Adjacent to the western edge of the Adirondack
Park — to the east of Lake Ontario, south of
Lowville in Lewis County — are two public forest
areas managed by the State Department of
Environmental Conservation, (the DEC): the
Independence River Wild Forest, and the
Independence River and Otter Creek State Forest.
There are arguably 65 wonderful miles of riding
trails through these two adjacent wilderness areas.
They’re called the Otter Creek Horse Trails.
The Otter Creek Horse Trails are a series of old
sandy roads and wooded trails that traverse a
beautifully diversified region, populated with
wildlife. Once off the sandy roads, the trails wind
their way along sand flats and through wooded
areas, access picturesque glacial ponds, and have
climbs that lead to fine river vistas.
If you and your horse like water, the trails follow or
cross the Independence River and no less than
seven smaller waterways: Otter, Little Otter, Beaver
Meadow, Chase, Burnt, and Crooked Creeks. All
eventually flow into the Black River that continues
on north into Lake Ontario. It’s truly a beautiful area
in any season of the year. Yes, even in winter.
We have several recommended rides for you to