Parks & Recreation

Equestrian Trails

Visit our partner organization- Duluth Area Horse Trail Alliance (DAHTA)

Trails typically take 24-hours after a rainfall event to reopen.
Trails should not be used during wet weather or when trails are soft/muddy.
If leaving hoofprints in the trail, please turn around.

Click HERE for Online Parks and Trails Map

Trails Conditions (open/close status)
We appreciate your patience in allowing trails to dry before use. When trails are closed because of construction, maintenance, events, or weather we ask that you obey any closure signs and detours. These closures are in place for your safety and for the protection of our trails. Open/Close determinations are made in cooperation between City staff and volunteers from community non-profit organizations. These staff, in addition to volunteers from DAHTA, have completed training/certification in trail design, construction, and maintenance best practices. Each of our trail partner organizations have designated Trail Stewards to help evaluate and determine current trail conditions. 

Seasonal Closures
Duluth has many miles of natural surface trails for hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, and horseback riding. During annual freeze/thaw cycles in the Spring & Fall, our trails are especially susceptible to damage due to wet conditions. Hoofprints on wet trails can cause significant damage, while increasing trail maintenance costs. Natural surface trails are closed each Spring & Fall until they are dry enough, or frozen enough, for use without damage. During these periods the paved or hard surface trails or roadways are a good recreation option.

City of Duluth Equestrian Trails

The City of Duluth offers 10 miles of trails for horseback riding; utilizing portions of Skyline Parkway adds 5.5 miles of gravel roadway, connecting to the designated equestrian trails. Majority of these trails are multi-use, so riders should expect to encounter hikers, runners, and cyclists.
Check out the Online Parks & Trails Map for more info.

Magney-Snively Park (click here for map) is a designated Duluth Natural Area comprised of over 1,600 acres in west Duluth. This natural area is a highly functional, viable ecosystem consisting of a diverse mosaic of wetlands, uplands, and rock outcrop communities. These characteristics, as well as its large size, make Magney-Snively of the highest ecological significance and quality to be found within an urban area.

A 3.5 mile horseback trail loop meanders through the forest, and crosses West Skyline Parkway (gravel roadway) at two points. An additional 3.5 miles of West Skyline Parkway, and 4-miles of the Duluth Winnipeg Pacific Trail are open for horseback riding are connected to the trailhead via the 0.5 mile Clyde Avenue Connector Trail (all of which are hardpacked gravel surface). Utilizing West Skyline Parkway, and being a bit creative with your route allow for nearly 8 miles of horseback riding without repeating the same trail twice! 

Hawk Ridge (click here for map) comprises 235 acres of undeveloped land centered on the highest point along the eastern portion of Skyline Parkway, and is home to Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory. The Amity Creek Trail is a former gravel roadway, that is now designated as a 2 mile multi-use trail enjoyed by hikers, cyclists, equestrians, and snowmobiles. Another 0.5 mile trail connects it to East Skyline Parkway (gravel roadway), utilizing this section of parkway creates a loop that's just over 4 miles. 

To make the trail experience enjoyable for all users, here are some trail etiquette suggestions:

  • Have fun and share the trail!
    • Show courtesy to other trail users. A smile, a nod and a “hello” goes a long way.
    • Don’t block the trail. Move to the side of the trail when taking a break.
    • Use the right side of the trail except when otherwise designated. Pass carefully on the left, and give an audible warning when you’re about to pass.
    • Always use safe speeds.
    • Respect wildlife.
  • Travel on open trails only. Respect all trail and road closures and don’t trespass on private land.
    • Stay off wet and muddy trails. Do not leave footprints or tire ruts.
    • Use low tire pressure (as low as 2-4psi) during soft snow conditions.
    • Stay off freshly groomed trails during the winter until they set up or harden.
    • Don’t "post hole" or leave tire ruts.
    • Stay on existing trails. Don’t cut switchbacks and avoid walking on the sides of trails which negatively impacts vegetation along the trail and causes trail widening and braiding.
  • Leave no trace.
    • Be a responsible dog owner. Dogs must be on leashes except in designated dog parks. Please clean up after your pets.
    • Don’t allow your dog to trip or jump on other trail users.
    • Pack it in, pack it out. Always pick up your (and others) trash. Don’t litter.
    • No campfires.
    • Leave what you find: rocks, plants, and other natural objects as you find them.
  • Plan ahead and prepare.
    • Know your route.
    • Check trail conditions and closures before you head out.
    • Bring appropriate gear and attire for the weather and duration of your outing.
    • Let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return.
  • Get involved!
    • Many of Duluth’s trails are cared for by nonprofit partner groups and volunteers.
    • Head to the Trail Partners page to find ways to volunteer and donate what you can.
Horses have right of way