Kinderhook Horseback Riding System


Area Status: Open
Two men riding Kinderbrook Trail System

This is the Wayne National Forest's newest trail system which provides 12 miles of scenic riding. Horses, mountain bike riders, and hikers are welcome on this trail.The trail winds through some of the steeper hills on the Wayne National Forest. It will lead you through a variety of vegetation: open fields, brushland, mature forest, and new forest. Along the way, you may glimpse wildlife, and will recognize the influence of humans, both now and in the past. You will also pass many of our land management activities.

At a Glance

Operational Hours:
  • Trails are seasonally closed to horseback riding use from winter to early spring. Visit our Recreation page to see seasonal open and close dates for the current year.
  • Day and night (with lights) access is permitted.
  • Open year-round for hiking.
Fees: No trail permit is required.
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Newport, OH
Water: Water is available during open season in watering tank. Water is for horses only.
Restroom: Vault
Operated By:

Marietta Unit, Athens Ranger District

General Information

Directions:

To find this campground and trailhead west of Marietta, OH:

  • Take Hwy. 7 east/north from Marietta to Newport (17 miles).
  • Turn north at the Kinderhook sign at County Road 25, two miles past Newport
  • Follow the road 0.8 miles to County Road 244 and the trailhead.

General Notes:

This trailhead is part of the the Kinderhook Riding Trail.See a map of the area.


Parking:

Ample parking is available at trailheads.


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

Mountain Biking

Recreation areas with activity Mountain Biking:

Though this trail system is designed primarily for horseback riders, mountain bikers are welcome. 12 miles of trails are maintained but various loops for other distances are available.

Permit required? No
Fees: A Wayne NF permit is required
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Dispersed Camping

Recreation areas with activity Dispersed Camping:

Primitive camping is allowed at no charge at the trailhead, but only during the horse and mountain bike riding open season.

Fire Information
  • You can build a campfire as long as you have a 10 foot clearance around it and put a ring around it with rocks.
  • Fires must be extinguished before leaving camp.
  • No bonfires are allowed.
  • No standing or green trees may be cut.
  • Check the bulletin boards to ensure no fire bans are in effect.
No. of Sites Primitive camping is dispersed at trailhead.
Reservation Info Sites are not able to be reserved.
No. of Accessible sites 0
Difficulty Level: Easy

Day Hiking

Recreation areas with activity Day Hiking:

Though this trail system is designed primarily for horseback riders, hikers are welcome. 12 miles of trails are maintained but various loops for other distances are available.

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Backpacking

Recreation areas with activity Backpacking:

Though this trail system is designed primarily for horseback riders, hikers are welcome. 12 miles of trails are maintained but various loops for other distances are available.

Fire Information
  • You can build a campfire as long as you have a 10 foot clearance around it and put a ring around it with rocks.
  • Fires must be extinguished before leaving camp.
  • No bonfires are allowed.
  • No standing or green trees may be cut.
  • Check the bulletin boards to ensure no fire bans are in effect.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Horse Camping

Recreation areas with activity Horse Camping:

The trailhead is available for camping but is more a dispersed site with no designated sites or amenities.

Corrals No
Hitching Rails Yes
Loading Ramp No
Size Restrictions No
Fire Information
  • You can build a campfire as long as you have a 10 foot clearance around it and put a ring around it with rocks.
  • Fires must be extinguished before leaving camp.
  • No bonfires are allowed.
  • No standing or green trees may be cut.
  • Check the bulletin boards to ensure no fire bans are in effect.
No. of Sites Not designated
Reservation Info Sites are not able to be reserved.
No. of Accessible sites None
Watering Tank Water is available during open season in watering tank.  Water is for horses only.
No. of Sites Not designated
Reservation Info No
Size Restrictions No
Fire Information You can build a campfire as long as you have a 10-foot clearance around it and put a ring around it with rocks. Fires must be extinguished before leaving camp. No bon fires are allowed. No standing or green trees may be cut. Check the bulletin boards to ensure no fire bans are in effect.
Corrals No
Loading Ramp No
Hitching Rails Yes
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Horse Riding

Recreation areas with activity Horse Riding:

This 12-mile trail winds through the rolling hills of the Wayne National Forest. It has been developed for horse and mountain biking use, but hiking is allowed year-round.

Yes
Corrals No
Hitching Rails Yes
Loading Ramp No
Size Restrictions No
Water Availability?
  • Water is available during open season in watering tank.  Water is for horses only.
Permit required? No
Size Restrictions No
Corrals No
Loading Ramp No
Water Availability Ponds are Available
Hitching Rails Yes
Difficulty Level: Difficult

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Location

 
  Area/Length : 
12.3 miles

  Latitude : 
39.42605475

  Longitude : 
-81.21692816