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We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting, clinic, seminar, or public appearance.
Who We Are:
A handful of people met to discuss working with the Will County Forest Preserve to allow horses on the trails in Will County. At that first meeting an alliance of trail riders formed calling themselves the Will County Trail Riders (WCTR).
Since that time, WCTR, speaking as the organized voice of the county’s equestrians, has worked with the forest preserve and other public entities with the request to include equestrian use of public land. The WCTR have received positive results in the past and is working towards the future inclusion of equine on newly constructed trails throughout Will County.
In our endeavor to further educate the public, we also choose to educate ourselves so as to represent the equine population in a responsible fashion. Our meetings provide an opportunity to plan future events, assisting our members in becoming educated and responsible horse owners.
Here’s what we have accomplished with member support:
Spring Creek Preserve – Homer Trails
Located in Homer Township (Mokena) on S. Bell Road. This is the first Will County Forest Preserve holding which allows horses on the trails. We were involved in this pilot equestrian trail program from the beginning!
Des Plaines Conservation Area
Located in Wilmington and operated by the Illinois Department of Natural resources. This trail was opened as a result of the efforts of both the Will County Trail Riders and the Illinois Trail Riders. WCTR has been recognized by the Site Manager for our work in the development and maintenance of the 12 miles of trails and amenities at this site.
Wauponsee Glacial Trail
Under the jurisdiction of the Will County Forest Preserve, the second phase ws opened in May of 2004. Currently, there are 19.5 miles of crushed limestone trails beginning at the Sugar Creek Administrative Center in Joliet. WCTR worked jointly with the WCFP to plan and develop this multi-use trail.
Midewin National Tall Grass Prairie
Located on the old Joliet Arsenal site, Midewin was opened to the public in June 2004. Nearly 15 miles of shared use trails currently exist on the East side of the Tall Grass Prairie. Together, the WCTR and the U.S. Forest Service, along with interested trail advocates, planned and implemented this multi-use trail. This trail is open year round for equestrian enjoyment.