rules & Etiquette
Horse riders can enjoy miles of trails throughout the Forest Preserves. Horse trailer parking is available at select locations.
Licenses & Tags
All rider’s utilizing trails, driveways and paths within Forest Preserves of Cook County must possess a Rider’s License and all horses must possess the appropriate Forest Preserves Horse Tag.
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 Rider’s License.
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, by mail 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. Licenses and Tags expire on June 30 of each year.
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 Annual Package may be purchased online, by mail 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. Licenses and Tags expire on June 30 of each year.
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.
Stable Rider License Books
For the convenience of our customers, the Forest Preserves sells books of rider’s licenses to stable owners. Stables, in turn, can sell these licenses to individual equestrians utilizing Forest Preserves trails. However, tags for horses personally owned by customers must be purchased directly through the Forest Preserves.
Horse Trailer Parking
Horse trailer parking at Picnic Grove #1 only.
Glen Grove Equestrian Center
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.
Trail Rules & Etiquette
- Trail users are asked to be polite and courteous to fellow patrons.
- Off-trail riding is prohibited.
- Trail users must ride or walk on the right side of the trail.
- Trail users must give an audible warning before passing others. Announce yourself and slow down to pass.
- Patrons must obey all signs.
- Speeding is not allowed.
- Dogs must be leashed and in control on right side of trail.
- Helmets are recommended for all riders, and required for riders 14 and under.
- Bicyclists and horses must ride single-file.
- Stop only on shoulder of the trail.
- Ride at a responsible, controlled speed. No racing is allowed.
- Trail use involves risk, please review our Trail Risk Statement.
- Walk horses between stable and trail.
- 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.
- Horses may not be hitched to trees.
- Trail users must stay in their own lane.
- Bicycles must be walked down overpasses.
- Equestrian use of paved trails is prohibited.
- Bicyclists and equestrians must stay on designated trails.
- Bicyclists must yield to hikers and equestrians.
- Hikers must yield to equestrians.
- Trail users must ask permission to pass equestrians.
- Trail usage is prohibited in muddy conditions.
- Horses must be licensed.
Nature Center Trails
- Nature Center trails are intended for walking. Bikes, pets, horses and cross-country skiing are not allowed.
- Nature Center trails are open only during posted Nature Center hours.