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Last Updated: 9/10/2013
Many outdoor activities seem to come in pairs: hunting and fishing; boating and swimming; and skiing and sledding, to name a few. One dynamic duo becoming more and popular in Wisconsin is the combination of camping and horseback riding; and why not? Some of the best places for riding also happen to be some of the best, most scenic spots for camping!
Many campgrounds now facilitate comfortable, convenient overnight adventures for both horse and rider. Wisconsin’s equestrian-friendly campgrounds feature hitching rails, riding trails, and extra long parking spurs to accommodate horse trailers. Be sure to call ahead to find out exact hours of operation (some places are closed for the winter) and reservation information (some spots have only a limited number of horse-camping sites).
So don’t leave Trigger behind; throw a saddle in with your camping equipment and head out to one of these equestrian-friendly campgrounds.
Thirty miles of trail looping through gently rolling hardwood ridges make a beautiful backdrop for riding enthusiasts of all kinds. Nearby, be sure to visit the amazing Governor Tommy G Thompson Fish Hatchery, the largest of its kind in the world!
Pioneer Park and Campground - Ogema
In addition to many amenities and miles of trails, Pioneer Park also offers a unique horse pull track. One block from the campground is the popular Pine Line Recreation Trail, 26 miles of beautiful trails for riders to enjoy!
Triple HHH not only offers camping for both horse and human, it also provides horse rentals for those folks who don’t have their own. Guided trail rides are available for all levels of riders. Before heading home, you might want to tour Twin Valley Bison & Quarter Horse Ranch in nearby Prairie Farm.
Annie’s Campground - Gresham
A 185-acre campground adjacent to 1,000 acres of private land available for riding and only one mile from the Mountain Bay State Trail which opens up another 56 miles of trail. Annie’s is open year round. Also open year round: Smith Rapids Campground in Park Falls.
Wildcat Mountain State Park - Ontario
One of several state parks offering riding trails, rentals, and camping for horse lovers, Wildcat Mountain overlooks the beautiful Kickapoo Valley. Camping and riding work up one’s appetite so you might want to visit the Old Country Cheese factory in nearby Cashton, the heart of Amish country, before you leave.