Horseback Riding

The Adirondack Park is a lush area of about six million acres of constitutionally protected state park. On the western edge of the Adirondack Park are two public forest areas that are managed by the State Department of Environmental Conservation. These two areas are the Independence River Wild Forest and the Otter Creek State Forest. Together they have about 65 miles of wonderful horse riding trails.

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These trails are located on the Independence River Wild Forest Unit of the New York State Forest Preserve and on the Independence River and Otter Creek State Forests on the western border of the Adirondack Park. It is common to see a variety of wildlife along the trail system. Sightings of deer, bear, coyote, fox, grouse, wild turkey, snowshoe hare, and many bird species have been reported. These trails are made up of old sandy roads and wooded trails. The trails all loop and are well-marked so you won’t get lost. Most of the trails follow or cross the Independence River and other smaller waterways, all of which flow into the Black River that continues north into Lake Ontario. Even in the winter this area is very beautiful.

If the trails alone are not enough to get you to come visit, the Assembly Area will. Most riders agree that this is the greatest attraction of The Otter Creek Horse Trails. This is a state managed, exclusively equine camping facility that is free for the riding public to use. From the Assembly Area you can access all the trails that are The Otter Creek Horse Trails. There are 100 roofed tie stalls.

Friends of Otter Creek is a group of equine and trail enthusiasts who have a strong desire to preserve the nature of the Otter Creek Horse Trail System.

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