The Great River Road - Our Regions

Horseback Riding

Find a new trotting spot with your trusty steed at recreation areas along the byway. Big River State Forest contains 68 miles of trails and an equestrian campground, so you’ll have plenty of time to explore the area’s oldest pine plantation. Experience the dense forests and towering rock formations of Giant City State park with a guided trail ride from Giant City Stables. Visit Pere Marquette Riding Stables for a spectacular fall ride through Illinois’ largest state park aglow in reds, oranges, and yellows. Whether you follow a guide or head out with friends, trail rides are a great way to experience the beauty of the byway.


Bald Knob Wilderness - Shawnee National Forest

Big River State Forest

Cedar Lake - Shawnee National Forest

Giant City Stables

Giant City State Park

Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park

Johnson Creek Recreation Area - Shawnee National Forest

Kinkaid Lake & Trail System - Shawnee National Forest

Loud Thunder Forest Preserve

McCully Heritage Project

Morrison-Rockwood State Park

Pere Marquette Stables

Pere Marquette State Park

Randolph County State Recreation Area

Schurmeier Teaching Forest

Shenandoah Riding Center

Trail of Tears State Forest

Turkey Bluffs State Fish & Wildlife Area