The public trail rides are held Saturdays at 1 and 2 p.m. and Sundays at 2 and 3 p.m. weather permitting. Groups of 15 or more people ride on the bridle trails in part of the wooded 2,000-acre Watchung Reservation in Mountainside. The rides are on a first come, first served basis and are available to anyone with or without experience. The cost of a trail ride is $32 for Union County residents and $45 for out-of-county riders.
Watchung Stable also features special private group rides for individuals or groups of up to 15 people. These rides need to be arranged in advance at a mutually convenient time and can be held on weekdays or weekends. The cost of the private rides is the rental fee and an additional $32 for the instructor.
For younger riders under nine years old, Watchung Stable offers lead lines on Sundays from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Lead lines also are 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 for Union County residents and $26 for out-of-county riders. Lead lines are half-hour rides only.
Watchung Stable is located at 1160 Summit Lane in Mountainside and is a service of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Office hours are 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. daily. For more information, call 908-789-3665 during the normal office hours or email firstname.lastname@example.org.