Kinderhook Horseback Riding System

Area Status: Open
This area is 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:
  • Horseback riding allowed only during open season (April 15- December 15).
  • Day and night (with lights) access is permitted.
  • Open year-round for hiking.
Fees No trail permit is required.
Open Season: April 15 - December 15
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


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.


Ample parking is available at trailheads.

Recreation Map

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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


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