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 Sonja Sommerfeld | TPWD


Hill Country State Natural Area

WITH MULTIPLE equestrian campsites ranging from primitive to luxurious, the Hill Country State Natural Area is a perfect place to experience multiday adventures with your favorite equine companion. This secluded retreat boasts a 50-mile trail system that offers scenery and terrain for riders of every level. For overnight stays, a 1930s ranch house sleeps up to nine people (12 if you bring sleeping bags) and five horses, and the 2-acre Chapas Camp offers 10 campsites and a nine-stall barn.

Cooper Lake State Park

Cooper Lake is a rider’s paradise. The Buggy Whip Equestrian Trail is 10.55 miles of hardwood forest, separated into three areas (including a “novice area”). Equestrian campsites let you stay overnight with your trusty equine pal.

Lake Somerville State Park

Lake Somerville’s 13 miles of equestrian trailway stretch from the Nails Creek Unit to the Birch Creek Unit. The trail winds past the lake and Flag Pond, managed as habitat for migrating birds. The park has more equestian trails, too.

San Angelo State Park

San Angelo’s 50 miles of mixed-use trails offer plenty of routes for horseback riders, and the park features 23 equestrian campsites. Keep an eye on the park’s webpage for equestrian-related events.

Sea Rim State Park

With 3 miles of Gulf Coast beachfront open to riding, you and your hoofed sidekick can feel the sea breeze blowing through your manes and take a splash in the ocean.

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