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Hay Creek
Located near Redwing Mn., A private campground has pool, showers, tavern, store, Phone Number (651) 388-3998.

Chippewa National Forest
Deep River: 250 miles camping?? PH 218-246-2123

Cut foot Horse Camp in Chippewa National Forest
This horse camp has 23 camp sites with 65 foot back in spurs 12 foot wide. Each campsite has a thirty foot picket line, fireplace, and picnic table Two toilets and hand pump for human and horses. There are 120 miles of trails and numbered forest roads. it's 20 miles north of Deer River on Hwy 46 just north of Lake Winnibigoshish. This is located in the most heavily wooded area in the state . My favorite trail is the 20 mile long Cut Foot Sioux Trail.
There is some select cutting done, but there are heavy stands of White and Norway pine, with high ground sandy roads and trails.They have a reservation system--Call-877-444-6777.
You can contact Dave Sorenson, Asst Ranger at the Deer River Ranger Station---
P.O. Box 308, Deer river, MN. 56636
Phone 218-246-2123 Call for a trail map.

Note from Don Downs:
We are retired and are available to gait and ride anytime. We would enjoy guiding, without charge, any one who has gaited horses. This is the most scenic area in the state with the largest trail system, which consist of numbered forest roads and trails on high sandy ground thru the heaviest timbered area in the state. The forest service has restricted most of the cutting to seclect cut areas.
You can ride this area for five days and not see the same country twice.
Don & Clara Downs,Sr.
Hibbing Mn Phone 218-263-3743.
Submitted By: Don & Clara Downs

Camden State Park Horse camp
Lynd: Trails camping PH 507-865-4530

Forrestville State Park
Preston: 14 miles of trail, has campground with water, Tie rails, showers available at non-horse campground. Ph 507-352-5111
Horse Camp Reservations 1-800-246-2267

Maple Springs camp has a trail that accesses the trails in Forrestville state park.

Glacial Lakes State Park
Starbuck: Trails PH 612-239-2860

Hennepin Parks/Three Rivers Park District
Hennepin Parks/Three Rivers Park District, which has six parks with a combined total of over 50 miles of horse trails.
Two of the parks have accommodations for group overnight camping by reservation.
Rather than detail each one, Here is the web address for the park district, where they provide details on each park, download-able trail maps, reservation and contact information, and locations.

Web Page Hennepin Parks/Three Rivers Park District
Submitted By: Carmen Steuck

Heartland State Trail
Nevis: 49 Miles, PH 218-652-4054

Lac Qui State Park
Montevideo: Trails camping PH 612-752-4736

Lake Louise
Le Roy: 7 miles, has camping, water, showers in regular campground. State park general info Ph 800-657-3700.

Maplewood State Park
Pelican Rapids: 25 miles, PH 218-863-8383

Pillsbury State Forest
Brainard: 27 miles, PH 218-828-2565
Has primitive campsites available. Best to ride in the spring and fall. There are out houses and a well on site.
Submitted By: Lynne Widner

St. Croix State Forest, Tamarack
Has 50+ campsites, several group and individual sites with tie rails, fire pit, and picnic tables. There are CLEAN out houses, firewood, water (both river and well), and manure pits. Cost is $9.00 per night and patrolled daily. The riding is challenging (for MN) with may river crossings, steps and switchbacks. Drive 23 miles east on Hwy 23 from Hinkley, MN. Turn left on Cty 173, go approx. 5 miles to Tamarack Forest Road. Go approx. 4 miles and follow the signs. Ph 320-384-6591
Submitted By: Lynne Widner

St. Croix State Park
St. Croix State Park has about 60 miles of horse trails, 20 horse campsites, and a showerhouse and flush toilets, also vault toilets by campsites. Hydrant available for horses and drinking water in showerhouse. Picket lines at each site and manure pits, and corrals. Mature pines throughout campground. You can drive a car down all the trails. Novices can ride any of the trails. Reservations are available, and recommended if you go on a weekend. Phone: 320-384-6591 Directions: Hinckley, MN, Park entrance is located off State Highway 48. Park headquarters is on County Road 22, 5 miles south of the park entrance. Submitted By: Melissa Hemken

Sibley State Park
New London: Trail PH 612-354-2055

Taconite State Trail
Tower: 330 miles, camping?? PH 218-753-6256

Wild River State Park
Center City: 35 Miles of trail, Camping, PH 612-583-2125

Arrow Head State Trail
Tower: 145 Miles, camping?? PH 218-753-6256

Minnesota Valley National
Bloomington: PH 612-854-5900

Minnesota Valley State Park
Jordan: PH 612-492-6400

North Shore State Trail
Two Harbors: Trail PH 218-834-5238

Paul Bunyan State Forest
The Paul Bunyan State Forest near Park Rapids, Mn Has many miles of trails. There is rustic camping available in the forest.

