Horseback Riding

Horseback riding on the Iron Range is a great way to experience the natural scenic beauty that can be found along our many miles of horse trails. What could be better than breathing in the crisp fall air while riding a leafy path strewn with autumn colors through one of Minnesota’s well preserved state park.

Big Aspen Recreation Area in the Superior National Forest is close to Virginia and offers 21 loop trails for multi-use, including horseback riding. Horseback riding is also allowed on all roads within the forest. Riders are asked to keep feed contained and clean up after their animals.

Want to camp on your horseback ride? George Washington State forest boasts two horse friendly campgrounds: Stoneybrook camp and the nearby Togo campground. Both campgrounds provide pull-through campsites, picket lines, manure bunkers, an accessible loading ramp and open spaces. Equestrian campsites have a nightly fee.

A Horse Pass is required to ride on any of the Minnesota state trails that are approved for horseback riding. Any person age 16 and older will be required to hold a horse pass, issued through the Minnesota State DNR. Annual or daily passes are required. Visit the DNR website to purchase online.