Horseback ride in the Shawnee National Forest this winter

written by Enjoy Illinois on January 29, 2014 in Adventure/Outdoor Illinois and Seasonal Fun - Winter and Trails to Adventure with no comments

One of the best ways to see Southern Illinois’ bluffs and rock formations is on horseback. Milder winters, typical of the Trails to Adventure region, allow for year-round horseback riding in the Shawnee National Forest. Several stables in the area, such as Honeybee Stables and Lake Glendale Stables, offer guided or unguided horseback riding tours for groups or private, romantic couple rides that are guaranteed to be memorable experiences.

Horseback riding tours offer a chance to take in the serene beauty of the outdoors during the winter season. (Photo credit: Mark Segal)

Horseback riding tours offer a chance to take in the serene beauty of the outdoors during the winter season. (Photo credit: Mark Segal)

The miles of equestrian trails that wind throughout the Shawnee Hills cover a variety of terrains and offer inspiring views of caves, wildlife, historic settlements and even a winery. The River-to-River Trail passes through some of the most scenic parts of the forest, with a length that spans across the entire southern section of the state. Many stables offer lodging options in addition to riding, such as the Trail of Tears Lodge & Resort, to accommodate riders who wish to turn their horseback riding adventure into a weekend trip.

During the winter season, riders can relax on a leisurely tour while taking in the natural surrounding beauty no longer hidden beneath fall foliage. Take the family out for a new winter excursion this year that may turn into an annual tradition.

— The Illinois Office of Tourism