Trail Riders of Today (TROT)Dedicated to Enjoying, Maintaining and Expanding Sustainable Trails for Equestrian Use

Welcome To TROT

Founded in 1980, TROT is an all-volunteer grassroots membership organization that provides a vital voice for the preservation and creation of sustainable trails for equestrian use. TROT promotes trail riding by holding organized rides and educational activities throughout the year, promoting safe riding, trail etiquette, and proper horses care. Join TROT – If you enjoy riding horses on trails in Maryland, want to learn about great places to ride, and would like to see these trails remain open to all riders, see our membership page to join/renew/contribute. And be sure to check out our list of scheduled rides on our calendar page.

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Many of the trails open to equestrians are multi-use trails that also are open to hikers and bikers. The success of TROT’s mission depends on the active participation of equestrian and non-equestrian trail enthusiasts, and we actively support collaborations with all users to ensure that trails are available for everyone…

Trail Rides Please come out to enjoy a TROT trail ride and consider leading a ride yourself!  TROT trail rides are fun and a great opportunity to learn new trails, meet other TROT members, and find a new trail riding buddy.  To lead a ride, contact our trail ride coordinator,…

Trail rides are a relaxing way to meet other riders and enjoy the natural beauty of open space, woods, and park land. TRAILS and MAPS Guide to Maryland Horse Trails – The Guide, put together by the Maryland Horse Industry Board, contains a large, illustrated map of the horse trails…

Upcoming Events

all-day Trail Ride @ Gillis Falls
Trail Ride @ Gillis Falls
Jul 21 all-day
(Rain Date July 28) Gillis Falls, also known as Woodbrook CWMA in Woodbine may never become a reservoir, as the county has long intended (it exists only on maps), but the acres Carroll County acquired boasts 3+ miles of trails, an arena, and cross country jumps. It is crisscrossed by several potential…
all-day Trail Ride @ Woodstock Equestrian Park
Trail Ride @ Woodstock Equestrian Park
Aug 25 all-day
[Heat/Rain date: Saturday, September 25.] This will be a repeat of last year’s wonderful ride at a delightful park with good footing; there will be an all-walk and a faster pace group. Please bring sandwiches and drinks for relaxing after the ride. More in the May newsletter.
all-day Trail Ride @ Little Bennett
Trail Ride @ Little Bennett
Sep 9 all-day
[Rain date: Sunday, September 16.] This is a wonderful riding venue! There should be an all-walk and a faster group, and a wonderful lunch after the ride. More info to come in the May newsletter.
all-day Trail Ride @ Gunpowder - Bunker Hill
Trail Ride @ Gunpowder - Bunker Hill
Sep 15 all-day
[Rain date: Saturday, September 22.] Bunker Hill is a very popular riding area in Gunpowder Falls State Park. The pace of this ride will be walk-only for 1 ½ – 2 hours. More information in the May newsletter
all-day Trail Ride @ Fairland Park
Trail Ride @ Fairland Park
Oct 6 all-day
[Rain date Saturday, October 20.] A lovely park (see write-up for May 24 ride). We will have an all-walk and a faster group, about a 2 hour ride, and then a pot-luck lunch.
9:00 am Trail Ride and Camping @ Fair Hill
Trail Ride and Camping @ Fair Hill
Oct 11 @ 9:00 am – Oct 14 @ 5:00 pm
TROT members are invited to join with the Chesapeake Plantation Walking Horse Club (CPWHC), which has booked the barn at Fair Hill NRMA for a horse camping weekend! Great trail riding and camping, and a well-organized weekend, since CPWHC has been doing these Fair Hill camping weekends for many years. Fair Hill…
all-day Trail Ride on the Beach @ Assateague
Trail Ride on the Beach @ Assateague
Nov 3 all-day
[Rain date: Saturday, November 17.] Ride with the wild ponies! This ride has been on my bucket list, and I invite you to join me. Day use horseback riding is permitted in Maryland from October 9 through May 14. An entrance fee is required for all vehicles entering the park. Sign up…
all-day Trail Ride @ Anacostia
Trail Ride @ Anacostia
Nov 10 all-day
[Rain date: Saturday, November 17.] A favorite TROT ride. This fantastic ride has many special views, including the Lincoln Cemetery and Bladensburg Waterfront. We will travel along the Anacostia River on a very nice path, traversing over and under bridges and roads, passing playgrounds and outdoor workout equipment. A great ride to…