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The popular Southern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest offers an outstanding horse camp and 54 miles of horse and mule friendly loop trails. Spring and fall are wonderful times to camp and explore the sandy trails that loop and wind through old growth pine forests.
What To Expect
- Over 54 miles of equestrian trails, About 20% rocky particularly on hills, the rest mostly sandy. Trails are mostly wooded and wide as they are snowmobile trails in winter, some single-track connector trails.
- Rest stops and picnic areas along the trail with port-a-potties.
- Three additional trailheads serve the forest.
- Trails are open year-round weather permitting, Campground open April 1st to October 31st.
- These are shared use trails with hikers, mountain bike trails cross the horse trails in a few areas but are separate.
- The Southern Kettle Moraine Horse Trail Association has built and maintains 10 permanent trail obstacles around the center loop off the Eagle Trail Head of the Southern Kettle Moraine Horse Trails.
- The Palmyra Horseriders Campground offers 56 level camping sites, 1 group campsite, and a large day use area.
- Each camp site has a picnic table, fire ring and a 30-by-30-foot graveled area with picket posts or corrals. Portable fencing is allowed within the 30 x 30 area.
- The camp area has multiple drinking water sources, an open air picnic shelter, 3 vault toilets, 1 shower house with flush toilets, sinks, showers and electric, horse shower, and manure pits.
- Campground has 29 electric sites and 12 sites with corrals and more coming.
- 20 campsites are drive through and 36 are back in.
- Local communities are horse friendly with downtown corrals and feed and tack shops. Ride into town for lunch or dinner. Local pizzeria delivers to the campground.
- Land Manager is Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
- A state trail pass is required for all people age 16 or older when horseback riding on trails
- Trails are traditionally open late April through mid November depending on trail conditions.
- Current negative Coggins test is required to cross state lines.