Explore the most popular horseback riding trails in Michigan with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

A nice little urban forest trail. Mixed use in some places, well marked, with porta-johns in the parking lot, pet waste bags and trash cans available, as well as a few benches. Not especially challenging, but a pleasant hike. I saw a variety of squirrels, a deer and a turtle on my bike and heard an owl nearby but didn't see it. Trails are wide and clean.

Although the trail is beautiful, I'm giving it a low rating for a couple of reasons: 1. the trail blazers are virtually all missing so most of the time you have no idea where the heck you are; 2. the intersection markers/maps are defaced by gunshot and are difficult to impossible to read so again, good luck figuring out where you are; 3. although the trail starts out wide and easy to see, it peters out in places to the point of being difficult to impossible to see...for awhile I'm not sure I was even on the trail anymore. it's a pretty park and it's a darn shame the blazes and trail intersections aren't given a little love. I doubt I'll hike here again

This was a wonderful, well-groomed trail. Just for hikers. Take your big spray! We loved this quick hike!

we brought our bikes. a little hard for my 5 year old... but we did go 3.39 miles! not paved, i think that was what made it the hardest. but so pretty and quiet. gasp... bugs, there were bugs outside. we survived, did not donate to much blood to the suckers. will for sure be back!

Great hike. Bring bug spray.

I moved to Richmond so I could ride this trail whenever I want to. Great trail.

hiking
19 days ago

I’ve missed this trail on previous visits. It’s overshadowed by the paved hike/bike trail. But it’s a hidden gem! Perfect length for me but several shortcuts can make the trail longer or shorter. Quiet and well groomed. Very easy to navigate. There are informational signs and plenty of places to rest. There weren’t a lot of bugs. Wildflower meadows make butterflies abundant.

Pontiac lake mtb trail was great to run. I'll definitely be back.

horseback riding
21 days ago

It is okay for riding but not the best. There are a few trails that are decent but there is one big loop that would be nice but it is completely covered and pretty much not passable unless you want to just close your eyes and let your horse plow through the low bushes. The trails more by the biking trails are okay. Rather buggy. Traffic over the weekend on the lake is not ideal for horses, dogs running everyone, loud boats and seadoos, children screaming.. this park could be great for horses but it really just isn’t.

A pretty easy out and back hike. Part of the trail is a shared equestrian trail so you have to watch where you step. There's a nice scenic overlook above Pontiac Lake. The park abuts Oakland County Intl Airport so you still hear a lot of air traffic here...just no getting away from it. other than that, a nice little hike that could be followed up by a swim of you're inclined.

Did the Penosha and Kahchin trails a couple days ago. Well marked, get paper maps at the gate. All trails start off the parking lot at Bishop Lake. Very few bugs on the day I went, using a basic low-Deet bugspray. Looks like the previously eroded areas others mentioned have been reinforced with rubber [recycled tires?] gradations to prevent future erosion. Saw a few people on the Penosha nearer to the far parking area, but otherwise it was quiet. Great hike in a wooded area. There is a paved half-loop around Bishop Lake that was very scenic. Swimming area at the lake if you plan to cool off afterwards.

I’m sorry but that is not a six mile trail. The loop is about three miles..... not sure what path anyone takes that equals six miles. We got lost and ended up in the red trail. Turned back and still only had 5.8 on my Garmin.... nice trail with good hills and such, but I’m pretty sure the mileage is not accurate.

Nice well marked trail.

Good hike! A lot of sites to see, also a nice lake in the area. Will visit again!

Watch out for Poison Ivy. Bring a wide brim hat for the deer flies and a bazooka for the horse flies.

Extremely sandy, similar to walking on a soft beach, so be prepared to stabilize your ankles and to get some sand in your shoes. I can see why it’s a good horse trail. The forest is beautiful and lush, but there was a lot of trash along the trail.

1 month ago

This is the red trail loop at Ft Custer. This is a really beautiful trail, lots of changing scenery! As with the green trail, it is mostly very narrow and lots of blind curves, so if you're a hiker I would recommend hiking towards bike traffic. Stay alert and get out of the way... in my experience on these trails, bikers don't have much time to slow down.

