Horseback Riding

Horseback riding in the Hayward Area is a treat!

We have some of the finest riding opportunities in the state of Wisconsin—you’ll have a great time participating in this fun sport!

Tuscobia State Trail-Length: 56 miles.  Take your horse on a reclaimed railroad trail, not groomed or surfaced and may be rough in some spots.  Users share the trail with motorized vehicles. No fee or pass required.

Sawyer County Forest:  Hundreds of miles of logging roads, fire lanes, and open-access trails are available for horseback riding.  For forest unit maps, go to

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest:  Of this 1.5 million-acre National Forest, 123,000 acres are in Sawyer County. Generally, horseback riding is permitted on trails and roads within the National Forest, except during the period of March 15-April 30 every year, and except on trails dedicated for hiking or ATV use.  (Of course, don’t ride your horse on a groomed ski or snowmobile trail!)  Find more information on special horseback riding areas here, and information on horse camping here.  More detailed information on occupancy and use restrictions in the Forest can be found here.  Call the Great Divide District Ranger Station at 715-634-4821, or stop in and see them at 10650 Nyman Avenue in Hayward, for maps and other information.

Horseback riding in the Hayward Lakes Wisconsin Area
Photo credit:
WI Depart. of Tourism