Where can I ride horses on Pennsylvania State Game Lands?

Many of Pennsylvania’s State Game Lands have trails open to horse riding, hiking, and mountain biking. They call these “designated routes”. Access is restricted during hunting seasons. It’s probably always a good idea to wear hi-viz colors when using these areas!

Notice!

In early 2024 there is again a push to allow Sunday hunting at ALL times of the year. That would pretty much end State Game Lands as a safe place for non-hunters!

Please contact your state legislators and tell them you think non-hunters deserve one day each week they can safely use State Game Lands for outdoor recreation.

Online Map

The state has an online map of SGLs that shows designated trails, but it’s not the easiest site to use (can you believe it?).

PA State Game Lands Mapping

Best State Game Lands for Horse Riding

A few Pennsylvania state game lands have a large number of trails and seem like they are really worth visiting for horse riding. As time permits, we’ll add more info on these.

Rules

Rules for riding horses on State Game Lands trails are confusing. We’ve tried to clarify:

  • You can always ride on roads open to public travel.
  • Riding on Sundays is permitted year-round
    (except presumably the new Sunday-hunting days)
  • Riding is NOT permitted from…
    last Saturday in September thru the third Saturday in January
    (but is permitted on non-hunting Sundays).
  • Riding is NOT permitted before 1 pm from…
    second Saturday in April thru the last Saturday in May.
  • Designated trails for horse riding should be marked
    (see example of sign above)

Does that make sense? Argh.

More Info

The state has more info including some maps and trail descriptions (which are often really terrible and sometimes totally wrong!) at:

State Game Lands info