Horseback Riding

Enjoy 13 miles of scenic horse trails in Great Parks of Hamilton County.

Bring your own horse, or head out to Winton Woods Riding Center for year-round riding programs to develop your confidence and skills both on and off the horse.

Winton Woods Riding Center

Winton Woods Riding Center (WWRC) is a year-round horseback riding facility for beginners through advanced riders ages 7 and up. As a lessons facility, WWRC is qualified to teach western horsemanship, contesting, natural horsemanship, hunt seat, hunter jump and dressage styles of riding. WWRC offers group, semi-private and private lessons in session format.

Winton Woods Riding Center offers:

  • English, Western, Contesting, Jumping, Dressage, and Natural Horsemanship lessons
  • Spring & Summer day camps
  • Schooling horse shows
  • Group trail rides
  • Scout badge programs

Beginner through advanced level lessons are offered. We keep a stable of horses for all of our own programs, though you are welcome to bring your own.

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  • Horse Trails

    The 13 miles of horse trails at Great Parks of Hamilton County are free to use and open for public use. Bring your horse and enjoy a day on our trails. 

    Hikers, pets, bicycles and motor vehicles are prohibited.

    Miami Whitewater Forest

    Shaker Trace Horse Trail

    The Shaker Trace Horse Trail is open year-round from dawn to dusk. This trail is 7.0-miles round-trip. The trail begins at the horse trailer parking lot, which is located on Mt. Hope Road less than a half mile south of New Haven and Dry Fork Roads.

    Wooded Horse Trails

    The Miami Whitewater Forest horse trails are open from dawn to dusk, weather permitting (see the trail closure policy below for details). This circular trail measures 7.8 miles. Parking for the trail is located off West Road beyond the Bluebird Glen picnic shelter.

    Riding on wet trails creates low spots, which hold waters, softens the soil and results in heavy damage to the trail. Closing the trails during the wet season allows trails to heal and prevents further damage.

    Temporary closures

    • Trail closures will be posted on Current Park Notifications & Closures page and updated only when the status has changed. Riders can also call the trail closure hotline at 513-728-3551, ext. 332.
    • Closing of the wooded horse trails will be considered when it rains a minimum of 0.5” in 24 hours, based on the rain gauge at the Miami Whitewater Forest maintenance building.
    • Trail conditions will be inspected by a Great Parks employee on a section of the trail near Timberlakes Drive, adjacent to the High Plains picnic shelter.
    • Once the trail conditions have been confirmed to not be suitable for riding, all wooded horse trails will be closed for a minimum of three days. After three days with no significant additional rain or precipitation, Great Parks will verify trail conditions for potential opening or continued closing.

    Annual closures

    • The wooded horse trails will be closed annually from the Monday after Thanksgiving until the first Monday in March. The trails will be reopened annually from Christmas Day to New Years Day if riding conditions are suitable.

    Winton Woods

    The Winton Woods horse trail is open year-round from dawn to dusk. This out-and-back trail is 5.2-miles round-trip. The trail begins at the eastern edge of the Winton Wood Riding Center parking lot, and horse trailer parking is available next to the trailhead.

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