How to Set Up a Hayride

Take a break from the city and treat your friends and family to some good old-fashioned fun.

You will need

  • A route through fields and woods
  • A pickup truck
  • or tractor with trailer
  • Firewood
  • Marshmallows
  • Hot dogs
  • 1 to 2 dozen bales of hay
  • A clear night
  • Friends and family
  • Snacks (optional)
  • Blankets (optional)

Step 1 Find a trail Find a suitable route, like a dirt road with little to no traffic, or a drivable trail through wooded areas and fields. The route should be long enough to drive 5 to 10 miles per hour for half an hour or more.

Step 2 Get a tractor Get a vehicle for the ride. It should have the capacity for several bales of hay and be able navigate the trail. A pickup truck will work, but a tractor with an open top trailer is best.

Step 3 Test the trail Designate a driver. Have them drive the route beforehand to make sure the trailer can handle the bumps and curves.

Step 4 Set up the campfire Set up a spot around the midpoint to light a campfire and roast marshmallows or hot dogs.

Step 5 Load the hay Cover the bottom of the truck bed or trailer with a layer of hay bales. Place another layer of bales lengthwise down the center, forming a bench in the middle of the bed or trailer.

Step 6 Drive the trail Gather your friends and family on a clear night at the start of the route. When they’re situated comfortably, ease down the trail and soak up the tranquility of a peaceful hayride.