Department Rules and Regulations
Subdivision (n) of Section 190.8 of Title 6 of the official compilation
of Codes, Rules and Regulations of the State of New York provides for
use of state owned lands by horses and equestrians as follows:
The riding, driving or leading of horses will be permitted anywhere
on state lands under the jurisdiction of the Department of
Environmental Conservation unless otherwise prohibited by law,
regulation, posted notice or this subdivision. No person shall ride or
permit a horse on:
land devoted to intensively developed facilities, such as boat
launch sites, day use areas, campgrounds*, ski centers education
centers, fish hatcheries, game farms or headquarter complexes, and
lands managed for public safety, such as flood control levees;
foot trails, except where such trails are part of a publicly
maintained road, or are specifically designated to allow travel by
horses thereon; and
designated snowmobile trails and cross-country ski trails that are
covered with ice or snow.
*Does not include camping areas specifically developed
for horse use.
The following policies concerning the administration and use of
marked horse trails is set forth for your information and guidance.
Your cooperation in regard to these simple rules will be appreciated.
The Department of Environmental Conservation may close any area to
public use whenever it deems necessary. Further, the department may
refuse entry to any grouyp or individual who for any reason is not
properly equipped for wilderness travel.
Individuals or groups entering an area with a registration booth
must register at the booth upon arrival and check out upon departure.
Areas will be used on a first-come-first -served basis. Lean-tos,
horse shelters and corral areas must be shared to their capacity.
Groups, clubs and organizations wishing to conduct organized rides
or events must apply for a permit with the appropriate regional
All groups of 10 or more must obtain a permit prior to camping.
Campsites shall not be set up within 150 feet of water, rails or
roads unless specifically designated by the Department.
Current Coggins test required for use of facilities. Sick or
injured horsed must be removed from state lands upon request by
Department personnel. All users of state horse trails must comply with
New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Rules and
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