Hole In The Mountain County Park
Lake Benton: Hole In The Mountain County Park, near Lake Benton, Mn. has horse camp, with water and some electric hookups. It is on Hwy #14 west of Lake Benton, Mn.
Submitted By: Jan Petersen

Zumbro Bottoms
Take interstate 90 and exit at Eyota, go thru Eyota on to Elgin, thru Elgin on to Planview - Keep going thru town, there will be a John Deere Dealer on your left shortly after that, turn left onto hwy. 4. I'm not sure how many miles on this road, it curves around, you will go past the Whiperwill Campground, then you will see an old church that has been turned into a house, turn right onto the gravel road. This is a good climb for Minnesota. Again I'm not sure how many miles on this gravel road, but then on your right you will see a brown sign that say "Zumbro Bottoms Unit Management" turn left. This is a very narrow gravel rd. It goes thru a farm place, trailer house on right side, barn on the left. Shortly after that you'll come to the camp ground. Its pretty secluded. To get to the other campsites you must come from the North, but you can ride the trails to all the camps.
Submitted By: Lisa Huston

Dover exit which we found shorter than the Eyota exit. Just take County 10 North. It turns into County 4. At the top sign on the edge of Plainview turn right onto 42. At the John Deere place turn left onto 4. Go past Whiperwill Campground to the outskirts of Theilman. Turn right at the second turn into Theilman, you will go past a church on your left. Continue on this road to the Zumbro Bottoms Unit Management sign. This road is very narrow so hope you do not meet anyone.
This is the West Assembly Unit. Campsites have been added with good high line hitching rails. If you do not know the area and trails I suggest always packing a lunch and taking a canteen with you. I have no idea how many miles of trails but every year they seem to add more. Also, two weekends of the year are open to dirt bikes.
You may want to call ahead for information on when those weekends are.

Note from: Melissa Hemken
At the state forest Zumbro Bottoms the two weekends when the dirt bikes are there are the weekend before Memorial Day and the weekend after Labor Day. My friends and I were there the weekend after Labor Day and most of the bikers are very courteous and stop and shut off their engines when they see horses. Also one of the rangers said that the bikers are better campers than the horse people. Considering that the trails at Zumbro are mainly for horses, please clean up your campsite.
Also the bikers camp at the North and Main Assembly Areas, but they are not allowed at the West Assembly Area. The West Assembly has water that is fit for horses but not for humans!
Submitted By: Melissa Hemken

Zumbro Bottoms Horse Campground-Main
1801 S Oak, Lake City MN 55041
Phone: 651-345-3216
Directions: From Wabasha take St.Hwy. 61 (S) to Kellogg; Turn right on Co.Rd. 18,
Features: Near Zumbro River.
Picnic Sites (1)
Horse Campsites: 10

Zumbro Bottoms Horse Campground-West
1801 S. Oak, Lake City MN 55041
Phone: 651-345-3216
Directions: From south of Lake City on Hwy. 61 take Co.Rd. 4 (S) to Theilman; turn left (E) on Co.Rd. 86.
Picnic Sites (1)
Horse Campsites: 20

Zumbro Bottoms Horse Campground-North
1801 S. Oak, Lake City MN 55041
Phone: 651-345-3401
Directions: From Wabasha take Hwy. 60 (W) 7 mi. to Co.Rd. 86. Turn left, go 2 mi. to township road then veer left at the Zumbro Bottoms sign.
Horse Campsites: 5

Zumbro Bottoms, MN update 6/15/02 Zumbro Bottoms is now under the management of the Minnesota DNR, Frontenac Division.
The phone number is now 651-345-3401.
They have added 21 camp sites at the West Assembly Area, some are back in and some are drive through. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring.
They have also added new pit toilets. New hitching rails have also been added.
There is a lot of room between the sites.

