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Welcome to Cowboy Up Kentucky, Horseback Riding and Camping in Shawnee National Forest located in Southern Illinois! Come join us on the horse trails here in the lush and beautiful Shawnee National Forest! Shawnee National Forest is located in the very most southern tip of Illinios and has been voted in the top 5 most beautiful places to ride horses in the United States according to Western Horsemen and Trailblazer magazines!  We are about 5 hours from Chicago Illinios, and about 2 & 1/2 hours from St. Louis Missouri. Let us share this amazing natural wonder with you where Equestrain lovers from all over the country are inspired and amazed as they horse ride through the bluffs and streams withing this amazing forest.  

Horseback riding Hourly is 40.00 per person, Half Day is 120.00 per person, or a Full Day for 150.00 per person on our smooth gaited horses! Call Bear Branch@ 618-672-4249 or Text Terrie @ 618-294-3336 or Tannette @ 618-638-0226 for information or reservations. Riding is by reservation only.


Horse Rental Trail Riding is available on our gaited Horses, or bring your own Horses and Rent a Guide to help you traverse our Beautiful Horse Trails.

If you'd like to get your own map, trail ride Solo!


Campground bathroom and Shower is House Available to All Guests.


Hiking and Biking Trails.


Just a Few Minutes from Garden of the Gods, Bell Smith Springs, and from the Southern Illinois Wine Trail.


Thirty Minutes To Metropolis Illinois; Home of Superman!


Fourty Minutes to Paducah Kentucky and fifteen to Herrin Illinois off Highway 145 in Southern Illinois.




Please see us on our Facebook page at "Cowboy Up Kentucky, Horseback Riding & Camping in Shawnee National Forest"  where you can request Horseback riding rentals and camping information as well as viewing our horseback riding adventures with our guests!

For Camping Information and Horseback Riding Reservations in the Heart of the Great Shawnee National Forest in Southern Illinois


Please Call Bear Branch at 618-672-4249 or Text 

Terrie @ 618-294-3336 or Tannette @ 618-638-0226

Our Horseback Riding Trails are some of the most beautiful horse riding and hiking trails in the United States. Riding distance from camp include destinations to Indian Kitchen, Natural Bridge, Owl Bluff, Saltpeter Cave, Secret Canyon, Hayes Canyon, Jackson Hole, Petticoat Juntion, Crow Knob, and Sand Cave.

These Horses are relaxing in Saltpeter Cave in the Lusk Creek Wilderness, one of our Destination Rides.  You can expect to enjoy a 3-4 hour trip on this journey deep into the forest. 

This could be you perched high on Owl Bluff also located in the Magestic Lusk Creek Wilderness! 


This scenic spot is just about a 3 - 4 hour ride from camp and back. 


Pack your lunch and beverages, cans and plastic bottles only. No Glass on the trails please.


What we bring into the wilderness, we carry out and dispose of properly. 

Call Bear Branch @ 618-672-4249 for horseback riding and/or Camping Reservations within the shaded horse trails and hiking trails amongst the cliffs and bluffs of the stunning Shawnee National Forest.


We also offer camping packages for your horseback riding vacation complete with your choice of cabins, RV hookups with electric and sewer, as well as tent camping with available water and electric, or just go primitive! Seperate Men's and Woman's shower house is available for all guests. Click on the symbol at the top left of the page and see "Horseback Riding Camp Trips in Shawnee National Forest" for more information.

Frick Farm "Horseback Riding in Western Kentucky"  offers Horseback Riding in Benton Kentucky right at the Farm! They can also trailer horses from Frick Farm in Benton Ky. to Land Beween the Lakes for your own personalized Trail Riding experience.  

This is Ginger Frick, owner of Horseback Riding in Western Kentucky. Owner's Mark and Ginger Frick are very family oriented and welcome children to come and visit the horses on the farm in a controlled environment. 


Horseback Riding is done through gently rolling fields and trails leading down into the river bottoms of Marshall County.


Horse Rides start at 25.00 per hour per person, and bringing your kids to ride horses in the round pen with adult supervision is only 10.00 for 1/2 hour per child.


If you plan on camping at Land Between the Lakes, Stop in on Ginger and Check out this beautiful farm.


Contact Ginger Frick @ 270-994-0289 for directions and appointment or find Horseback Riding in Western Kentucky on Facebook and send her a message!

Kids can take a few minutes to enjoy the large pond out back where they can try their hand on the paddleboat after thier horse ride on the horse trails or in the round ring.


The kids pictured are all helpers here at the farm and keep the horses groomed and ready to ride.  

Horseback Riding In Western Kentucky has a stable of 5 horses ready to take you and your friends and family on a smooth and easy jaunt through the countryside. 


Should you choose to take your personal horseback riding trip on the Trails at Land Between the lakes, please schedule one week in advance. Cost is 120.00 per person and horse rides out on the trail are 3-6 hours with plenty of stops to rest and have some snacks. Call or text Ginger Frick @ 270-994-0289 for reservations or message her through Facebook by searching "Horseback Riding in Western Kentucky".

Every year on the First Monday of April, is the "Tater Day" Parade. This small parade in Benton Kentucky is famous for all of it's devoted, yearly horseback riders. There is usually anywhere from 60 to over 100 horse riders in this little Parade. It is quite a sight! 


Frick Farm is well represented every year. If you would like information about the Tater Day celabration, Call or text Ginger Frick @ 270-994-0289. Or message her on Facebook by looking up "Horseback Riding in Western Kentucky" 





Adults and Children will both enjoy a visit to this wonderful homeplace with all the critters to see. Sitting on your horse as it drinks from a cool stream always creates a smile! 





Here, a young man gets a quick bareback lesson from one of the helpers at the farm.

Cowboy Up uses mostly Gaited Horses. They are a bit different from a slower Walk-Trot horse such as a Quarter horse. We use primarily Tennessee Walking horses, who tend to walk a bit faster. This breed is known for it's relaxing Running Walk which is usually quite a bit smoother than a Walk-Trot horse's bumpy jog. Our horses are well behaved and gentle, but they will "giddy up" and move faster if you ask them!

We typically tend to cater to our rider's wishes wether it's picking up the pace and riding bit faster or, just a nice relaxed walk which is a little more condusive to sightseeing in the countryside. We promise you, this will not be the typical "nose to tail" ride where there is only one speed. Our rides will make you smile, and get your heart beating just a bit faster if you'd like!


No matter what your desired speed is, you will laugh and smile on your horse as you traverse the country side and feel the wind on your face! We will also be happy to supply you with saddlebags to carry your drinks, snacks, or personal belongings on your ride. Please check out the rest of our pages for riding destinations and pictures!

Call or Text Lisa Regenberg at 270-556-0580 for riding/camping in Shawnee National Forest in Southern Illinois


Or Ginger Frick at 270-994-0289
for riding in Benton Kentucky or at Land Between the Lakes. 

Whether you choose Benton Kentucky, Shawnee National Forest in Southern Illinois, or Wrangler's Camp Trails at Land Between the Lakes, you are sure to have a blast on our gaited horses.



See us on Facebook at "Cowboy Up Kentucky Horseback Riding and Camping in Shawnee National Forest"....


and at "Horseback Riding in Western Kentucky"!


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