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Equestrian

Horse Trails

Come out and enjoy a day of horseback riding with family and friends, enjoy Florida Black Bear Scenic Bwyays beautiful outdoors and wildlife, with over 100 miles of horseback riding trails from the Silver River to the Ocala National Forest , to Tiger Bay and beyond. Feel the wind blowing off your face as a feeling of freedom and excitement fill you, when you see a hawk flying overhead, or fish jumping in the lake as you ride by, or just taking in the sounds of the back country as you let your horse drink in a near by lake.

Equestrian Trails

  • Caravelle Ranch WMA
  • Dexter Mary Farms Unit, Lake George State Forest
  • Heart Island Conservation Area
  • Rima Ridge Unit, Tiger Bay State Forest
  • Silver River Equestrian Trail

Caravelle Ranch WMA

     

Over 20 miles of multi-use trails; expanded area for parking trailers. Children under the age of 16 are required to wear a helmet when riding on public lands. For more detailed information go to Nicole’s Law . All horseback riders must have proof of current negative Coggins Test results for their horses when on state lands.

Links: Caravelle Ranch WMA, Caravelle Ranch Map

         

Dexter Mary Farms Unit, Lake George State Forest

     

Lake George State Forest is made up of three tracts of land and primarily comprised of slash pine, longleaf pine, bottomland hardwoods, and interspersed cypress and bay depressions. In 1998 nearly half the acreage of Lake George State Forest was damaged during the Firestorm wildfires. Restoration efforts included harvesting salvage timber and reforestation with longleaf pine and slash pine.

Links: Lake George State Forest, Dexter/Mary Farms Unit, Lake George WMA

       
         

Heart Island Conservation Area

     

This conservation area is part of the 35,380-acre Lake George Wildlife Management Area. Natural communities include basin swamp, floodplain swamp, basin marsh, baygall, blackwater stream, hydric hammock, mesic flatwoods and scrub. Slash pine, cabbage palms and an undergrowth of saw palmetto and gallberry can be found in nearly all of the upland areas. Wetland areas contain various hardwoods, cypress, sweetbay, red bay, loblolly bay and wax myrtle thickets.

Links: Heart Island Conservation Area

       
         

Rima Ridge Unit, Tiger Bay State Forest

     

The Rima Ridge Unit of Tiger Bay WMA is a tract of uplands that was named after an extensive wetland of the same name in central Volusia County, near Daytona Beach. This unit of the Tiger Bay State Forest consists of more than 11,000 acres between SR 40 and US 92 and is primarily pine flatwoods, hardwood hammocks, and hardwood swamps. Tiger Bay State Forest is a critical recharge area for the Floridian aquifer as well as a wildlife corridor for black bears and potential habitat for bald eagles.

Links: Tiger Bay State Forest, Rima Ridge Unit WMA

       
         

Silver River Equestrian Trail

     

Entry to the equine trails is off of SR 40 at gate #5. (Call the park for exact directions.) The main gate opens at 8:00 am and closes one hour before sunset. There are signs on the road indicating the entry. There is a kiosk showing the marked trails, and you may pick up your own copy of the map at the kiosk as well. Entry is on an honor system. Please come prepared with exact change: $4.00 if one rider or $6.00 per trailer for more than one rider.

Links: Silver River State Park