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Welcome to Horse Country

One thing is obvious when driving the rurual roads of McHenry County: this is horse country. Around every curve there are horses and horse barns. In fact, there are more of these magnificent creatures in this county than just about anywhere else in Illinois. Horse owners can take advantage of more than 40 miles of horseback riding trails. For those who do not own a horse, there are options. Want to get your horse fix? Saddle Up!

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Boone Creek

916 Cold Springs Rd
Bull Valley, IL 60098
815-338-6223

This picturesque site offers a 2 mile hiking trail and 1.3 mile local horseback trail link, as well as opportunities for picnicking on the observation deck and wildlife watching through viewing scopes.  Situated in the upper reaches of t...

Brookdale Conservation Area

18410 US Hwy 14
Woodstock, IL 60098
(815) 338.6223

Located in the northwestern quadrant of the county, Brookdale offers a serene getaway from daily life. Visitors can enjoy a 1 mile mowed grass trail loop that transverses one side of the 11 acre pond, past a wildlife observation deck overlooking...

Glacial Park

Route 31 & Harts Road
Ringwood, IL 60072
815-338-6223

Glacial Park is McHenry County Conservation District’s most treasured open space holding, characterized by its rolling prairie, delta kames, oak savanna and the tranquil presence of the meandering Nippersink Creek. Encompassing over 3,400 ...

Hickory Grove Highlands/ Lyons Prairie & Marsh

500 Hickory Nut Grove Lane
Cary, IL 60013
815-338-6223

This site is so large that it is actually broken down into 3 parks (Hickory Grove Highlands, Hickory Grove Riverfront and Lyons Prairie & Marsh) that are all interconnected. Within these sites you can rent out one of three shelters for your ...

Main Stay Therapeutic Farm

6919 Keystone Rd
Richmond, IL 60071
815-653-9374

Main Stay’s mission is to encourage, enrich and empower individuals through the therapeutic benefits of horses, animals and nature in an uplifting and nurturing setting. Main Stay is a place where bodies are challenged, minds embrace possibiliti...

McHenry County Conservation District

18410 US Highway 14
Woodstock, IL 60098
815-338-6223

If you love to reconnect with nature, where better than at McHenry County Conservation District's 30 public sites? Hike, bike, boat, fish, amp or just enjoy watching the wildlife on more than 24,000 acres of woodlands, prairies, wetlands, po...

North Branch Conservation Area

11500 North Keystone Road
Richmond, IL 60071
815-338-6223

Tucked away in the in the extreme northeastern part of McHenry County lies 521 acres of preserved open space known as North Branch Conservation Area. Due to its biologically rich ecosystems, like the 125-acre wetland complex, 282-acre Genoa City...

Pleasant Valley Conservation Area

12215 Pleasant Valley Road
Woodstock, IL 60098
815-338-6223

Pleasant Valley expands 2,080 acres and is a mosaic of natural areas. Within its borders exist a high-quality oak savanna, a grade ‘A’ stream, a never before plowed wetland and an impressive prairie ecosystem. This special combinatio...

Prairie Trail

314 Washington St
Algonquin, IL 60102
815-338-6223

Whether it’s a morning trek, a family weekend ride or part of your weekly fitness regime, hike, pedal or roll along over 45 miles of trails offered throughout McHenry County on the Prairie Trail. Stretching 26 miles from Algonquin to just ...

Rush Creek Conservation Area

20501 McGuire Road
Harvard, IL 60033
815-338-6223

Rush Creek Conservation Area is 726 acres and contains a mixture of  upland forest, oak and hickory woodlands, wetlands and sedge meadows.  In addition, a one-mile section of the 12.5 mile Rush Creek traverses the site prior to enterin...

Soulful Prairies

4706 Alden Rd
Woodstock, IL 60098
847-366-6743

Soulful Prairies embodies a gentle energy that many have described as peace. The soil and space supports me in the work that I do with people, horses and critters while offering much more. Sharing the vibration of this land and all it has to off...

Spring Grove Horse Show

8105 Blivin St
Spring Grove, IL 60081
815-888-5009

Spring Grove Horse Show is a non-profit organization designed to help the local equine community in schooling their equine partners. The show series is run annually by local volunteers and families. We offer English & Western Performance, Hunter...

Stickney Run Conservation Area

3216 West State Park Road
McHenry, IL 60050
815-338-6223

This site is home to a variety of wildlife.  A large variety of birds can be found because of the many different types of habitats that can be found.  While on site, look for great blue herons, blue jays, red-tailed hawks, goldfinches ...

The Midwest Equestrian Magazine

PO Box 56
Richmond, IL 60071
847-736-5826

We at The Midwest Equestrian are fellow horse enthusiasts aiming to bring you the latest news about equine activities, products and services available in the Midwest....

The Riding Club of Barrington Hills

PO Box 418
Barrington, IL 60011
815-893-6280

One of the longest-standing and possibly most unique riding clubs in the United States celebrates 80 years of equestrian excellence, land preservation, and the pure enjoyment of sharing beautiful open spaces with fellow riders....
 
 



Chain O'Lakes State Park
8916 Wilmot Road
Spring Grove, IL 60081
847-587-5512

Moraine Hills State Park
1510 S. River Rd
McHenry, IL 60051
815-385-1624



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