Pere Marquette State Park
RR 1, Box 209
Grafton, IL 62037
Pere Marquette’s stables are located 1 mile east of
the main Park entrance on Route 100. The stables
provide horseback riding, trails, horses for sale, hayrides and ponies for
children. Children 8 and older can ride their own horses. There are
generally 10 horses available. The stables are open daily (closed on
Tuesdays) May through
October (Call for the limited schedule during the months of March, April and
Trail Rides: Experience clean air, natural
sights and local wildlife such as deer, wild turkeys and red tailed hawks on
a 45-50 minute ride through 2 1/2 miles of scenic trails through the park.
Rides start at 10 am and continue every hour on
the hour until 4 pm. Riders
must be at least 8 years old (Sorry, no doubles) and there is a weight limit of 250 pounds.
Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations are
recommended. Please give special notice if booking group parties, field
Children's Rides: The staff will lead children
around the stable on a full sized horse. Horses can be
rented for private parties at your location. Call for details.
Hay Rides: Take a leisurely 35 minute hay ride
through the country side as your group takes in the sounds of crickets,
frogs and owls. Following the ride, your group will be dropped off at the
site of a roaring bonfire waiting for you to roast your hot dogs and
marshmallows. The Park's wagons can accommodate approximately 25 adults and
are offered by reservation only.
Equestrian Trails: The park maintains two
trails for use by those who have their own horses. Due to closings for
various hunting seasons, the trails are not open at all times. Please contact
the park's Visitor Center at 618-786-3323 in advance to make arrangements to
use these trails.
Prices: Call the stables for the current
N 38° 58.127'
W 90° 30.252'