Camping fees are $9.00 per sleeping unit.

Please remember that the river is very dangerous and it is not safe to water your horse in it nor to ride in it.
Submitted By: Russ & Monita Engstler

Togo Horse Camp
Togo Horse Camp opened in the George Washington State Forest. It's 20 miles north of Nashwauk Minnesota next to Thistledew Lake. It's a beautiful new horse camp with pull thru camp sites and alot of open spaces. You can use portable corrals or electric fence as long as they do not encircle trees. There are 30 to 50 miles of trails. About one half the trails are on a hilly range They also have picket lines at each camp site.
Submitted By: Don & Clara Downs

Outback Ranch
Awesome, beautiful trails! Outback Ranch offers about 1,000 acres of private trails, with access to Wet Bark State Forest, where you will find 9 miles of trails http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_forests/sft00033/index.html

Outback Ranch trails are rolling to steep, ranging from grassy to very rocky and most are two horse wide. Most trails are located in the woods, and this area tends to be somewhat bug free.

This area is called the "Mountains of Minnesota", and the trails are awesome, fun and a bit challenging in spots.

Outback Ranch offers both electric and non-electric camping sites and a water pump in the main camp site. Hitching rails are available as well as tie posts, you must provide your own tie lines. They also have an outdoor arena and stalls are available.
Contact Owners Jake & Holly Wieser
507-896-5550 office.

E-mail: Jake & Holly Wieser
Web Page Outback Ranch,Inc
Submitted By: Raven Flores

Wet Bark State Forest
Awesome, beautiful trails! Wet Bark State Forest, offers 9 miles of trails http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_forests/sft00033/index.html with access to Outback Ranch which offers about 1,000 acres of private trails.

Wet Bark State Forest, offers horse camping, pit toilet, shaded camp sites, picnic tables, but NO WATER, you must bring your own. There are two camp sites, one for small rigs, not over 40 feet..due to tight circle driveway. And the second site, accommodates larger rigs and also has one wooden corral.

Wet Bark trails are rolling to steep, ranging from grassy to very rocky and most are two horse wide. Most trails are located in the woods, and this area tends to be somewhat bug free. Horses should be shod and in condition! There are NO water crossings, therefore no place to water your horses while on the trail.

This area is called the "Mountains of Minnesota", and the trails are awesome, fun and a bit challenging in spots. From Houston, take county road 13 west 5 miles. Contact Park Ranger at 507-724-2107.
Submitted By: Raven Flores

Rum River State Forest
Ogilive: Go North on Hwy 47 out of Ogilvie about 5 miles to Kanabec Co Rd. 6.
Go Left (West) on 210th Ave. across from Co. Rd. 6 and follow 210th to it's end at the T in the road. Go Left at the T (Cable St.) to the first road to your Right (West) Co. Rd. 57. Follow 57 approx. 2 miles to a sign on your left hand side for the Rum River Forest.
Just inside the gate there is a parking area for the vehicles. Trails come off the dirt road running through the forest in both directions, and some are loops.
There are no maps or signs so bring your GPS or good "well directioned" horse.

Submitted By: Deb Krist

Karmaden Ranch (Northern Minnesota)
Near Walker MN: We provide horse boarding (pasture, hay, grain, water,& TLC) with indoor stalls. Rates are based daily, weekly, or monthly. We also have accomodations for the horse owners.
Country Living, Every Room done in knotty pine, fully furnished, private walk-out cobblestone patio w/grill, full view of the horses, and computer w/ internet access.
Living Room 12'x17', Kitchen 13'x10',Bedroom 13'x9, and full bathroom.
We are located 7 miles from Bemidji, MN
We are within riding distance from Schoolcraft Game Refuge, Paul Bunyan State Forest and the State Recreation Trail
29 miles north if Walker, MN
We are right on Highway 71 South

Kari Morphew
E-Mail: Kari Morphew

Lake Elmo Park Reserve
Lake Elmo: (15-20 minutes east of downtown St Paul, Minnesota)
20 camping sites (non-electric)
Hand pump for water and faucet
Portable toilets
8 miles of multi-use trails are available to equestrian users in the spring, summer, and fall.
Equestrian trails are shared with mountain bike users and hikers

