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Would You Like Public Horse Trails in Door County, Wisconsin?

posted May 12, 2012, 4:34 AM by Ken Carpenter

Thumbs Up Riders of Glacial Drumlin Horse Trail Association is Door County’s only non-profit equine trail group.  At this time a section of the Ahnapee State Trail runs through a small portion of Door County and it is the only public horse trail the county has.  We are working hard to change that so horse enthusiasts will be able to visit our community and enjoy hours upon hours of riding. 

Currently we have been preparing to call landowners to ask permission for a public horse trail across their property.  A press release to the local papers is being sent out so people know our call is on the way.  Once we have a route established we will hold an informational open house for landowners, showing what has been accomplished and what issues might still need attention. 

Besides the public horse trail system we hope to establish across private property we want to work with the Department of Natural Resources during the master planning period, this fall, for all state parks located in Door County.  Keep your fingers crossed that we will be able to get horse trails and camps in our state parks where practical.  You can help us by going to and signing in favor of said trails and camps.  Also keep your eyes and ears open for the state park public input meetings.  If you could attend these meetings it will go along way to show how much horse trails in Door County’s State Parks are desired. 

Our dream is to have a county wide public horse trail that will connect Northern Door County to the Ahnapee State Trail in Southern Door County, with loops along the way and routes to local businesses and points of interest.  Horse campsites are also part of this dream. 

We are having our Recreational Horse Trail Fundraiser June 24th.  It will be a trail ride with challenges along the way.  We have permission to use the Jax Boy Scout Camp, 4186 Peterson Rd., Sturgeon Bay, Wi, as our trailhead.  The camp is rustic with a vault bathroom, logs for seating, a large grassy area for parking, and a hand pump well for water, no electricity.  

If you are not sure about attempting challenges with your horse, no problem, just enjoy the ride.  Challenges are optional but they will be judged and prizes will be awarded.  Challenges are judged on horsemanship and not speed.  Cost is $10 per rider and lunch will be available after the ride for an additional fee, not yet determined.  Registration for this event starts at 10:00am and the trail opens at 10:30am.  Your participation will help make this event a success and will help our efforts in public horse trails in Door County.  

If you have any question about Thumbs Up Riders or our Recreational Horse Trail Fundraiser please feel free to contact me Amy Bauer at (920) 743-2457 or email  Use my contact information to RSVP for the Trail Ride With Challenges by June 20th to help us form a count for lunch. 

Amy Bauer


Thumbs Up Riders of G.D.H.T.A.