Ocala Equestrian Trails 

The city of Ocala is called a Horse Capital of the World and Horse Country for plenty of reasons. For one thing, Ocala has a perfect climate for year-round training, raising, and breeding horses. There are also numerous horse operations in the area and several active competitions. Thus, it should come as no surprise that there are plenty of opportunities to explore Central Florida on horseback. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert rider, there’s a trail out there perfect for what you’re looking for.
Florida Agriculture Center and Horse Park Authority

Cross Florida Greenway | 850.222.8738

The Cross Florida Greenway offers some of the area’s best riding through a variety of hammocks and open fields. The trailhead and campground is just east of the land bridge over I-75. Take your lunch and enjoy the picnic tables at the Santos trail head just off  Highway 441.

Total Miles: 25

Hitching Post Trails

Florida Greenway | 352.551.4362

Hitching Post Trails is only a few steps away from the Cross Florida Greenway and offers more than 100 miles of trails to ride. These scenic trails are shaded, with room to ride side by side. They have easy footing, allowing for plenty of opportunities to trot or canter.

Total Miles: 110

Shangrila Campsite

Florida Greenway | 352.347.1163

This trail is for riders who like varied terrain. The hills were originally created by an effort to dredge a canal between the east and west coast of Florida, and the area has since reverted to forest.

Total Miles: 44

Northstar Acres Camp

Goethe State Forest (Dunnellon) | 352.489.9848

Marked trails are mostly old logging trails through natural, tall pines. Northstar acres offers guided trail rides and has rental horses.

Total Miles: 55

Goethe Trailhead Campground

Goethe Forest Trails (Dunellon) | 352.489.8545

Goethe Trails at Goethe State Forest offers trail riders the peace and quiet of nature. Sunset and sunrise rides are particularly breathtaking.

Total Miles: 120

Cactus Jack's Trail Rides


Cactus Jack’s offers trail rides to singles, couples, or groups at the Florida Horse Park. All rides are guided to assure safety for rider and horse. There are trails through the Cross Florida Greenway Trail System, and most trails are shaded.

Hour Rides:1-2 hours

Makin’ Tracks Trail Rides


Makin’ Tracks Trail Rides offers trail rides through the Gores Landing Trail System, which is a part of The Cross Florida Greenway Trails. This organization also offers swimming with horses in the Ocklawaha River.

Total Miles: 100

Ocala National Forest


The Ocala National Forest offers double and single track sandy trails, as well as graded roads to ride. There is a fair amount of deep sand in the trails, especially during dry seasons.

Total Miles: 100

A woodsy hiking trail at sunset.

For more information on equestrial trails in the North Central Florida and Ocala areas, contact a Showcase team member today! Our passion is ensuring that Marion County’s equine community always has access to the exceptional resources it needs to excel and thrive.

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