We are collecting below all the different places in Iowa and close to Iowa that you can take your horses and go trail riding and camping.  All of us enjoy being able to do equestrian camping and going and riding on the State park equestrian trails.

If you know of some additional places please send me an email and I will post it along with the others.




Walnut Woods State Park.  http://www.iowadnr.gov/Destinations/StateParksRecAreas/IowasStateParks/ParkDetails.aspx?ParkID=610133&idAdminBoundary=217


River Valley Lodge & Campgrounds  http://www.rivervalleylodgeandcampground.com/horsetrails.html


  • Brushy Creek State Park
  • Elk Rock State Park
  • Lake of Three fires
  • Nine Eagles State Park
  • Shimek State Forest
  • Volga River State Recreation Area
  • Waubonsie State Park
  • Yellow River State Forest



Dickson Timber Forest Preserve.  http://www.mycountyparks.com/county/Carroll/Park/Dickson-Timber.aspx


Jester State Park.  http://www.polkcountyiowa.gov/conservation/parks-trails/13-jester-park/


Swann Lake   

2 miles South 1 mile East of Carroll, 508 acres, 4.5 miles of trail, no camping


Story County    http://www.storycounty.com/index.aspx?dn=400,390,15,6,1,documents

Squirrel Hollow  http://www.mycountyparks.com/county/Greene/Park/Squirrel-Hollow-Park.aspx

Fort Defiance

Stone State Park

8 miles NW of Sioux City on Ia 12, 1085 acres, 8 miles of trail, no camping 712-255-4698

Volga River State Recreation Area

4 miles north of Fayette on 150, 5422 acres, 30 miles of trail, has camping, hitch rails, creek water for horses. 319-425-4161

 Waubonsie State Park

7 miles SW of Sidney on 239 2, 1247 acres, 8 miles of trail, camping, hitch rails, water, 712-382-2786.
RR 2 Box 65
Hamburg IA 51640
Easy access - 4 miles south of Sidney via 275; 2 miles west via 2.
12 miles of great riding up to ridges & down to ravines on wide, well-marked, well-maintained trails. Breast collars & cruppers highly recommended.
Spacious campground with 32 sites, non-modern restroom, drinkable water (hydrants), corrals & hitching posts; no dump station.
fee: $12.00 per night.
Cell phone reception is very good.