Horseback Riding 2022: Where to Find Trails in Illinois

ILLINOIS — As summer draws closer, most Illinoisans are looking forward to getting out and spending time in the sun and outdoors. With seemingly endless activity possibilities, one option is to go horseback riding.

Several farms and equestrian centers in the Chicagoland area offer horseback riding, lessons, and summer camps, making it an ideal summer activity for kids and adults alike.

Whether you’re looking to take a casual ride through a forest or take your first – or 10th – riding lesson, here are some places in the area that offer fun activities.

Is there another riding location that you like that is not on the list? Email [email protected] with information and we’ll add it to the roundup.

A Ranch 394

  • Where: 10545 W. 74th St., Countryside
  • Phone: 708-365-9741
  • What: A variety of riding lessons, camps and party services.
  • Price: Prices vary.
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9-acre equestrian center, formerly Fitzjoy Farm

  • Where: 12211 S. La Grange Road, Palos Park
  • Phone: 708-361-7977
  • What: Full-service boarding school that offers English and Western riding lessons, summer camps, public rides and training.
  • Price: Prices vary.
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freedom wood

  • Where: 9501 Austin Ave, Morton Grove
  • Phone: 847-967-9800
  • What: Courses for riders from the age of five.
  • Price: $65 for a half hour private lesson or $130 for an hour.
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Forest View Farms

  • Where: 16717 Lockwood Avenue, Tinley Park
  • Phone: 708-560-0306
  • What: Offers boarding, horseback riding and driving lessons, a summer camp, hiking, pony rides, among other seasonal activities.
  • Price: Prices vary by activity.
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Glen Grove Equestrian Center

  • Where: 1181 Riverwoods Road, Lake Forest
  • Phone: 847-966-8032
  • What: Riding lessons, boarding school, community lessons, summer camp.
  • Price: $65 for a half-hour private lesson; $60 for a half-hour semi-private lesson; $80 for a one-hour group ride (open to advanced riders only).
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Memory Lane Stables

  • Where: 8290 S. Kean Avenue, Willow Springs
  • Phone: 708-372-6472
  • What: Horseback riding, hiking, horse rental
  • Price: $25 per hour guided horseback ride
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Sarah’s pony rides

  • Where: 8220 S. Kean Avenue, Willow Springs
  • Phone: 630-802-1316
  • What: Personalized pony rides for children’s parties, horse and pony camp.
  • Price: Prices vary.
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Tower Hill Stables

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