Deam Lake in Southern Indiana is a wonderful place to trailer horses for the day, weekend or longer for horseback riding. Located just 25 minutes north of Louisville and an hour south of Brown County, Indiana, this park has had many upgrades to attract trail riders. To view pictures from the trails click here.
Having been to Deam Lake myself to horseback ride on the trails during the past four years, I personally have seen the improvements within the park. Deam Lake has always been a good place to trail ride and the variety of difficulty levels suit intermediate to advanced level riders. Beginner riders can navigate the trails, but I would recommend going with a more experienced rider(s) for a first outing. Also if there is a fear of heights, some of the trails may be challenging as there is a fairly good view off the side of the trail on the gradual climbs up the hills.
There is an amazing campground suited for horse trailers of all sizes in a section designated only for horseback riders. To view pictures of the campground click here. There are tie racks, plenty of water spickets, dump sites, and ample parking for vehicles. The newest additions to the campgrounds are the stables. There are three stables with numbered stalls, all having ample room for horses. The structures are solid, well ventilated, and have plenty of space outside for maneuvering horses. They are located close to the campsites. To view a map of the campground, click here.
At Deam Lake the riding trails are well maintained and there are additional trails being added currently. A map of the trails can be obtained at the gate entrance to the park. There are literally miles and miles of trails. The trails are color coded, and marked quite well during the ride. Some are the width of a vehicle while others are suited for riding single file at times. Many of the trails intersect making it possible to ride for longer or turn back to the barn if needed. If riders and their horses are conditioned for it, they can ride all the way to Pekin, Indiana which is a several mile trek covering a good expanse of the Southern Indiana area.
The scenery on the trails is amazing. Trails travel along the Deam Lake and through forest. Many of the trails allow riders to climb a nice, gradual climb up hills to gain access to the beautiful scenery of the Southern Indiana region.
Depending on the season, riders have different advantages. June is a nice time to ride, with the new green foliage. Summer riding calls for horses to be ridden in the morning or late afternoon as the heat and humidity doesn’t suit a midday ride. Fall is especially nice with the colors of the leaves exploding on the hillsides in the cool air. October is an especially nice time to ride as the heat and humidity have tapered off, as well as the flies. This makes it more comfortable for both horse and rider. During November riders can see quite a distance at the top of the hills since the leaves have resigned to the forest floor.
Deam Lake is a hidden gem in the hills of Southern Indiana. This park has great accommodations for horses and their riders
Personal experience horseback riding at Deam Lake, Indiana