Horsing Around in Southern Oregon

If you’re planning to make Southern Oregon your destination for equestrian trail riding, you’ve picked a great place for it!  The area offers a variety of options from a greenway trail connecting Ashland to Central point to more remote mountainous trails with amazing vistas. Below are some resources, including several local equestrian organizations and a listing of trails and horse camps.

The Rogue Valley Equestrian Trails Association


The Rogue Valley Equestrian Trails Association, is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of Equestrian Trails and Facilities throughout the Rogue Valley

Rogue Valley Equestrian Trails Association (originally Bear Creek Greenway Equestrian Assn.) is an advocacy group made up of local horse owners and trail riders of all ages who seek a safe place to ride without traveling a great distance. We are a diverse group of people who care about the future of Jackson County and the preservation of equestrian access to areas historically used by horses.
We raise funds and work hard to build and maintain natural trails within Jackson County. We promote, organize events, and work many hours to help maintain equestrian trails throughout the Rogue Valley. We also coordinate with local cities to develop new equestrian trails in the Rogue Valley.
We believe trails are the backbone of our parks and open spaces. Equestrian trails provide us with the opportunity to explore, relax, and learn, all in our own backyard.
Our goal is not just to insure that we have trails to ride, but to make certain that our children and their children have the same opportunity.

Southern Oregon’s Siskiyou Uplands Trail Association (SUTA) –  http://sutaoregon.org/

SUTA’s mission is to create a community trail system across the Siskiyou upland ridges linking the existing trail systems of Ashland and Jacksonville. Running above the western side of Southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley, our Jack-Ash trail will provide a permanent recreational resource for our local community while protecting our natural resources into the future.   It will also provide an additional draw to visitors to our region.

SUTA’s Jack-Ash trail system hooks up many long-established trails and roads that run from the Ashland trails at Wagner Butte across the scenic ridge lines to Anderson Butte and on into the Jacksonville trail system.  Taking advantage of our area’s jaw-dropping vistas and beautiful forests found on the ridges above Ashland, Talent, Phoenix, Medford, and Jacksonville, SUTA’s trail runs through a wide diversity of landscapes and ecosystems.  The trail includes the historic Sterling Mine Ditch Trail as part of a loop around Anderson Butte.  This community-created trail will provide close-to-home recreational opportunities for all non-motorized activities, including hikers, equestrians, bicyclists, and runners, as well as local residents wanting a lovely stroll through the woods with their families and dogs.

Jackson County Horseman’s Association – http://www.ridejcha.com/

JCHA was formed in 1963 with the focus on group riding in Southern Oregon. Our aim is simple – let’s ride together and enjoy our animals and the outdoors!

Oregon Horse Camps Sites and Trails List


We’d love to host you and your horse here at Shady Grove Farm, whether you stay in your RV, our vacation rental or the bed and breakfast.  Happy Trails!