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Dane County Parks

Equestrian Trails

COVID-19 Alert: Horse Trail Permits must be purchased online or by calling our office in advance. Restrooms/water are closed.

Visit our Parks Changes and Updates Due to COVID-19 webpage for a full list of park updates.

Equestrians have access to more than 26 miles of trails in five different parks, each with its own unique features and terrain. A Horse Trail Permit (daily or annual) is required for trail use with your horse and may be purchased online.

Equestrian trails are open seasonally - please see our Facility Opening and Closing Schedule webpage for opening and closing dates. For trail conditions, please visit the Closures & Trail Conditions webpage.

Donald County Park

Mileage: 8.4 miles inside park, 17.5 miles outside park
Trail Map (PDF)

The longest horse trail system in the park system, with multiple loops and a variety of scenery including woods, pine groves, restored prairies, and rock outcroppings. A solid day of riding is available, along with level trailer parking, and ample hitching rails. A rider mounting assistance platform is available. Map created by Friends of Donald County Park.

McCarthy Youth & Conservation County Park

Mileage: 4.2 miles
Trail Map (PDF)

A perfect place to take kids for their first trail ride. Woods, field, meadow and wetland scenery, this system has multiple beginner level loops for a couple hours of riding.

Silverwood County Park

Mileage: 4.6 miles
Trail Map (PDF)

Enjoy fields and woods with very few rocks, easy trailer turnaround, and views of llamas! Great for a half day or after-work ride.

Token Creek County Park

Mileage: 2.5 miles
Trail Map (PDF)

Trails skirt various use areas and offer fairly flat and easy terrain, take your barefoot horses and enjoy a short jaunt. Suitable for novice riders.

Walking Iron County Park

Mileage: 5.8 miles
Trail Map (PDF)

Flat, wide riding trails that border Black Earth Creek and leafy mixed hardwood forest, easy rig turnaround. A great place to take your driving pony.