Horseback Riding

Explore your MetroParks from high in the saddle! There are more than 30 miles of trails available for equestrian use at five MetroParks. If you don’t have a horse of your own, you can ride one of the horses at the Carriage Hill Riding Center, which also offers pony rides and lessons to get you started.

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Carriage Hill Riding Center

8111 E. Shull Rd., Dayton, OH 45424 Directions >

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The Carriage Hill Riding Center offers horseback riding activities for beginner through intermediate riders, focusing on safety, balanced position and proper horsemanship. Check out the schedule of seasonal camps, lessons and trail rides. For those 2-8 years of age, hand-led pony rides are offered in summer and fall on the weekends.

Possum Creek Bridle Trail

5000 Frytown Rd., Dayton, OH 45414 Directions >

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The more than 4-mile bridle trail at Possum Creek is relatively flat and scenic and has very few obstacles, which makes it perfect for beginners. The trail’s close proximity to the City of Dayton allows riders to get away to the country without the long drive. It loops the park, taking riders past the farm and community gardens. Horse trailers can be parked and unloaded at the Horse Trailer lot at 5000 Frytown Road. Water, picnic tables, grills and restrooms are available at the trailer lot.

Englewood Bridle Trail

4361 W. National Rd., Vandalia, OH 45377 Directions >

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Englewood’s 3.5-mile horse path is wide enough for riding side by side. The trail’s long, flat stretches are good for canter work. Trailer parking is available near Camp Old National. 

Sugarcreek Bridle Trails

7700 Dayton Wilmington Pike, Bellbrook, OH 45305 Directions >

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Sugarcreek offers the longest and most challenging horse trails in the MetroParks. The trails include more than 8 miles of varied terrain, hills, open spaces, wooded areas and creek crossings. Interconnected loops allow for a variety of rides. Horse trailers can be parked and unloaded at the Horse Trailer lot, just south of the park office at 7636 Wilmington Pike. Water, picnic tables, grills and restrooms are available at the trailer lot and at several locations along the trail.

Twin Creek Bridle Trails

8568 Morning Start Road, Carlisle, OH 45005 Directions >

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Twin Creek has nearly 7 miles of relatively flat, scenic bridle trails that include several wide water crossings with beautiful views up- and downstream in the Twin Valley. The trails are great on hot summer days but also offer a nature-filled experience throughout the year. A horse trailer parking lot is available on Morningstar Road.

Carriage Hill Bridle Trails

7743 E. Shill Rd., Dayton, OH 45424 Directions >

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The bridle trails at Carriage Hill travel through woodlands and prairies. They are relatively flat, with a few hills, and creek and road crossings on the outer loop. There are several open areas for canter work.  The trail is centrally located, near the Interstate 70-Interstate 75 interchange. Horses should be loaded and unloaded at the horse trailer parking lot.

Horseback Riding in Five Rivers MetroParks

Five Rivers MetroParks offers 30 miles of bridle trails. The following parks offer great trails for those looking for a nature experience on horseback:

Getting Started

The Carriage Hill MetroPark Riding Center offers lessons, camps, pony rides and much more! Check out the program schedule for our weekly classes and programs.

Programs & Events

Summer Camps

Get the kids signed up for summer adventure!

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Learn new skills & get thrills in your MetroParks!

  • Teen Adventure Camp
  • Youth Adventure Camp
  • Teen Paddling Camp
  • Horseback Riding Camps

Learn more about camps on our Youth & Teens page.

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