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Essex Chain Lakes Equestrian Trails

Explore the scenery of Adirondack lakes, ponds, and rivers on horseback! Enjoy almost 22 miles of dirt back roads winding through Blue Mountain Wild Forest, Pine Lake Primitive Area, and Essex Chain Lakes Primitive Area. Parking areas are located throughout the area, as well as an equestrian parking and staging area at the northern end of the trails. Explore a little or a lot!

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Camp Santanoni Equestrian Trails

Explore a historically significant part of the Adirondacks the old-fashioned way: by horse! Great Camp Santanoni, now the property of New York State and open to the public, was once the Adirondack getaway of a wealthy downstate family. In summer, visit and enjoy gorgeous scenery — the 5 mile long gravel carriage road does not allow vehicular traffic — and tours of the historic camp by engaging volunteers.

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Boreas Ponds Area Equestrian Trails

Boreas Ponds is a 320-acre body of water surrounded by state Forest Preserve. The area features stunning views of the Boreas mountain range, as well as the High Peaks beyond. Enjoy exploring by horseback on 17 miles of roads through forest, along rivers, and to Boreas Ponds.

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Frontier Town Campground, Equestrian and Day Use Area

Frontier Town is one of the newest attractions in the Adirondacks! It is located on 91 acres on the shores of the scenic Schroon River and was once home of the Frontier Town theme park. Until the park closed it's doors, Frontier Town was a Wild West theme park where families from around the country could ramble through a pioneer village, watch a rodeo, and maybe even witness an outlaw or two riding through town! Today, with that theme in mind, Frontier Town has reopened as a hub of horseback riding and camping in the heart of the Adirondacks.

How to get there

Take Exit 29 off of the Northway. Make a right onto Blue Ridge Road, then make another right onto Route 9 South. Turn right onto Frontier Town Road and continue to the campground entrance.


Frontier Town has tent, RV and trailer, and equestrian camping. The campground also features a seasonal day-use area with a pavilion, playgrounds, electric vehicle charging stations and a comfort station, as well as pedestrian trails, facilities and picnic/fireplace areas that are ADA-compliant.

45 tent camping sites, including three group-camping sites, are near two shower buildings. Each tent site has parking for two vehicles, a fireplace, and 12-by-12-foot tent pad. Tent sites are not serviced by electrical power. 

13 RV and trailer camping sites include electrical hookups, fireplaces, and conveniently located water spigots. There is one shower building in this area.

Horseback Riding

33 equestrian camping sites each have an electrical hookup, hibachi-style grill, two tie stall, and water spigots within 250 feet of the campsite.

13 horse tie stalls are located next to the camping pads with a capacity to hold up to five horses, and one stud stall provides the capacity for up to 66 horses. Several trails for horseback riding are near, or on, the property.


Enjoy a network of campground trails which take visitors to lovely views for exploration and photography, with or without horses.

There are two outlooks along the Schroon River which feature an oxbow wetland.

Find out more

Read our blog about this area with A day in North Hudson.

See available horseback riding in the Schroon Lake Region.


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