Ohio Bridle Trails
By Heather Rader

Ohio is a great state for horse-lovers and bridle trail riders! Ohio State Parks offer over 500 miles of bridle trails throughout 24 state parks, and over 200 miles of bridle trails in state forests. In addition to Ohio State Parks, trail riders can ride in numerous metro parks throughout the state. Ohio’s differing landscapes and terrain, offers trail riders a unique experience with every trail ride! With nearly one hundred bridle trails throughout the state, Ohio is the perfect place to enjoy a trail ride!

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Photo: Heather Rader

I had the opportunity to saddle up and ride the trails of Mohican Memorial Forest with my friend, and equine veterinarian, Dr. Christina Coudret and her lovely horses, Reba and Walker. Located in Northeast Ohio in Ashland County, Mohican State Park and Mohican Memorial State Forest offers over 27 miles of bridle trails through beautiful Ohio landscapes. Riders can experience lush green forests, ravines, creeks, rolling terrain, short, steep slopes, and wildlife (birds, deer, squirrels, and wild turkey were on some trails) when on a Mohican bridle trail. It was an enjoyable ride, taking in the beauty of Ohio’s natural landscapes, and reconnecting with nature on the back of a beautiful horse!

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Photo: Heather Rader
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Photo: Heather Rader

Interested in trail riding in Ohio with your horse? Visit Ohio Horseman’s Council for a complete list of bridle trails and trail reviews in Ohio. Don’t own a horse? No problem, several ranches in Ohio offer visitors guided trail rides through some of Ohio’s most beautiful terrain. Ranches like Bear Creek Resort Ranch and Spotted Horse Ranch allow visitors to rent a horse and to participate in guided trail rides.

With numerous metro and state parks to choose from, and hundreds of trail miles with various terrains, horse-lovers will be delighted with Ohio bridle trails! This summer is the perfect time to saddle up, and to ride the trails while taking in Ohio’s natural beauty! 

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