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Interlake State Recreation Area, horse trail ride in August

October 9, 2011 Posted by Michael Deig


Interlake State Recreation Area (ISRA), former coal mine land straddling Pike and Warrick Counties, is now open as a multi-use recreational facility. Interlake is approximately 3550 acres of land with three separate eras of mining and reclamation. From steep rugged spoil banks to rolling hilly grasslands, man-made lakes and final cut strip pits, Interlake is a diverse array of topography and scenic views.


 We went for a day horse trail ride in august at.  Interlake State Recreation area The horse trails there range from hilly to flat open riding. Being that this was at one time a open strip mine the Indiana DNR are working on recovery of this area. You will share most of the trails with 4×4, 4 wheelers, and hikers, There are trails that are marked for hikers and horses only.

 When we got to the main parking area we seen that there was lots of trailers that had 4 wheelers on them, we was worried about the number of riders that we might meet on the trails. Our worries was laid to rest fast as everyone of the riders would either change their rout plan or would pull over so that we could pass with our horses. There is over 80 miles of trails in the area and it is a shame at this time that there is no camp ground in the park.

 We also from that the trails was very clean being there is so much use  from people riding off road in the park. We did not remember seeing any trash on the trails. Talking about the trails they are a mix of dirt and rocks. There are some nice rolling hills to ride on or if you would like some very steep ones. There is also a lot of nice open grass areas to ride in as can be seen in the picture above. There is also lots of wooded areas that you can ride in.

 If you go there to ride I would print off the map of the area and take a GPS with you as the trails are not marked to well. There is trail markings but one can get lost on which trail number you need to be on. You will need to bring water as they do not have any drinking water there or electric on the grounds.

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