Waterloo-Discovery Center Trail

Waterloo-Bridle Trails

Address: Waterloo State Recreation Area Grass Lake, MI 49240
Countie(s) trail is located in: Jackson
Trail Type(s): Camping <> Horseback/Equestrian
Trail Measurement: Trail: 12 Miles & Area: 20,500 acres
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Trail Map

Trail Distance:

Trail Length in Miles: 12 (Miles)

Trail Description:

  • Bridle Trails – Trails may have other designated uses. Located at F6 and F7 on the park map, the bridle trails at Waterloo link to the Equestrian Campground and Staging Area.

Ride Into Nature’s Beauty on the Waterloo-Bridle Trails

Nestled within the vast expanse of the Waterloo Recreation Area in Jackson County, Michigan, the Waterloo-Bridle Trails offer a true haven for horseback riders seeking a peaceful escape into nature. This extensive network of trails winds through diverse landscapes, from lush forests and open meadows to rolling hills and alongside tranquil streams.

Trail Highlights

The Waterloo-Bridle Trails boast an impressive 25 miles of well-maintained paths dedicated solely to equestrian use. Here’s a closer look at what awaits:

Hickory Hills Trail (7 miles): This moderate trail offers a mix of terrain, with gentle hills, flat stretches, and some technical sections. It’s a great option for riders looking for a bit of a challenge while taking in stunning views of the surrounding woodlands.

Waterloo-Pinckney Trail (12 miles): For those seeking a longer, more leisurely ride, the Waterloo-Pinckney Trail is a must-do. This scenic route meanders through open meadows, past peaceful ponds, and offers plenty of opportunities to spot wildlife.

River Trail (6 miles): As the name suggests, this trail hugs the banks of the winding Waterloo River, providing a serene and picturesque backdrop for your ride. Keep your eyes peeled for deer, herons, and other wildlife drawn to the water’s edge.

No matter which trail you choose, you’ll be treated to the natural beauty of the Waterloo Recreation Area, from towering oak and maple forests to vibrant wildflower displays in the spring and summer months.

More Than Just Horseback Riding

While the Waterloo-Bridle Trails are undoubtedly the star attraction for equestrians, the Waterloo Recreation Area offers a variety of other outdoor activities to enjoy. Hikers can explore the park’s extensive trail network, while anglers can cast their lines in one of the 11 inland lakes or the winding Waterloo River.

For those seeking a more immersive experience, the park offers camping facilities, including rustic cabins and RV sites, allowing visitors to truly disconnect and reconnect with nature.

With its dedicated equestrian trails, stunning natural scenery, and abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities, the Waterloo-Bridle Trails are a must-visit destination for horseback riders in Michigan. Saddle up and experience the beauty of Jackson County’s great outdoors on your next adventure.

References and More Info

  • DNR
  • Compass Latitude: 42°18’57.7″N
  • Compass Longitude: 84°11’46.5″W
  • Numeric Latitude: 42.316024
  • Numeric Longitude: ‘-84.196256
  • Elevation in Feet:
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  • Trail Measurement: Trail: 12 Miles & Area: 20,500 acres


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