Friends of Governor Dodge - Equestrians
For another riding option......Exit the park at the very most northern point of the Outer Loop Trail and follow Hwy ZZ east for about a mile to a horse friendly bar and grill. It's an easy ride along side a quiet road. Enjoy lunch at the Pleasant Ridge Store (bar and grill).
Governor Dodge State Park offers some of the finest horse trails in the state, with scenic views of the beautiful meadows, bluffs with rocky outcroppings, creek crossings and lakes. The Driftless Trail (formerly known as the Outer Loop) is 15.3 miles and is highlighted on the map below in green, while the Interior System is outlined in yellow. Riders access the trails at the Horse Day Use Parking Area near Hickory Ridge Group Camp or the Horse Camp.
Vehicle admission stickers are required to enter the park, and state trail passes are required for bikers and horseback riders 16 years of age and older.
The park is open year round. The horse trails and campground open May 1. The campground closes for the season on October 15. Horse Trails close November 15.
Horse trails may be temporarily closed following excessive rain. Call the park office at 608-935-2315 for trail conditions.
The horse campground has 9 reservable sites through Wisconsin DNR and two group campsites that can also be reserved.
Each site includes a fire ring, picnic table and high line poles. You must provide your own high line ropes. You are permitted to set up a small corral. Water is available at far side of parking lot.
For more information on the proposed new equestrian campground, click on the NEW CAMPGROUND tab.
View of Each Campsite