Each stable operation offers a variety of ways for riders to enjoy their horseback experience. The most popular options are the trail rides, where riders are led by a knowledgeable guide along tree-lined paths that wind through the parks and, in some instances, onto bluffs that overlook lakes or rivers.
Most guided rides last about one hour. Hayrides are offered for large groups and chuck-wagon dinners can be booked for groups to enjoy real cowboy cooking offered by the stable operators.
For the younger, inexperienced horse lovers, you-lead pony rides are available for a minimal charge.
If you are fortunate enough to own a horse and have the freedom and expertise to ride the trails, nine other state parks have miles of open equestrian trails. Some have multiple riding areas within the park.
Parks include Arrowhead at Lake Eufaula, Foss in western Oklahoma, Great Salt Plains near Jet
, Lake Murray, McGee Creek near Atoka
, Osage Hills near Pawhuska
, Robbers Cave, Roman Nose, and Walnut Creek near Prue
. Equestrian campgrounds at these parks include hitching posts, some campgrounds with recreational vehicle sites that include water and electrical hookups, tent sites and comfort stations for campers.