11100 SW 16th Ave Ocala, FL 34476
Horseback Riding Tours
Cactus Jacks Trail Rides offers guided equestrian horseback riding tours in Ocala Florida along the Cross Florida Greenway’s shaded trails, including horseback riding tours along the Landbridge starting from the Landbridge Trailhead. Portions of all proceeds goes back to the Florida Parks Cross Florida Greenway and to the upkeep of the Greenway Trails.
The Cross Florida Greenway’s Landbridge Trailhead is the primary trailhead developed and located to provide access to the “First of Its Kind in the U.S.” I-75 Landbridge. The structure, which is 52 feet wide by 200 feet long, follows a natural ridge over 100 feet in elevation to minimize ecological damage. The planters on both sides of the bridge are vegetated with plants native to the surrounding area. The walls were built from local fieldstone.
Located on the bridge, wildlife cameras–monitored by Greenway staff–have captured photos of numerous crossings of the bridge by bobcats, coyote, wild turkey and even Florida black bears.
The trailhead is located approximately 1.4 miles east of the Landbridge off of County Road 475A and is accessible from I-75 from the County Road 484 exit. Facilities include restrooms with potable water, a beautiful shaded picnic area along with equine, hiking and natural surface bike trails. The landbridge trailhead is just 1 of 40 trailheads a part Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway.
Guided Horse Riding Tour
Crossing Central Florida from the Gulf of Mexico to the St. Johns River is the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway which occupies much of the land formerly known as the Cross Florida Ship and later Barge Canal projects. A series of historic events transformed this corridor from one of the nation’s largest uncompleted public works project to a world class greenway.
Today, this 110-mile corridor encompasses diverse natural habitats for observing Florida’s native flora and fauna and offers a wide variety of trails and recreation areas. With hiking, biking, equestrian and paddling trails, boat ramps, fishing spots, campgrounds, a barrier-free Boundless Playground® and picnic shelters, the Cross Florida Greenway offers recreational opportunities for all interests and ages.
Guided Horse Tour Directions
FROM THE NORTH: From I-75 take exit #341 towards Belleview. Turn left at the bottom of the ramp. Go to the first traffic light-475A. Turn left at that light and travel approximately 2 miles to the Landbridge Trail Head on your left. Turn into the Greenway Landbridge Trail Head and follow the road around to the right.
FROM THE SOUTH: From I-75 take exit #341 towards Belleview. Turn right at the bottom of the ramp. Go to the first traffic light and turn left (at the Crackle Barrel). Travel approximately 2 miles to the Landbridge trail head on your left. Follow the road around to your right.
Horse Tour Restrictions
- Age restrictions: 6 years old or older
- Helmets: 17 years old or younger MUST wear a helmet. 18 years or older will be your choice. We supply the helmets.
- Riding Experience: Is not necessary, all is welcome
- Weight restrictions: 360 lbs
- Health: Good health, free of neck and back injuries, cannot be pregnant. No Oxygen Tanks
- Attire: Long pants preferred but not necessary and closed-toe shoes are a must.
- No Sandal’s or Flip-flops
- No Riding doubles
- We welcome single riders and group riders.
- We use Australian Trail Saddles and Western Saddles
- Everyone must use a loading block no matter the experience level.