MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Spring is on its way, and Union County’s Watchung Stable is offering guided trail rides on Sunday’s for everyone 9 years of age or older starting April 5, 2014.

“Horseback riding in the Watchung Reservation is a real treat,” said Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski, liaison to the Union County Department of Parks and Recreation

The public trail rides are held on Saturdays at 1:00pm and 2:00pm and Sundays at 2:00pm and 3:00pm, weather permitting.  Groups of fifteen or more people ride through the bridle trails on part of the 2,000 acre Reservation in Mountainside.  The rides are on a first come first served basis and are available to anyone with or without experience.

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The Watchung Stable also features special private group rides for individuals or groups up to 15 people.  These rides need to be set up in advance at a mutually convenient time and can be held on weekdays or weekends.  The cost of the private rides are the rental fee, (In county $32.00 and Out of County $45.00) and an additional $32.00 for the instructor.

For those younger riders under nine, Watchung Stables offers lead line’s on Sundays from 9:00am to 10:45am. Lead lines are also held during the week if the weather permits and are held on a first come first served basis.

The cost for a lead line is $18.00 for In County Residents and $26.00 for Non-Union County Residents.  Leadlines are ½ hour rides only.

The trail rides and lead lines are held at Watchung Stable, which is located at 1160 Summit Lane in Mountainside. Office hours are 9:00 a.m. – noon and 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. daily.

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