Equestrian Trail System
The Allegan County Equestrian Trail System (ETS) is a collaborative effort between Allegan County Parks, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the volunteer group Friends of the Allegan County Equestrian Trail System (FACETS).
Horseback riding in Allegan County has been a very popular recreational activity for residents and visitors for many years. Most of the equestrian activity in the County takes place in the 50,000-acre Allegan State Game Area. Up until recently this riding activity in the Game Area has been through a “dispersed” riding program, meaning there were no designated riding trails. However, in an effort to make riding in the Game Area more user-friendly and to protect sensitive ecosystems Allegan County Parks, via a 25-year renewable lease agreement with the State of Michigan, has taken over management and ownership responsibilities for a designated equestrian trail system in the Game Area.
The Allegan County ETS consists of more than 50 miles of marked and mapped designated riding trails. This makes it easier for riders, especially those that are new to the area, to enjoy this recreational opportunity in Allegan County.
The largest trail network, consisting of just over 25 miles of trails, is connected to our popular Silver Creek Equestrian Park and Campground, which is located near Hamilton. Silver Creek Park
has both day riding and overnight camping opportunities.
Along with Silver Creek, there are two new trail staging areas, one of which is located at Pine Point Campground
and the other is located at Ely Lake Campground
. Pine Point and Ely Lake, which also provide overnight equestrian camping opportunities, are connected by a riding trail network that is just over 25 miles in total length.
Special Note: All Allegan County ETS trails that are part of the Game Area will be closed to riding from November 15 to November 30 each year. This coincides with the firearm deer season.
It is important to note that this ETS opportunity would not be possible without an active and dedicated volunteer group in FACETS (Friends of Allegan County Equestrian Trails).