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Equestrian Trails

Equestrian trails, also known as horseback riding trails or bridle paths, are specifically designed pathways for horses and riders. Lincoln Parks and Recreation does not offer trail rides where horses can be rented. Parking areas are available for trailers within a close proximity of the trails.

FAQ/ municipal codes

12.08.240 Fastening or Hitching Animals.
It shall be unlawful for any person to hitch any horse or other animal to any tree, shrub, fence, railing, or other structure, except such as are provided for that purpose, or to allow any horse or other animal to remain unhitched beyond the reach of the driver or attendant in any park. (P.C. § 12.08.160: Ord. 3489 § 30-116 amended by Ord. 5775 July 12, 1954).

12.08.080 Animals in Parks.
It shall be unlawful for any person to drive, ride, or lead any horse in or through any park except upon roadways or paths designated by the Director. (P.C. § 12.08.040: Ord. 13204 § 6; September 14, 1981: prior Ord. 9078 § 3; August 22, 1966: Ord. 8171 § 1; September 3, 1963: Ord. 3489 § 30-104 as amended by Ord. 5775; July 12, 1954).

Pioneers Park Equestrian Trail

Pioneers Park offers a riding experience with a variety of wide views of park space to shaded forest riding. The trail is approximately 2.6 miles and traverses Pioneers Park. Horses are not allowed past the arches at the Pioneers Park Nature Center on the far west of the park.

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Schedule of Events on the trail

The following events are scheduled in Pioneers Park for 2019 and may result in impacts to the equestrian trails. Cross country and other running events will require that the Tallgrass Meadow Loop (blue) be closed. Other events may impact parking areas and cause increased vehicle traffic at crossings.
    Cross Country Schedule
  • August 12, 17, 24, 29, 30, and 31
  • September 12, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 28
  • October 3, 4, 6, 8, 15, 17, 20, 25
  • November 3
  • December 8
    Concert Schedule
  • May 17
  • June 15 and 16
  • July 24, 28, and 31
  • August 3, 9 and 14
  • September 6 and 8
    Other Events
  • Car show: TBD
  • Trail Trek: June 23
  • Pinewood Bowl Musical: July 11 – 21

Pioneers Park Bridle Path Action Plan

In response to questions and concerns from horseback riders about the bridle paths in Pioneers Park, Lincoln Parks and Recreation has developed an action plan. Elements of the action plan include maintenance standards and practices, signage, webpage information, extension of the bridle path system, and opportunities for volunteer involvement. The action plan was developed after a community meeting in July 2017 and a subsequent community survey was offered in 2018.

The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board recommended adoption of the final version of the Pioneers Park Bridle Paths Action Plan during the regular monthly meeting on March 8, 2018.

Download the draft (1-10-2018)Pioneers Park Bridle Paths Action Plan.

Wilderness Park Equestrian Trail

Go horseback riding in the wooded trails in Wilderness Park. Parking lots on S. 1st Street, south of Pioneers Blvd, and on S 14th St., South of Yankee Hill Rd. are capable of allowing horse trailers to maneuver.

  • The majority of the trails are loose soil.
  • All park visitors are reminded to pay attention to signs warning of access restrictions.
  • Riders are asked to avoid trails after major rain events in order to keep the trails in better condition.
  • Some sections of the trail are shared use and all visitors should also be aware other trail users (hikers, bikers, riders) may be present and to practice proper trail etiquette.