Located 1 mile north of I-94 and 2.5 miles east of I-694 at the intersection of County Road 19 (Keats Avenue North) and County Road 10 (10th Street North) in the City of Lake Elmo, Minnesota.
1515 Keats Avenue North
Lake Elmo, MN 55042
Phone 651-430-8370
Web Page Lake Elmo Park Reserve
Submitted By: Jenny Jorissen

Karmaden Ranch
Walker: Karmaden Ranch is located 29 miles north of Walker, MN, 8 miles south of Bemidji, MN, we are right on Highway 71 . We are very close to the Paul Bunyan State Trail and the Schoolcraft Game Refuge. Miles and Miles of trails to ride on. Starting in September we will be boarding horses as well having a tack store with a variety of horse related items, from saddles to decorative candles.
Address: 47733 US 71 South, Laporte MN 56461
Phone: 218-759-6933 or 218-766-5756.
E-Mail: Karmaden Ranch, Kari Morphew

El Rancho Manana Campground Riding Stable & Recreation Area
Richmond: Horseback Riding and camping - 25 Miles of Trails.
Special sites for the Horse owner.
Trolley & Wagonelle Rides, Tradition Style Family Camping

27302 Ranch Road
Richmond, MN 56368
Phone 320-597-2740
Web Page El Rancho Manana

Eagle Forest Acres
Blackduck: Eagle Forest Acres is located 20 miles northwest of Blackduck, MN, on Minnesota Route 1, just 25 miles south of Upper Red Lake. From Blackduck, MN take Route 72 north 9 miles to Route 1. Go west 11 miles on Route 1 to Cozzi Farm Rd NE.

6000 private acres. In excess of 30 miles of multi-use trails. Horses stay in outdoor corrals.

Camping cabins available for overnight stays. The cabins sleep 4 to 6 adults very comfortably. Each heated cabin is equipped with a microwave, coffee maker,mini refridgerator, picnic bench, and outdoor grill.

Clubhouse facilities include restaurant, 4 seasons porch, sauna, men's and women's showers and restroom facilities.

Equestrian trails are shared with mountain bike users and hikers.

Submitted By: Karl Vorderbruggen
Web Page Eagle Forest Acres

Town of Dassel/Darwin
Dassel/Darwin, park in the middle of both towns. Meeker County Park Service, also offers overnight camping for up to 6 rigs. No water.
Submitted By: Mona Evens

Stanley Eddie
Smaller Park, open to horseback riding on the South side. Beautiful, tallest point in Wright County. Wright County Park Service. I think you could camp overnight. Up to 3 rigs. No water.
Submitted By: Mona Evens

Sand Dunes State Forest.
Sherburne County Parks maybe, or they would refer you to right area.
Many, many miles of trails. Several inlets to the park. One with water. Others, I don't think so.
Overnight camping in the main area. Often used for Endurance and CTR rides.
Large area, a guide is helpful. Could get lost out there. GPS.
I still haven't seen a good map for this area. YUP, could get lost.
Submitted By: Mona Evens

Lake Maria State Park.
Maple Lake MN. State Park, very nice. No overnight camping. Water available. Very pretty.
Submitted By: Mona Evens

Eagle Park
Eagle Park, County Park, Rockville MN. Stearns County Parks. Not officially open yet.
But in the planning process. Will have horse trails and overnight camping. Water. But, not open yet.
Submitted By: Mona Evens

City of Big Falls Horse Camp
Big Falls: Located on Hwy 71 North in Minnesota, along the beautiful Bigfork River rapids.
Six horse sites with water, electric, tether lines, fire pit and picnic tables.
Access to full modern shower/bathroom facilities at the RV park next door. (call for current charges) Many miles of marked trails, and many more miles to explore on your own in the scenic heart of the MN wilderness.

