West Point Lake offers miles and miles of trails and dirt roads for horseback riding. The most popular trail is the Pyne Road Park Equestrian Trail, which is a comfortable 7.2-mile wooded trail with wonderful views of West Point Lake.
Pyne Road Park Equestrian Trail – 7.2 Miles (Moderate) 3996 Roanoke Road, LaGrange, Georgia. Pyne Road Park Equestrian Trail is a comfortable bridle path that meanders along West Point Lake on the north side of Pyne Road Park, and offers wonderful vistas. This is a loop system made up of smaller individual trails, so mileage and routes can be determined individually. The trail is located next to an arena, which is open for public use, and provides spacious parking to accommodate horse trailers. There is also a watering station and a small round holding pen. This trail is designated as equestrian-only. Restrooms are unlocked during scheduled events, but porta potties may be located at the far end of the arena.
Chattahoochee Wildlife Management Area – 25 Miles (Easy) 500 Owensbyville Road, Franklin, Georgia. The Chattahoochee WMA, located on the north side of West Point Lake in Franklin, offers over 25 miles of dirt roads, and is accessible nine months out of the year, with gates closing to all but foot traffic from June 1 to August 15. Horses are permitted on improved roads, roads that are open to vehicles. Roads which are closed to horses will have a sign posted indicating that the road is closed to vehicles and horses. Please be aware that this tract is also a hunting preserve. Be sure to check the hunting schedule before planning your ride.
Pyne Road Park Nature Trail – 4.2 Miles (Moderate) 4481 Roanoke Road, LaGrange, Georgia. Pyne Road Park Nature Trail is a loop trail that traverses the wooded portion of the south side of Pyne Road Park. It is a multi-use trail shared between horseback riders, off-road cyclists, and hikers.
Rodeo races are held at the Pyne Road Park Arena on the first Friday of every month from March through October, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Twenty to fifty riders compete in barrel races, pole bending, Texas Barrel, flag races, and arena races. Admission is free. A full concession stand is available, offering hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, pickles, candy, canned sodas, and bottled water.
- Be nice. Treat everyone you meet on the trail like you would treat your grandmother. If you don’t like your grandmother, think of someone that you respect. Everyone on the trail is there to have a good time, so be courteous, polite, and utter a friendly greeting. A simple “Howdy” to fellow trail mates goes a long way.
- Right-of-way. West Point Lake’s equestrian trails are designated as equestrian-only. No cyclists or hikers, please, as horses may get spooked.
- Beware of blind corners. Anticipate other trail users around a corner. If you come to a blind corner, assume an angry lawyer is approaching that same corner. Take caution.
- Do not disturb wildlife. This is probably a no-brainer, but don’t run over anything, chase anything, or taunt anything. You’re on their turf, and they were there first. Plus, they’re nice to look at.
- Leave no trace. The “Leave No Trace” principle is basic outdoor ethics. If Bigfoot can do it so can you. Carry out what you carry in. No one wants to see trash on the trail. If you see litter that was left behind, be a Good Samaritan and pick it up.