The highly acclaimed Brookfield
Trail System has over 130 miles of horse and snowmobile trails set throughout
three state forests (Charles Baker State Forest, Brookfield Railroad State
Forest, and Beaver Creek State Forest). These three forests collectively
provide 13,750 acres of public reforestation lands for multiple recreation
purposes. Off road trails are closed to horse
and mountain bike travel from October 31st to May 1st.
There are links below to the Dept of Environmental Conservation information about each section and printable trail maps. The trails marked in grey or yellow on the trail maps are suitable for carriage driving as well as riding.
The Charles Baker State Forest totals over 9,400 acres in southeast Madison County and makes up the core area for the Brookfield Trail System. The assembly and camping area can accommodate campers and approximately 150 horses with covered tie stalls, stallion box stalls, a pavilion, picnicking and camping facilities. Printable Trail Map for the Charles Baker State Forest section.
The Beaver Creek State Forest totals 3,484 acres and makes up the north section of the Brookfield Trail System. Campsites with full hook-ups, bathrooms, showers and 2 horse barns with box stalls are available at the nearby Madison County Fairgrounds. Contact Jeff Mayne at 899-5867 to utilize the facilities at the fairgrounds. Printable Trail Map for the Beaver Creek State Forest section.
The Brookfield Railroad State Forest totals 848 acres. The DEC website does not have much information on this beautiful section so one of our local riders provided us with more information. Take Vidler Road to trail 36 on the right, uphill and rocky for quite a way until you reach trail 36 on the left through some very nice pine forest, just lovely!!! It winds and goes over a couple wooden bridges and reaches a straight a way that is very nice for a quick trot or controlled canter and then it goes up hill, narrow trail, but can be cantered under control until it comes back out to Vidler Road where you will cross to trail 33, again a very nice trail till you reach Hibbard Road, turn right and intersect trail 34 to Vidler Road, trail 34 has some wet spots. The nicest thing about the trails off of Vidler Road is that YOU ARE ALONE!!! It is a lovely ride through some very nice pine forest. You can park at the bottom of trail 36 or you can park midway between the crossing on the left, a space that hunters have used to pull trailers in. You can also take trail 36 to Doyle Road to trail 37 to trail 38 to the Fairgrounds (a lot of road riding). Printable Trail Map for the Brookfield Railroad State Forest section.