City of Big Falls
218-556-4825 evenings and weekends

E-Mail: City of Big Falls Horse Camp
Web Page City of Big Falls Horse Camp
Submitted by: City of Big Falls Horse Camp

Gold Mine Ranch
Bemidji: Located 8 miles NE of Bemidji, Minnesota. Box stall or pasture board available, full care, 10 x 14 box stalls, 80 x 160 indoor heated arena & barn (AC in barn, arena remains about 65 in summer), indoor wash rack w/hot-cold water, tack lockers, heated viewing lounge, restroom, safe fencing (no barbed wire), separate pens available, miles of wooded trails on state land right out front gate, close to town on paved road, large parking and turnaround area. Daily, weekly or monthly board.
Ideal for snowbirds headed south for winter, BSU students (8 miles from BSU) or overnight layovers. We do not offer training, lessons or trail rides and we are not big enough to be hiring outside help.
Phone 218-759-1298.
E-Mail: Gold Mine Ranch
Web Page Gold Mine Ranch

7 Mile Creek County Park
Between Mankato and St. Peter is 7 mile creek county park.
There are miles of trail and bridges crossing and recrossing the creek all sheltered in the creek valley.
Wooded, picnic tables and grills, bathrooms. I always see the horse trailers parked on the Minnesota river side pf the park, there is an underpass there beneath highway 169.
Submitted by: Heidi


Layover Hosts for your horse or mule. (No Trail access)

Rodeo Grounds, Fair Grounds, B and B's, Horse Motels, Private residences

Campgrounds, ranches and trail ride places are also Overnight hosts. The places listed here are "OVERNIGHT ONLY".

This is a link to B & B Online,   Bed and Breakfast with equine accommodations

Steve Vollmer
Nisswa: Vollmer Harness and Saddle Shop. Stalls, holding pens, camper hookup, or lodging nearby. PH 218-963-4687.
1102 Mission Road, Nisswa, MN, 56468.

Chimney Rock Farm B&B
Hastings: Box stalls, tie stalls, camper hookup and Bunkhouse. Ph 612-438-3121 or 612-437-4698.
Addr: 21637 Joan Avenue, Hastings, Mn. 55033

Rain Quarter Horses
Lanesboro: Located in the heart of "Historic Bluff Country" in Southeastern Minnesota, we offer inside/outside lodging for your horse (trailer parking included). Our farm in located in a valley of 52 acres of woods. We can provide individual stalls inside our barn or lodging in enclosed lots around the barn. Forestville State Park has wonderful horse trails; lodging and other activities are bountiful in beautiful Historic Bluff Country.
For more information call: 1-507-765-2774
E-Mail Rain Quarter Horses

Suzanne & John Splettstoesser
Isle: We are located 6 miles south of Isle, (Mille Lacs Lake), on Hwy 47, by mile marker 85. We are disconnecting our internet service for the summer (2002), as we are too busy to want to use it. A number where we can be reached is, 320-676-3623. Early morning or late evening is the best time to catch us.
Our address is 35422 State Highway 47 Isle, MN 56342
We are approximately 90 miles north of Minneapolis, by Mille Lacs Lake, which is a lake, very popular for fishing walleye.
E-Mail Suzanne & John Splettstoesser

Mankato: Just 4 miles SW of Mankato, MN near Minneopa State Park, indoor stalls and outdoor pastures (some with shelter) available for horses year round. 50 amp electric plugs for your LQ trailer, barn hospitality room with kitchennette, bathroom and shower available for use.
Indoor and outdoor arenas and covered round pen. Stay for a night or a week.
Facilities also available for rent for horse clinics/camps.
Limited trail riding on minimum maintenance and field roads and hay fields.
Cell (507) 381-6684 Address: 54521 Grouse Circle, Mankato MN 56001

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Trail Rides (bring your own horse or mule)

Bluff Country Trail Ride
Wykoff, Bluff Country Trail Ride. 3 miles north of Wykoff on County Rd. #5, West l/8 Mile on County Rd. 8. Watch for sign. Primative camping with creek running through camp. Organized weekend ride consists of scenic trails in Southeastern MN. Wagon rides, dance (2 nights), horse and tack sale. PRE-REGISTRATION ONLY.

Ride date, Sept. 6-7-8, 2013

Denny's Trailer Sales
18880 County Rd 8
Wykoff, MN 55990

Web Page Denny's Trailer Sales

Ride, dance and have fun at an affordable price.
Denny and Kathy Grell
For more information call (507) 352-5491
E-mail: Denny and Kathy Grell click here

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