Photos from the Horse Trails

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    On Burnt Creek Trail

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    Picnic table on HighBanks Trail

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    Bailey Road Bridge

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    Nice ride down McPhilmy Road

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    Enjoying the ride!

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    Proceeding Trail

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    Down by the Independence River

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    Somewhere on Frost Pocket Trail

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    Camper enjoying the trails

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    Stopping for a lunch break on Streamside Trail

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    Payne Lake

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    Near the Independence River

Whenever you ride, be sure to:
  • carry a cell phone
  • have a map
  • have emergency phone numbers
  • wear a helmet
If you ride alone - tell someone where you plan to ride.

REMEMBER: If you don't have cell service, you can still write a TEXT and it will send automatically when you have service.

About Otter Creek Horse Trails

There are about 65 miles of maintained horse trails in the wild forest preserves of upstate NY. They are managed and maintained by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. Check the NYSDEC website for guidelines on trail usage.

Camp K and the other Horse Camps at Otter Creek are located at the northern section of the Otter Creek Horse Trail system. These trails are not as heavily used as the trails near the Assembly area and south.

If you want to ride the southern section of the trail system, you will need to trailer to the overflow parking lot of the Assembly area.

View or download a map of the horse trail system.
The trails in the northern section are sandy, whereas; in the southern section they tend to be more rocky. You will find flatlands, hills, water crossings, bridges, and even lakes where your horse can drink.

There are also tie rails and picnic tables on some trails for a relaxing stop for lunch. In the summer, you can even pick raspberries and blueberries which grow wild throughout.

Thankfully, ATV's are not allowed on the horse trails.

Getting to the Otter Creek Horse Trails from Camp K

  • Follow the marked GREEN TRAIL from Camp K which takes you to the Tractor Rd Extension and then to Tractor Rd.
  • The GREEN TRAIL can be accessed from just behind and to the right of the big brown garage. You can also get on it from the driveway down towards Erie Canal Rd.
  • There are green markers on the trees on the right-hand side of the trail.
  • You will know when you get to the Tractor Rd Extension when the trail widens and goes straight ahead. There is also a trail to the right that takes you out to Bailey Rd but this trail is on private property.
  • At the end of the marked green trail, you will be on Tractor Rd. Turn left (see sign for Horse Trails) and follow to Beach Mill Rd. You will pass several small camps (on left) including the Bunkhouse and Dig It and the outside riding ring and then you will come to a right fork that takes you to the intersection of Beach Mill and McPhilmy Rds. Check out your trail map to decide where to go from there.