Oak Openings Horse Trail

The trail leads riders through sand dunes, wet prairies, wet woods, pine forests and oak savannas as you wind your way through the 4,000-acre Metropark. With its flat terrain, the trial is accessible to riders and horses of all abilities.

For your convenience, a Horse Riders Center is located on 5840 Jeffers Road with ample parking for trailers, restrooms, water, hitching posts and a picnic shelter with grills. Another rest area is located at Evergreen Lake, where restrooms and water are available, as well as access for horses to drink from the lake.

Things You Should Know

Horses are permitted only on the marked horse trail and not on roads, fire lanes or trails designated for walking, biking or skiing. Horses may not be ridden in picnic areas and should be kept away from ditch banks and ravines.

Bicycles are not permitted on the horse trail.

Parts of the trail tend to be wet and muddy in spring.

Hitching posts are provided to tie horses. Please do not tie horses to trees or fences.

Free permits are available for group activities and organized rides.


Maumee State Forest, over 3,000 acres adjacent to Oak Openings Preserve, has 15 miles of bridle trails and horse-trailer parking.

Mary Jane Thurston State Park is located along both sides of the Maumee River, south of Oak Openings. The park's North Turkeyfoot Area has six miles of trails for horseback riding, backpacking and mountain biking.