Written by Danielle Taylor | Header image by Tom Dorsey

While many trails in the area welcome horseback riders as well as other users, equestrians can enjoy several trails here dedicated specifically for their use.

In Elk State Forest, the highly scenic Thunder Mountain Equestrian Trail lets riders view wild elk as they pass through woods and fields. Trail maps and information are available at the forest office in Emporium, via (814) 486-3353, and on

Throughout Allegheny National Forest, horses are permitted on hundreds of miles of Forest Service roads, and open riding is permitted except on specified hiking and cross-country skiing trails. Spring Creek Horse Trail, located just outside of Marienville, winds through a beautiful remote area of the forest for nearly 40 miles. For more information, contact the Marienville Ranger Station at (814) 927-6628, or visit

In Cook Forest State Park, equestrians can check out the Bridle Trail and Browns Run Trail, and horses are also welcome on state forest and old wood roads. Find out more by calling (814) 744-8407 or visiting

Private stables also charter guided trail rides in the region, including several in the Cook Forest area. Additionally, if you bring your own horse, you can find several equine-friendly lodgings throughout the region. Check out Big Elk Lick Horse Camp, Cook Forest Area Scenic Trail Ride & Dude Ranch, Creekside Inn, and Flying W Ranch for more information.

To learn about exciting places, events, people, and more in the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors region, go to or call (814) 849-5197.

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