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Roland Olson Forest Preserve Horse Trails

9669 Atwood Road
Roscoe, IL 61073
United States

Equestrian trailhead with arena and water pump at Roland Olson Forest Preserve in Roscoe, IL
Horse arena and announcers stand at Roland Olson Forest Preserve
Equestrian parking area at Roland Olson Forest Preserve
Horse trailer parking at Roland Olson Forest Preserve
Grass horse trail through prairie at Roland Olson Forest Preserve
Dog hiking on equestrian trails at Roland Olson Forest Preserve
Bathrooms off the horse trails at Roland Olson Forest Preserve
Hiking and horse trail through the forest at Roland Olson Forest Preserve
Equestrian trails through the forests at Roland Olson Forest Preserve
Grass horse and hiking trails at Roland Olson Forest Preserve
Trail markers for horse and hiking trails at Roland Olson Forest Preserve
Wildflowers in the prairie at Roland Olson Forest Preserve
Purple prairie flowers at the Roland Olson Forest Preserve
Flowers growing in the prairie off the equestrian trails in the Roland Olson Forest Preserve
Equestrian trailhead with arena and water pump at Roland Olson Forest Preserve in Roscoe, IL
Horse arena and announcers stand at Roland Olson Forest Preserve
Equestrian parking area at Roland Olson Forest Preserve
Horse trailer parking at Roland Olson Forest Preserve
Grass horse trail through prairie at Roland Olson Forest Preserve
Dog hiking on equestrian trails at Roland Olson Forest Preserve
Bathrooms off the horse trails at Roland Olson Forest Preserve
Hiking and horse trail through the forest at Roland Olson Forest Preserve
Equestrian trails through the forests at Roland Olson Forest Preserve
Grass horse and hiking trails at Roland Olson Forest Preserve
Trail markers for horse and hiking trails at Roland Olson Forest Preserve
Wildflowers in the prairie at Roland Olson Forest Preserve
Purple prairie flowers at the Roland Olson Forest Preserve
Flowers growing in the prairie off the equestrian trails in the Roland Olson Forest Preserve

Roland Olson Forest Preserve is a well manicured park an easy drive from Rockford, Illinois or the Northwest Chicago suburbs.  This lovely park has a long equestrian history.  It was originally a 127 acre polo complex and was donated to the Forest Preserves of Winnebago County to ensure that space for local equestrians would be maintained.  The park boasts a wide and easily accessible trailer parking area with space for several trailers, a tidy sand arena with an announcers stand with electricity, tie rails, a water pump, and picnic tables dotted across the pristine equestrian area and trailhead.

The trails through the park are wide, mowed grass and the trees and shrubbery are trimmed to allow two riders to ride side by side.  The majority of the trails circle restored prairie that once housed the polo fields.  One third of the trails pass through remnant pine plantations and upland forest.  At only 1.5 miles, Roland Olson Forest Preserve does not offer an extensive trail system but the park is beautifully maintained and chock full of amenities.  When we visited, the prairies were bursting with wild flowers and it would be a joy to see in all seasons.  Roland Olson Forest Preserve is a fantastic place to get in both an arena workout and cross-training on trails.  It would also be a fantastic park for beginning riders or horses due to thes safety of the well-groomed trails.   Our only critique is that we would love longer trails but the restored prairie and lovely park would definitely deserve two loops which would help increase mileage.

  

Open Dates

Mid April to Mid November

Distance and Terrain
1.5 miles

Wide mowed grass trails.

Camping
No.
Parking

Designated Trailer Parking

Additional Info

Sand arena with announcer stand with electricity located at designated horse trailer parking.

Directions

3 miles east of Roscoe on Burr Oak Road, south ½ mile on Atwood Road.