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Equestrian trails are day-use only, overnight stays are not allowed.
Trails are open annually from June 1-September 30, but will occasionally be closed when they're too wet.
Martin Area Park (Martin's Access) includes five miles of marked horseback riding trails. The trails wind through woodlands and prairies, crossing small streams and bringing riders near to the banks of the Little Sioux River. Riders will enjoy beautiful views and the quiet of birdsong and the wind in the trees. New culverts and water crossings installed in Fall 2008 have improved hazardous spots on trails. Additional crossings will be added as money and time permit. Signs for the trails were purchased with a $250 grant from the Iowa Horse Council.
Trailer access is located within the south gate, on higher ground, in a new parking area designated by split rail fence and a trail head sign. There is a newly erected restroom located nearby and a water spigot.
Due to the steep terrain and rare plant communities within the park, horses will not be permitted on trails during wet conditions, nor may they be ridden off-trail or on trails marked with "no horses" signs. Riders that do not comply will be asked to leave, and may be assessed a $50 fine for each offense.
Trails Closed Annually From October 1- May 31
Martins Access holds a special place in many local hearts, and a variety of park users spend time within the park, camping, hiking, hunting, fishing, gathering wild foods, and sightseeing. In addition, very special and uncommon plant and wildlife communities exist at Martins Access. To avoid conflict with hunters and to protect trail surfaces, trails are closed from October 1 through May 31, except for approved riding events.
In order to preserve these resources for future generations, trail riders are asked to follow the "Backcountry Horsemen Commandments"
- The horseman shall not keep horses longer than it takes to unpack or pack them in any campsite normally used by other park users.
- The horseman shall not tie his stock directly to a tree.
- The horseman shall not cut switchbacks.
- The horseman shall not leave a fire unattended. (All fires in the park are restricted to designated steel fire rings in designated campsites.)
- The horseman shall properly dispose of all manure, bailing twine, wire and waste hay in camp areas, trailheads or loading areas.
- The horseman shall abide by administrative rules and regulations affecting the area he/she is in.
- The horseman shall recognize the fragility of the backcountry environment and practice minimum impact techniques at all times.