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Your Group Can Enjoy a Guided Trail Ride through Union County’s Watchung Reservation

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Did you know that your group or organization can reserve a trail ride on horseback in the Watchung Reservation? Union County’s Watchung Stable invites birthday parties, scout groups, youth groups, block associations and all other groups to consider trying this unique recreational opportunity.

“Horseback riding in the Watchung Reservation is a real treat,” said Freeholder Chairman Linda Carter. “What better way to experience nature as well as get a little exercise than on a horse in Union County’s own beautiful forest? Bishop, Brutus and Happy are some of the horses just waiting to take you for a leisurely walk.”

You can call now to book a special private ride for groups of up to 15 people who are nine years of age and older. These rides need to be set up in advance at a mutually convenient time, on weekdays and weekends. The cost of a one-hour ride is the horse rental fee (Union County residents $32; out-of- county riders $45 per person) and an additional single fee of $32 for one of the Stable’s riding instructors to accompany you. Public trail rides are also offered on Saturdays at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 and 3:00 p.m., first-come first-served.

For younger riders under nine years old, Watchung Stable also offers lead lines on Sundays from 9:00 to 10:45 a.m. Lead lines are also available on Saturday afternoons and during the week (weather permitting) and are accommodated on a first-come first-served basis. The cost for a half-hour lead line is $18 for Union County residents and $26 for out-of-county riders.

Trail rides and lead lines are held at Watchung Stable, located at 1160 Summit Lane in Mountainside. Office hours are 9:00 a.m. – noon and 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

For further information, call (908) 789-3665 during the normal office hours or email questions