Brighton Trail Riders Association

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Check out our 2023 Calendar for the dates of our events and join our facebook group to get the details!

The mission of the Brighton Trail Riders Association is to partner with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources in maintaining and improving the equestrian facilities at the Brighton State Recreation Area, including the trails, campground and staging area.  We are committed to the goal of providing a safe and enjoyable experience to our members, the trail riding public, and other visitors to Brighton.

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Our Work Bees were a success, we were able to tackle some much needed areas and the trails look great!  Thank you so much to everyone who has helped in any way on the trails, we could not do it without you.  

The 2023 Event Calendar is uploaded and  it is sure to be a fun year. We hope you can join us for our events.  If you have not yet joined us as a supporting member, please make 2023 the year you do so.  All money is put back into the trails we all love and enjoy!

Do not forget to check out the Trail Calendar page on this website also.  We hope  it will be a wonderful resource for those wanting to attend more of the trail groups events in the area.  If any other groups would like to be included, please contact us.

2020 memberships will be rolled over to 2021 due to covid forcing us to cancel all. If you did not join in 2020, we’d love to have you join us in 2021. If you did, thank you for your support!

The Brighton equestrian facilities include 18 miles of well-maintained bridle trails, a designated equestrian campground, and a staging area. They are located off Chilson Road, at the western terminus of Bishop Lake Road, southwest of the city of Brighton.  The staging area contains a pavilion, picnic tables, a vault toilet, a mounting block, a water source, and picket posts.  It can accommodate trucks and horse trailers and offers generous room for socializing and picnicking.

   The equestrian campground is adjacent to the staging area and has 16 campsites in a natural, wooded setting.  Each site contains a fire ring, picnic table and picket posts. Within the campground there are two vault toilets, and two manure compost pits.  A water supply, powered by an electric pump, is also located in the campground.  The bridle trails are directly accessible from both the campground and the staging area.   The trails are well marked with signage containing trail maps and a numbering system.  Printed trail maps are available at the staging area or electronic copies can be downloaded from either the Brighton Trail Riders Association website or the Michigan DNR website.  

   For over thirty years, the Brighton Trail Riders Association has been dedicated to maintaining and improving Brighton’s equestrian facilities for trail riders and other members of the public.  We want all visitors to have a safe and enjoyable recreational experience.  We are confident that those who utilize these facilities will agree.

Brighton Recreation Area Equestrian Facilities