Horseback Riding Michigan: Find Your Best Trail
Horseback riding in Michigan, you say? Longing to get out on the open trails atop a beautiful horse?
You’re in luck. In addition to Michigan’s dramatically beautiful coastline, you’ll find even more natural beauty inland. Stunning landscapes filled with rolling hills, open fields and age-old forests provide endless trails for horseback riding.
Horseback riding is great exercise and spending quiet time in nature is good for the soul, too. No experience is required in most places, and you’ll probably receive some quick instruction (or more) before you head out, or be accompanied by a guide.
Here’s the best news: You don’t need a cowboy or cowgirl girl hat or a button-up shirt to ride. Just a good attitude and some close-toed shoes.
Read on to find 15 top spots to go horseback riding in Michigan, and scroll to the bottom for an interactive map to help you plan your trip!
Go Horseback Riding in Northern Michigan
Cindy’s Riding Stable
7447 Market Street, Mackinac Island, MI 49775
Run, don’t walk, to Cindy’s Riding Stable on Mackinac Island! They run mainly on a first come first
serve basis, so make sure you get there bright and early. While you’re hustling to get in, don’t forget
about the great views of Lake Huron ahead.
Maple Ridge Stables
8097 Sunshine Trail, Vanderbilt, Michigan 49795
What’s a better cherry on top to your Northern Michigan vacation than a horseback ride? Nothing! Check
out Maple Ridge Stables as there is a horse for every level of rider.
Outrider Horseback Riding
7922 Ole White Drive Lake Ann, Michigan 49650
If you have a little one, Outrider Horseback Riding has you covered. Offering hand lead pony rides, your
kiddo can also have a good time. However, they have horses for all levels of experienced riders so no one
will be left out!
Where to Go Horseback Riding in Mid Michigan
3914 W. Isabella Rd. Shepherd, MI 48883
Kissinger Farm is more than just a place to get a beautiful ride in. They also have goats, ducks, dogs, barn
cats, chickens, sheeps, and lambs. Get a full day of animal loving in and your whole family will leave
Sundance Riding Stables
9250 Nixon Rd, Grand Ledge, MI 48837
Sundance Riding Stables is a great place for beginners to start. They begin by discussing your past riding
experience and assign you a horse according to your level. Their trails encompass over 200 acres and are
strictly walk/trot speed.
Where to Go Horseback Riding in West Michigan
Double RR Ranch
4424 Whites Bridge Rd. Belding Michigan 48809
Double RR Ranch is the perfect spot for a mini getaway. With plenty of campsites, two swimming pools,
a golf course and more, your family will have a blast. An added bonus? There is horseback trail riding rain or shine!
Layton’s Rolling View Farm
3155 24TH St, Hopkins, MI, 49328
With over 280 acres of land, Layton’s Rolling View Farm is sure to not disappoint. You can even take
riding lessons if you’re interested in learning how the professionals ride. However, if you’re just looking
to sit back and enjoy the ride, then you can do that too.
181 55th Street Grand Junction MI 49056
Simpsarosa Stables’s secret is that their open year round. Offering horseback trail rides, pony rides, a
campfire area, and lakeside camping sites, this quaint location is a great place to relax.
Stony Lake Stables
4345 South 44th Avenue, New Era, MI 49446
At $39 per hour ride, how can you say no to a ride at Stony Lake Stables? Enjoy West Michigan’s
scenery without breaking the bank!
Wild West Ranch
1861 52nd St Fennville, MI 49408
You say Hallmark I say Wild West Ranch! Take your significant other on their dream winter wonderland
horse drawn carriage ride and you’ll have a memory that lasts forever.
Where to Go Horseback Riding in South Central Michigan
Coldwater Lake Stable
710 Quimby Rd. Coldwater, Michigan 49036
If your kid is anything like I was, then they have been begging you for a horse. Well, here is a quick
solution. Throw them a pony party for their birthday at Coldwater Lake Stable! Up to 50 people and
access to the indoor lounge and picnic tables. I know I would’ve loved it.
Horse’N Around Stables Trail Rides
12891 Trist Rd, Grass Lake, MI 49240
As fall is approaching, Horse’N Around is not horse’n around. Offering moonlight trail rides, I can’t say
anything but count me in!
Where to Go Horseback Riding in Southeast Michigan and the Thumb
Pine River Stables
1200 Stein Rd. St. Clair, MI 48079
If you already know you’re going to ride on multiple occasions, Pine River Stables is a great place to get
the best bang for your buck. Sign up for their VIP Club and you will get every sixth ride free!
High Vibe Trail Rides
2471 Meadowood Lane, Milford, MI 48380
Through the North Loop of Kensington Park, High Vibe Trail Rides is a unique trail ride experience.
Winding through nature and the river, this is a great ride for a family fun weekend.
Brighton Rec Stables
6660 Chilson Rd, Howell, MI 48843
Whether you’re from the area or not, you’ll find a scenic ride through Brighton State Rec Area enjoyable.
You can choose from one or two-hour rides depending on your group’s preference. You may also want to
look into the Family Ride if you have smaller kiddos as this is a great way to introduce them to horseback
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About the Author-
Allie Horning is a current undergraduate Senior studying Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science at Michigan State University. She has had a passion for writing since elementary school and hopes to continue writing throughout her life, whether it be for fun or for work. Or, if the two overlap that would be even better! Currently she is figuring out her post-graduation plans and enjoying her last true summer.