Horse Related Information Links:
McHenry County Equestrian is a great place for all things horse related in McHenry County.
KarMik Acres is a private equine facility dedicated to hosting high caliber horsemanship clinics. For a list of upcoming clinics, visit their calendar.
The Hooved Animal Humane Society (HAHS) is a Non-Profit 501(c)(3) organization, founded in 1971 by concerned and committed citizens. It is HAHS’ mission to promote the humane treatment of hooved animals through education, legislation, investigation and if necessary, legal intervention (impoundment). In addition, we provide physical rehabilitation to animals that have endured severe neglect and abuse and then adopt them out to loving forever homes.
The Midwest Renegades Equestrian is a drill team dedicated to performing maneuvers with precision and "in synch" to toe-tapping music. They perform at drill team competitions, rodeos, and parades for the pleasure and entertainment of audiences while maintaining the fun and excitement of riding.
McHenry County Conservation District offers over 20 miles of horseback riding trails at four different sites located throughout the county. Trails may close due to wet conditions in the spring and fall or at any time due to unsafe conditions — call (815) 338-6223 or visit their website to confirm trail status.
Horsemen's Council of Illinois is a statewide coalition of horsemen working together to:
Links to some of the trails we ride
Brookdale: The Paulsen Road Entrance offers a horse trailer parking lot for up to 10 trailers and is the closer access point to the new 3.96-mile multi-purpose trail.
Burnidge: North Trail Loop is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Kane County, Illinois. It is within Burnidge Forest Preserve. It is two miles long and begins at 911 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 237 feet. Near the trailhead there are parking and restrooms. Along the trail there are a shelter, drinking water, and forests.
Chain O'Lakes: Chain O'Lakes has four trail systems. The park also contains an equestrian trail with three loops and a total length of 8 miles. Visitors can bring in their own horses for enjoyment on the trail. A parking lot for horse trailers with access to the equestrian trails is located near the park entrance. A biking/hiking trail, 6 miles in length, can be accessed at any picnic area between the concession stand and the park office. All trails can be used by cross-country skiers.
Deer Run: 594.8-acre Deer Run is southeast of Rockford, accessible from River Road as well as the south branch of the Kishwaukee River. Offers picnic tables and over 9 miles of hiking and equestrian trails, which connect with Oak Ridge to the south. It offers relatively undeveloped natural areas as well as prairie restoration areas.
Glacial Park: Trails within the park wind 4.78 miles through prairies, past savannas and restored wetlands, then cross the recently re-meandered Nippersink Creek. Trailer parking and trail access is available at the Harts Road parking area (off Route 31 north of McHenry) or at the Equestrian/Snowmobile trailer lot on Keystone Road (north of the District’s Keystone Landing).
Hickory Grove: (Cary) - The 3.24 mile trail begins and ends off Hickory Nut Grove Lane and travels the edges of the 400+ acres winding through woodlands. The trail crosses Hickory Nut Grove Road into the Lyons Prairie and Marsh nature preserve section where the trail loops and doubles back. Trailer parking, water and restrooms are available at Hickory Grove Highlands parking are
Lakewood: This preserve features dedicated equestrian trails and additional trails for hiking, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. Bicycling is not allowed on the preserve's trails. A section of the Millennium Trail runs north through Lakewood.
Lockwood: Enjoy Lockwood's beautiful trail system in many ways - hiking, biking, or horseback riding! There are 146 acres with a 15-mile multi-use trail system (no motorized vehicles) winding through both Lockwood and Anna Page parks.
Rock Cut: Two lakes set off the park’s 3,092 acres. Pierce Lake, with 162 acres, is a retreat for people wanting to fish, ice fish or ice skate. A second 50-acre Olson Lake is especially for swimmers. Rounding out the park’s recreational options are camping, hiking, horseback trails and cross-country skiing. Whatever the season, you can be sure there’s quite a bit of activity going on at Rock Cut State Park.
Rush Creek: The five miles of horse trails that transverse through the beautiful woods and open prairie make Rush Creek a popular spot with equestrians. A separate horse trailer parking lot is available. Hitching posts, water and restroom facilities are also available.