Lake Vesuvius Horseback Riding System

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Man and Woman Ride Along Cliffs of Lake Vesuvius Horseback Riding System.

The Lake Vesuvius horse trails wind through some of the most striking landscapes in Ohio. They will lead you through a variety of vegetation where many species of wildlife live. You will ride along rock cliffs, water falls, streams and along ridge tops. The trails will lead you through a variety of vegetation where many species of wildlife live. Expect to see open fields, brushland, mature forest, and young forests. Along the way, you will notice man's influence and land management activities.

The Lake Vesuvius horseback trails system isapproximately 46 miles long and is composed of 9 trails, 4 trailheads, and one horse campground.

At a Glance

Operational Hours:
  • Horeseback riding allowed only during open season (April 15 through December 15).
  • Day and night (with lights) access is permitted.
  • Open year-round for hiking.
Fees No fees required. 
Open Season: April 15 - December 15
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Ironton, OH
Water: None
Restroom: Vault only at Paddle Creek Trailhead
Operated By:

Ironton Ranger District

General Information


The trailheads for the Lake Vesuvius Horse Trail system are located off State Route 93. Directions for each trailhead are maintained on each trailhead's page.


General Notes:

Routes can be planned using a map of the trail system and our chart of loops, distances, trail markers and start/end points.

All of the Vesuvius horse trail is marked with gray diamonds though the diamonds have different color dots depending on the loops.

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Horse Camping

Recreation areas with activity Horse Camping:

Camping is allowed at all of the trailheads for the The Lake Vesuvius Hoseback Trail System, but only during the horseback riding open season. Please do not limit others' use of the area with your campsite.

Hitching RailsYes
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.
Loading RampYes
No. of SitesNot designated
Size RestrictionsYes
Reservation InfoNo
Watering TankNo
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Horse Riding

Recreation areas with activity Horse Riding:

This 46-mile trail system winds through some of the most striking landscapes in Ohio. It has been developed for horse use, but hiking is allowed.

Hitching RailsYes
Loading RampYes
Size RestrictionsYes
Water AvailabilityNo
Difficulty Level: Difficult

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