Southern Kettle Moraine Horse Trail Association
Rest Stops & Restaurants
Town of Palmyra: Night Cap Inn, T+D's Grill, Hot Rods Bar-N-Grill, Sassy's Kettle Hill Grill, Main Street Family Restaurant, Squidy's, & CJ's Coffee and Cream
From the HorseRider's Campground ride north approximately 0.7 mi on Little Prairie Road which turns into 3rd St straight into Palmyra. Note: The speed limit on Little Prairie Road is 45mph. You'll ride past Pal Steels lumber yard and cross railroad tracks. The first restaurant you'll pass is Night Cap Inn (which has hitching posts). To get to the tie stalls continue on 3rd Street then turn right onto Wilson Street. A few hundred feet and you'll see the tie stalls on your left. From the tie stalls the remaining restaurants are all within a few blocks walk. (Click the image to open a full size pdf visual).
If you'd like to get your horse some treats Wings-N-Things (a pet supply store) is also right in the center of town!
Town of Eagle: 1863 Coffee Salon & Cafe, Rustix, Knucklehead Pub, MP Taqueria
From the Eagle Trailhead parking lot ride the Moraine Ridge Trail (orange) approximately 1.75 miles northeast towards Ottawa. Leave the trail at Hwy 59 and ride east (right) alongside the road approximately 0.6 miles. Note: The speed limit drops from 55 mph to 30 mph shortly after the trail crosses Hwy 59 (though that doesn't mean all motorists abide). Take a right onto Railroad St. You'll cross the tracks and see the slip stalls on your left. (Click the image to open a full size pdf visual).
Trout House is straight across the street (although it does not look it on the map). A rider has noted that sometimes that trail is not easily marked to follow. After you cross the driveway's culvert you'll see a trail on the left that leads to the hitching posts. The ride is approximately 4 miles one way.
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The Trout House at Rushing Waters
From Horserider's Campground cross Little Prairie Road and ride the Moraine Ridge Trail (orange) south towards LaGrange. Once you arrive at the Dahlin Ln Access Trail (red) follow it to Dahlin Ln. Take a left onto Dahlin Ln (gravel road) which T's with Hwy H. You'll see a Rushing Waters sign to your right across the street.
You can also take the Dahlin Access trail (red) across Dahlin Ln to Hwy H. The driveway to the
Trail Passes & State Park Sticker
Trail passes are required for all riders over the age of 16 and parking passes are required for all vehicles.
Daily or annual passes may be purchased at the DNR Headquarters, or payment envelopes are found at each trailhead. If you would like to support the new equestrian campground at Governor Dodge State Park you can buy your pass(es) through Friends of GD Equestrians. $5 of the $25 will go directly to the campground.
The park rangers do check, so be sure you purchase your pass and support the State Forest system!
Click here for an article about the Southern Kettle Horse Trails at Equitrekking.com
Ottawa Trailhead (Hwy ZZ)
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.
The Ottawa bridle trails are a little on the rocky side, but mostly softer ground. Shoes are not necessary to ride these trails, but a tender footed horse may find themselves picking their way through some sections, and shoes or protective boots may be a good preventative option.
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)
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)
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 trails at Eagle are beautiful and sandy, with few rocks.. The trailhead offers a porta potty, hitching posts, manure pit, wheelbarrows, mounting block and picnic table.
Palmyra Trailhead: home of Horseriders Campground
Horseriders Campground is found just outside the town of Palmyra, on Little Prairie Road, and includes a day parking area 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.
The Palmyra trails may have some rather rocky sections due to erosion, so shoes or boots are a good option. Check with other riders for suggestions on which trails to avoid if you do not have hoof protection for your horse and are concerned with trail conditions. Often the trails headed in the direction of the Eagle trailhead are less rocky than other trails heading out of the camp.
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)
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 is a hitching post, but no bathroom facilities or running water at this location.
Fall/Winter note: Water sources are turned off during cold temperatures, check with the DNR if you are unsure. Hunting is allowed in the State Forest, riders should be aware of open seasons and dress accordingly. ATV's are not allowed on the trails at any time, however the bridle trails are part of the local snowmobile trail system and once snow falls, many sleds are out. The trails are open to horses year round, but use your best judgment when it comes to riding conditions, hunters and snowmobile encounters.
For Current Conditions or to Report an Issue please contact the DNR
Trail Information Line, 262-594-6202
Forest Headquarters, 262-594-6200
Viele Road Rest Stop
Mueller Homestead Rest Stop
Located off Wilton Road, Town of Eagle, it has picnic tables, tie racks, and a portable toilet. It is also known as the Wilton Rd Rest Stop.