Have you ever wondered what type of hobby you could start with your family? Well, join our family in one of our favorite hobbies: horseback riding. Horses learn to read you as you learn to ride them. They can sense your moves, tension, excitement, and even your fear. But once you understand your horse and your horse understands you, the fun can begin.
In Northeast Iowa, we are very fortunate to have quite a few wonderful places to ride. The one I will talk about today is where we go most often, Volga River Recreation Park. It is located 10225 Ivy Road Fayette, between Fayette and West Union. This state park is not only for equestrian riders, but for non-equestrians also. You can camp, fish, ride horse, hike, boat, kayak, or just float down the river on a hot sunny day.
There is a 138 acre lake to fish in or the Volga River itself. You can catch Bluegill, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Trout, and Channel Catfish. But let’s get onto my family’s favorite. As for horseback riding, there are twenty-two miles of trails at Volga River Recreation Park. Trails include Frog Hollow Trail, Lake View Trail, Ridge Trail, Albany Trail and the Lima Trail. The Lima Trail takes visitors past twenty foot high limestone bluffs and a fifteen acre white pine plantation. Along the way, are watering spots to cross and let your horses drink. Trails are very easy going, even for inexperienced riders.
Not only is it beautiful scenery, but it’s also a place for families to bond together in a naturalistic setting. So get outside and check it out! Our family has traveled all over the US checking out trails. Stay tuned for the next best equestrian trails we've experienced.