Horse trail to expand in Pleasant Hill Lake region

May 31, 2011

A popular horse riding trail in the Pleasant Hill Lake region of Ashland and Richland counties will grow and connect to a trail system in the neighboring Mohican Memorial State Forest.


A lease agreement routing the proposed trail through the Pleasant Hill Outdoor Center on the south side of Pleasant Hill Lake on property owned by the Presbytery of Wooster has been approved by the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District’s (MWCD) Board of Directors. The MWCD will lease the 2,500-foot long, 6-foot-wide section of property for trail development by the Ohio Horseman’s Council.


“The horse trail at Pleasant Hill Lake already serves the equestrian community by serving as an important link to trails at Malabar State Park,” said Scott Barnhart, MWCD’s chief recreation. “The need for a link on the south side of the lake to reach the Mohican Memorial State Forest has been recognized for quite some time and this agreement will allow that to occur.


“The trail is gaining in popularity and interest and the overnight horse camp at Pleasant Hill Lake Park is attracting riders for multi-night stays.”


The multi-mile trail system around Pleasant Hill Lake has become a popular destination for horse and hiking enthusiasts. Several individual trails have been developed and the horse camp inside Pleasant Hill Lake Park serves visitors by offering large pads for trucks and trailers that transport horses and riding equipment.


Details about the camp are available at, or by contacting Pleasant Hill Lake Park at (419) 938-7884 or by e-mail at


The MWCD originally approved an agreement with the Ohio Horseman’s Council in 2008 for development of a trail at Pleasant Hill Lake. Construction and maintenance of the trail are paid for and handled by the Ohio Horseman’s Council and volunteers.


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