Where we ride
Beautiful riding venues throughout Indiana and the Midwest
Beginning in April, the Battle Ground Saddle Club trail rides and camps at various locations throughout Indiana and across the Midwest. An assigned ride or camp host will communicate coordinating details via email and Facebook. You do not need to be a member to join us for a ride or camping trip. Once you've attended a club function, you are eligible to be nominated for membership.
Here are some of our favorite places to ride!
9214 Lost Bridge Road West, Andrews, Indiana
Riding at Salamonie can be a three-day adventure! In addition to camping overnight at the forest or the reservoir, Saddle Club members enjoy variations on three different days ride. One day members might ride around the Salamonie River State Forest, which includes checking out the state forest’s three waterfalls. Another day they may ride between the forest and reservoir (which is a 16.5 mile loop), or they may ride the reservoir trails and have lunch at the famous Cocojo’s camp store.
2551 S State Road 159, Dugger, IN 47848
The club has an annual fish fry, and for the past few years, it has been at Greene-Sullivan. Greene-Sullivan was founded in 1936 when various coal companies donated more than 3,000 acres of property to the Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry. But that was just the beginning. Now the forest boasts almost 9,000 acres of beautiful woodland and rolling hills dotted with more than 120 lakes, making it one of the most unique areas in Indiana.
7234 Old Forest Road SW, Corydon, Indiana
The club enjoys this scenic park with 80 plus miles of trails of varying terrain and loops of various lengths, including bluffs that overlook the Ohio and Blue Rivers. Riding trails pass through though hilly, hardwood country with rocky outcroppings and breath-taking vistas across the Ohio into Kentucky. Be sure to watch for evidence of old farmsteads that are dotted along the trails.
4200 N. U.S. 35, Winamac, Indiana
A club favorite is day riding or camping at Tippecanoe River State Park. Easy riding and plenty of loops allows members to decide how long they want to ride. A must-do is taking a break at the state park’s fire tower. Climb the 111 stairs and enjoy the view from above the trees! Don’t worry. You can use mounting block at the base of the firetower to get back on your horse after your trip to the top.
Prairie Creek Reservoir, Muncie, Indiana
Another great benefit of belonging to the Battleground Saddle Club is joining events sponsored by other Indiana saddle clubs. The Muncie Light Horse Club invites us every year to their Roundup Weekend family fun event. Club members ride around the Prairie Creek Reservoir and down the Cardinal Greenway Horse Trails and enjoy their club’s scheduled entertainment.
Frances Slocum State Forest, Peru, Indiana
Our newest members' favorite spot to day ride is Frances Slocum State Forest. They enjoy the rugged trail system that includes lots of hills!
4220 W 500 S, Bringhurst, IN 46913
Just a short drive from Lafayette is a locally owned horse park that is a perfect place for our club members to organize a day ride at the last minute. It is so fun to ride to the Lancaster Covered Bridge that was built in 1872. Even more fun is playing in the Wildcat Creek that runs across the property.
Loretta Lynn Ranch, Hurricane Mills, Tennessee
Many club members have been attending the Bi-Annual Horseback Ride at Loretta Lynn's Ranch. Tons of family fun, water/electric camping and meals provided. Just gotta bring your own horse!
1217 Deam Lake Road, Borden, IN 47106
One of the best ways to end the horse camping season each year is attending the Indiana Trail Riders Association fundraiser the first weekend in November at Deam Lake. Riding at Deam Lake State Park / Clark State Forest in the fall is like riding through a famous artist's oil-based painting. Best way to end the season with good riding and great friends.
Shawnee National Forest, Southern Illinois
Our club has ridden many times in the Shawnee National Forest, which extends across southern Illinois. Club members have ridden in many parts of the Shawnee, including the High Knob area near the Garden of the Gods, the middle of the Shawnee near the campgrounds Bear Branch, Hayes Canyon and Little Lusk, and the western side of Shawnee near Dutchman Lake. Each area has unique features that are breath-takingly beautiful.
Hocking Hills State Park, Ohio
Club members have really enjoyed riding in the Hocking Hills Forest. It features 9,815 beautiful acres in Hocking County, including 40 miles of bridle trails, 23 horse campsites, a rock-climbing and rappelling area, beautiful waterfalls, and caves.
Big South Fork, Tennessee
Several club member groups recently rode in the Big South Fork located near Allardt, Tennessee. As one club member explained it, "From the O&W Bridge to the multiple arches to the overlooks to everything in between, including the scary Oh Poop / Ole Sh$& trail, this might be the most beautiful challenging riding that I will ever do."
Hoosier National Forest, Norman, Indiana
Club members camp all over the Hoosier National Forest to ride. Some of the popular campgrounds are Midwest Trail, Harden's, Hoosier Horse Camp, Hickory Ridge campground and Blackwell campground.