1 month ago

This trail is super well marked. Be aware, it is very narrow most of the time with lots of blind curves and there are a lot of bikers. This is not specifically posted anywhere, but I would recommend hiking the opposite direction as the bikes so you have a better chance to see each other coming.

Dark forest, truly moderate trail ride. Perfect amount of groom/left alone.

trail running
1 month ago

Good mix of running trails and biking trails. Either can be run on, but if you’re looking to run at a decent pace, I would stick to the regular trails. If just out for fun, bike trails are fine though. Footing quality depends on which parts you’re in. I’ve fallen once in the ~20x I’ve run there. Usually if you pay attention you’ll be ok though. Only downside is that it’s easy to get lost in/not know where you are. That could likely be avoided by checking maps along the trails, but I don’t like stopping while I’m running. Great source of shade in the summer and fall until the leaves fall, then footing can get precarious.

Very well marked trail. Decent for all skill types.

I thought it was a nice trail - no major points of interest along the way, but it wasn’t bad. I hiked along the A and part of the B loop (took the cutoff back to A part way through the B section). It took me about about 2 1/2 hours and I think it was somewhere around 6 miles. Definitely bring bug spray, I couldn’t really stop because the bugs would just start to swarm around me if I stopped moving. This is a good trail if you want some distance to get in some exercise. I’m not a mountain biker, but it seems like it would be a pretty smooth trail to ride on.

Great trail! Here for a wedding great way to get some exercise in.

Beautiful park and some good hills on the path. Only 3 stars because of how narrow the path is with so many blind corners, many times we have to very quickly jump into the woods and brush to avoid collision with mountain bikers. We had our dog with us and a few times it was a little hard to get out of the way quickly. Tons of bugs too - lots of mosquitos this time of year we reapplied big spray often. Also, this is listed at 8 something miles, but the full loop is 11 miles.

A challenging hike for this part of Michigan.

Hilly, buggy, and serpentine. Sometimes it felt like the trail went down a quarter mile slope down only to 180 at the trough and go right back up again.

Not much aesthetic or biodiversity as the trail only slithered around a few square miles of forest.

After a 6 hour hike, we walked out with 6 or 7 lbs of summer chanterelles. Pretty cool. I’ll go back in the fall to avoid the bugs.

A great trail. peaceful. A very enjoyable afternoon. I took my time, and enjoyed every minute of it.

on Woodland Trail

hiking
1 month ago

So many bugs that follow and surround you all throughout the trail that it ruins the experience. If you do head out, do NOT forget bug spray.

Be prepared for Defcon 5-level mosquitoes. Much of the Waterloo side is covered in horse excrement, and the horses also do a pretty good job of tearing up the trail, so parts of it will feel like walking through sand. The Pinckney side has much higher quality trails, both in terms of scenery and trail maintenance. Ran into one person on the trail while hiking during weekdays.

Itinerary: Portage Lake trailhead > Pines campground > Green Lake Campground > Silver Lake. Around 10-11 miles each day for a 3 day/2 night sprint.

Be aware that Green Lake campground is a drive in campsite and there may be plenty of people on the weekends, so try to arrive early as you cannot reserve in advance and must self-register (bring cash, $17).

Pines DOES have water about 1/4 mile north - there is a water spigot near the gate to the stable area.

Green Lake also has a water pump.

Just remember to permethrin your gear, wear deet, and wear long sleeve shirts/pants.

I did the A loop on foot last weekend and really loved it. It's made up in a small area so typically you would be circling in the same area with pretty much the same views throughout which was a little disappointing especially because i like my trails to have a view at the end. Loop A was 3.8miles plus a 0.1mile from the parking lot so typically you would be doing a good 4 miles.
I agree with the advice of taking precautions for bugs and mosquitoes but that's everywhere.
If you are looking for a good weekend workout within an hour of Detroit this is the place to go!

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