Trails and places to ride
Forestry SA: Trails and horse-friendly campsites with yarding are located on ForestrySA land at Kuitpo and Mount Crawford Forests in South Australia. Forest blocks stretch across the state from Wirrabarra in the mid-north of the state, through to Second Valley on the Fleurieu Peninsula, and Mount Gambier in the South-East, all providing excellent riding. Camping, group rides, events and carriage driving can be arranged with ForestrySA. Permits are required for every rider & driver.
Beaches: South Australia’s coast has many beautiful beaches, a favourite with many horse riders. Check with permit and access requirements with the relevant local council or national park.
National Parks: Our state features many national parks, with a number hosting permanently marked trails, while other parks have an option to enter if a permit is pre-arranged. Refer to the Parks SA website, (and search for the park you are interested in), or contact local district Ranger’s Office. Reference to the relevant Park Management Plan may provide guidance.
Local Council made and unmade road reserves: A road reserve is a corridor preserved for allowing people to move across the countryside. Formed, or ‘made’ roads are those with an identifiable carriageway which may be sealed or unsealed (gravel). Unformed or ‘un-made’ roads are also legal corridors, but may not be immediately recognizable on the ground to the untrained eye. These un-made roads are found marked on some types of digital or paper maps. Public access is permitted along these corridors, however, it is advisable to check with Council first to ensure that the land has not been sold or other condition for use applied.
Private Property: A number of private properties will allow a trail club ride by negotiation, or there are stations and farms which riders can bring horses for overnight stays. Visit the Horse SA tourism and Let’s go riding business listings, Station Stays or South Australian tourism.
Data SA contains maps of many kinds of trails, roads etc. (search for trails).
South Australian Trails has a growing record of many marked trails in the state, with a focus on walking, cycling, horse riding, scuba diving and canoeing.
Three trails which Horse SA has special interest are;
The Kidman Trail has a page on this website.
The Tom Roberts Horse Trail Network is a multi-user connection of local roads, parks and un-made road reserves through the City of Onkaparinga and Belair National Park, with small sections in the City of Mitcham, Adelaide Hills Council.
The Kersbrook Horse Trail is a multi-use trail connecting roads, unmade road reserves and two ForestrySA blocks near the township of Kersbrook.
Resources developed for horse owners, notes from workshops, webinar recordings and PowerPoint presentations are available for free online access from the following platforms (#HorseSA #Horsetrails):
Download: Horse Trail
Download: PDF Safer places around
horses on the trail
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Download PDF of Kersbrook Horse Trail
Download SA Government Gazette notice for horse trails in O Halloran Hill Recreation Park.