Palmyra Trailhead: home of Horseriders Campground
W 830 Little Prairie Road Palmyra 53156
Horseriders Campground is found just outside the town of Palmyra, on Little Prairie Road, and includes a day parking area (grass) for those not wishing to spend the night. Notorious for being a difficult street to find, locals simply instruct: "from Hwy 59 in Palmyra, turn south at the Hardware Store, go over the railroad tracks, and the campground is on the left". This trailhead is strategically located in the center of the main bridle trail, giving campers and day riders full access to the entire system.
Immediately off the campground, there are several loop trails to explore, ranging from 4 to nearly 10 miles in length. Those looking for a longer ride can head north or south on the main trail. Many visitors love to ride to the Eagle trailhead, exploring loop trails along the way, stop for lunch at a horse-friendly local establishment, relax a bit and ride back in time for dinner around the campfire.
Running water, manure pits, wheelbarrows, hitching posts and pit toilets are stationed throughout the campground. There is also a covered shelter, commonly referred to as the pavilion, and a BBQ pit for group gatherings. The pavilion does have electric outlets, and is often used for potluck meals.
LaGrange Trailhead (Hwy 12)
US Hwy 12 & Sherwood Forest Rd. Whitewater 53190
LaGrange is the southernmost, and least improved of the trailheads. While little more than a parking lot, some shorter, yet very nice trails may be accessed at this point. There are two hitching posts, but no bathroom facilities or running water at this location. Please note proximity to Hwy 12.
Ottawa Trailhead (Hwy ZZ)
S56 W34829 Cty Rd ZZ Dousman 53118
Located east of highway 67 on ZZ, the Ottawa trailhead is the most northeastern trailhead, closest to I94. A nice series of loop trails in addition to the main trail allow riders to choose how long and how far they wish to explore. With the shortest loop 2.5 miles, the longest at 8.6, endless combinations mean Ottawa can be a full day of horseback riding, or a simple afternoon jaunt.
This trailhead offers picnic tables, hitching posts, porta potty and a water source, including a horse sized shower boom for hosing off your hard working equine.
Scuppernog Trailhead (Hwy ZZ)
S58 W35820 Cty Rd ZZ Dousman 53118
Just a mile west of Ottawa Trailhead, the Scuppernog parking area recently got expanded to include a pull through trailer parking lot. There are no loops associated with this trailhead. There is water and vault toilet access.
Eagle Trailhead (Hwy S)
W380 S9669 Cty Rd. S Eagle 53119
The Eagle Trailhead is located north of highway 67, on Hwy S, halfway between Ottawa and Palmyra trailheads. Eagle is often touted as one of the best spots in the system. Loop trails of 3-5 miles are accessible directly from the parking lot, as well as access to the main trail.
The trailhead offers a porta potty, hitching posts, manure pit, wheelbarrows, mounting block and picnic table.
Southern Kettle Moraine Horse Trail Association