This peaceful wooded equestrian campground is located along a bluff overlooking the majestic Pigeon River. It is shaded by hardwoods within the Pigeon River State Forest. Elk Hill Equestrian River Campground is intended to be used by those camping with horses. Options for those camping with horses are limited in the Pigeon River Country State Forest so equestrians rely upon this campground for use. If you are not camping with horses, please consider staying in one of our other state forest campgrounds. There are 11 sites, six of which will accommodate a 40-ft vehicle. Sites four and 11 are “buddy” sites, allowing two camping units on one of the sites, when both are rented. Only one camping unit is allowed on all other sites. Each site has a fire ring and picket posts. Campground amenities include vault toilets, water from well hand pump, an accessible mounting block and manure bunker. All 11 sites can be reserved through the Central Reservation System (on-line or by phone). Reservations must be made at least 72 hours in advance.

Shore-to-Shore Trail
The state forest campground is a stop along the Shore-to-Shore Trail, a 420-mile trail system open to hiking and horseback riding, that stretches east-west from Empire to Oscoda with two additional northern and southern spur trails. The Michigan Trail Riders Association assists with maintenance of the trail.

This campground is maintained with the help of Michigan Chapter of Back Country Horsemen of America.

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Vanderbilt, MI 49795


Contact: (989)-732-5485

Length: 420-mile Shore to Shore trail system

Level: Unknown

Type: Riding, Hiking

Terrain: Hills, woods, meadows, fields, rivers


Camping: Yes!

(11) $15

Location: In Otsego County, 14 miles east of Vanderbilt via Sturgeon Valley Road, Twin Lakes Road and Osmun Road.

Ride on designated trails only
The DNR, PRC Equestrian Council and the PRC Advisory Council are working together to provide increased equestrian access within the PRC. The goal is to provide safe trail riding that protects the environment while enhancing your trail experience. Illegal riding sets those efforts back. Please take the time to plan your rides using only trails open to equestrian use. Maps outlining those trails are available from the PRC Headquarters and posted in the campground. Pigeon River Country Equestrian Trail Maps are available at the campground or from the PRC Headquarters on Twin Lakes Road.

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