722 Giant City Rd.
Makanda, Illinois 62958



Come enjoy the beauty of Giant City State Park on horseback. Our experienced wranglers guide you through approximately one hour (3.2 miles) long trek through our private trails where you will experience the wild life and natural beauty of the Shawnee Forest from atop on of our experienced trail horses.

Reservations are recommended but walk-ins are welcome if space is availble.


Hour Ride: $65 per person

Departure Times:   9:00am    11:00am    1:00pm    

Other times may be available by reservation.


Hand led pony rides are available for children 12 and under. These rides are hand led by one of our wranglers on a short trail.

Cost $20 per child.

Additional Information

  • Payment required at time of reservation.

  • Cancellation Policy: We have a 3 day cancellation policy for rides. If you cancel your reservation outside of 3 days prior to your ride date, your payment will be refunded to you. If you need to change your reservation date or time, you may do so one time at no charge. No refunds of reschedules will be given with less than 3 days notice.

  • Changes due to Weather: We will not cancel rides due to cold or mild rainy weather. GCS management may cancel due to heavy rain, or thunder and lightning. If a ride is cancelled by management, you will receive a full refund or a rain check, whichever you prefer. We reserve the right to delay a ride up to one hour to wait out inclement weather.

  • Late Arrivals: Guests are asked to arrive 30 minutes prior to their scheduled departure time. Rides depart on time and no refunds will be made for late arrivals. If you fail to make your trail ride appointment, we still incur all of the same expenses, and we may have turned others away.

  • Click here to download LIABILITY FORM.

  • 250 lb. Weight Limit. Limited availability for Individuals 200 to 250 lbs.

  • Guided trail rides are walking only; no trotting or cantering due to the nature of the terrain

  • No double riding

  • Group rates available: 4 or more receive a $5.00 per person discount.

  • Ages 7 & up for guided trail rides

 Trail Ride