One of the best ways to enjoy Maryland is from horseback, and the DNR maintains plenty of park trails for horseback riding. Check out the following parks, all within an hour's drive of Annapolis.
Day Trails to Visit and Explore on Horseback in Maryland:
- Cedarville State Forest - The 19.5 miles of marked trails through this park are shared between equestrians, mountain bikers and hikers, and there are primitive campsites along the trails if you want to spend a weekend on the tail.
- Gunpowder Falls State Park - The state park is huge and it boasts a few areas that are accessible for horseback riding. Sweet Air Area has 18 miles of trails for good sightseeing from horseback.
- Patapsco Valley State Park - With about 100 miles of trails designed for horseback riding, this state park is a destination you can spend several days exploring. And with plenty of campsites available, the DNR makes it easy for equestrians to do so.
- Rosaryville State Park - As a smaller park, Rosaryville is one where you can spend just a couple of hours exploring the trails. It doesn't have campsites, so schedule a visit to this park when you have a shorter ride-time planned.
- Seneca Creek State Park - This state park and the neighboring Schaeffer Farm Trails are popular for equestrians. More than 50 miles of trails are available, providing riders with beautiful scenery to enjoy.
- Susquehanna State Park - Susquehanna State Park is very horse-friendly with 15 miles of trails, a mounting station and manure compost bin near the parking area at the Maintenance Complex. Trails in this park wind through the forests along the rivers.
- Tuckahoe State Park - 20 miles of trails follow the Tackahoe Creek through this state park. They are meant for multi-use activities, such as hiking and biking in addition to horseback riding.
All of these state parks are within an hour's drive from Annapolis, providing you with plenty of fun equestrian activities. Some parks have fresh water available in the park, but check ahead before you pack the trailer to ensure you have enough water for your horse.