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Crystal River Horseback Riding

Crystal River and Citrus County are a great area to ride horses. Many natives own horses and this area produces champion quarter horses. If you are interested in bringing your own horses or if you are considering renting a steed, if you are looking for a day ride or a full equestrian camping trip, horseback riding the beautiful public lands of Crystal River and Citrus County is available to residents and guest. Located in the Citrus area of The Withlacoothie State Forest,  Tillis Hill is a horse stable that accommodates 20 horses. There is a 37 site camping area here and one and two day riding trips depart from Tillis Hill. Please call The Florida Department of Forestry at (352)-796-5650 if you are interested in use of the stable.

The Southwest Florida Water Management District has horseback riding trails on both the Flying Eagle and Pott's Preserve. Flying Eagle has nine miles of horse trails. These trails are closed during hunting season. Equestrian camping is allowed, but by permit only. Pott's Preserve has 12 miles of marked trails and allows horse drawn buggies with a permit. There is a limited number of stalls and no charge overnight equestrian camping with a permit. If you are interested in horseback riding on Pott's Preserve, call 1-800-423-1476.

The Withlacoochee State Trial is the latest addition to the Crystal River area horseback riding trail system. This 47 mile former CSX railroad right-of-way permits horseback riding confined to designated bridle paths. For more information, please call (352)-394-2280.

Crystal River Horseback Riding Tips:

  • Each rider should carry proof of current Coggin's test at all times.

  • Keep control of your animal, especially when encountering pedestrians and cyclist.

  • Stay in designated riding areas to avoid injury to you and your mount.

  • Stay in designated areas to avoid destroying the native environment.

  • Please keep the riding areas clean by removing any garbage you may generated.

  • Build fires in designated fire rings. Use only dead wood found on the ground. Make sure your campfire is entirely extinguished before leaving camp.

  • Ride with a friend in case of emergency.

  • Make reservations and obtain permits prior to arriving to avoid delay or disappointment.

  • Consider Crystal River and Citrus County for your next horseback riding adventure.

Crystal River and Citrus County Horseback Riding Links

A-Ok Ranch/Angel Oaks Korral
2921 East Stagecoach Trail
Inverness, FL 34452
(352) 341-1774

Clearview Farm
655 North Cherry Pop Drive
Inverness, FL 34453
(352) 344-1171

Renab Ranch
5338 South Lecanto Highway
Lecanto, FL 34461
(352) 628-9816

Rymar Ranch
8265 South Lecanto Highway
Lecanto, FL 34461
(352) 382-4761

Sawtooth Horse Trails
10157 North Daylily Terrace
Crystal River, FL 34428
(352) 527-8483

Withlacoochee State Forest

15003 Broad Street
Brooksville, FL 34601
(352) 754-6896