Randolph State Fish and Wildlife Area Horse Trails

4301 S. Lakeside Road
Chester, IL 62233
United States

Randolph County Fish and Wildlife area is an 1,101 acre playground in the rolling hills of Southern Illinois.  Horseback riders on the trail may see woodpeckers, hawks, turkeys, deer, squirrels and waterfowl as they wind through woods and open fields, and around the lakeshore of the clear-water lake teeming with diverse species of fish including channel catfish, redear and bluegill sunfish, walleye, saugeye, and rainbow trout.  The hickory, oak, and sweetgum trees that make up the forest shade horse and rider during hot summer days.  The tulip trees interspersed throughout the woods are a treat in the spring to see the flowers gracing the branches and petals raining down.  The trail passes through a native short shortleaf pine forest, crosses a ravine with steep canyon walls, and passes a running stream with waterfalls. 

The park is teeming with amenities from restrooms, picnic areas, showers, sanitary dump stations, playgrounds, grills, and an 8-stall horse barn.

Open Dates

April 1 - October 31

Distance and Terrain
12.0 miles

Designated horse camping.

Spaces:  8 Spaces

Cost: $18/night

Amenities: water, 50 amp electricity, primitive toilets, hitching rails, gravel vehicular access, fire pit, picnic tables.

Equine Amenities: Eight stalls in a classic red barn.

Reserve a camping spot.


Designated horse trailer parking

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