Horseback Riding


Horse Trails

Horse trails are open to the public, weather permitting. Hikers, pets, bicycles and motor vehicles are prohibited. Please see park maps for trail locations. For more information, call 513-521-7275.

Winton Woods

A 5.2-mile (round-trip) horse trail begins and ends at Winton Woods Riding Center in Winton Woods.

Miami Whitewater Forest

Shaker Trace Horse Trail is open year-round. This circular trail measures 7.2 miles.

The 7.74 miles of Wooded Horse Trails are open weather permitting (please review trail closure policy below). Parking for the Wooded Horse Trail system is located off West Road beyond the Bluebird Glen Shelter.

Wooded Horse Loop A - 3.16 miles
Wooded Horse Loop B - 2. miles
Wooded Horse Loop C - 1.4 miles

Wooded Horse Trails Closure Policy (Miami Whitewater Forest)

  • Trail closure status will be posted on Current Park Noticifications and updated only when the status has changed. The phone number to call for wooded horse trail closing information is 513-728-3551, ext. 332.
  • Riding on wet trails creates low spots, which hold water on the trail and softens the soil resulting in extensive damage. Keeping the trails closed during the wet season will allow the trails to heal and prevent further damage.
  • Per the rain gauge at the Miami Whitewater Forest maintenance building, closing of the wooded horse trails will be considered when it rains a minimum of 0.5” in 24 hours.
  • Trail conditions will be inspected by a Miami Whitewater Forest Operations employee on a section of the trail near Timberlakes Drive, adjacent to the High Plains shelter.
  • Once the trail conditions have been confirmed to not be suitable for riding, all wooded horse trails will be closed for a minimum of three days. After three days with no significant additional rain or precipitation, Miami Whitewater Forest Operations will verify trail conditions for potential opening or continued closing.
  • The wooded horse trails will be closed annually during the winter wet weather season from the Monday after Thanksgiving to the first Monday in March. The trails will be reopened annually from Christmas Day to New Years Day if riding conditions are suitable.
  • Partnering with Great Parks Foundation and the community through trail reconstruction projects and ongoing trail maintenance, Great Parks' long-term goal for the Miami Whitewater Forest Wooded Horse Trails is to create sustainable, all weather trails that are open year-round.


Riding Center

The Winton Woods Riding Center (WWRC) is a horseback riding lesson facility for beginners through advanced riders. The facility offers a variety of horseback riding opportunities including:

  • English, Western, Contesting, Jumping, Dressage and Natural Horsemanship lessons
  • Spring and summer horse camps
  • Schooling horse shows
  • Group trail rides
  • Scout programs

Beginner through advanced level lessons are offered. We keep a stable of horses for all of our own programs, though you are welcome to bring your own.

For more information, please visit the Winton Woods Riding Center page.