Back in the Saddle – Horseback & Bike Riding in NJ

Springtime is a great time to hit the trails in New Jersey. Whether it’s a mare or a mountain bike, New Jersey has some of the best places for your next riding adventure. Here’s some places to gallop, gear up and get back in the saddle.

Horsing Around

Seaton Hackney Stables, Morristown 

More than 35 horses for all skill levels, private/semi-private lessons, riding events and team building experiences make this community-focused riding facility the perfect place to saddle up. Explore miles of beautiful paths at adjacent Loantaka Park during a guided trail ride. Call to reserve your spot today. Details here.

Echo Lake Stables, Newfoundland

Regarded as one of the best places for horseback riding in New Jersey. Find scenic trails, stunning horses, friendly trail guides, clean facilities and guided rides that follow the paths of ancient Indians from mountainside to streams and centuries old rock walls. Expect to be treated like family. Ask about: night rides, lessons and birthday parties.

Forest Edge Farm, Little Egg Harbor

All riding styles and levels are welcome at this full-service equestrian facility tucked away in a serene, wooded area in Ocean County on the cusp of Bass River State Forest. The spacious indoor riding arena, motivating trainers, private/semi-private lessons, training, boarding and plenty of picturesque riding trails make this one of our top picks.

Wheel Adventures

Pine Barrens River Ramble, Atlantic and Burlington Counties
The beauty of the Pinelands National Reserve is yours to explore on this relaxing 42.6-mile loop (with no hills) that journeys through pine and oak forests, along blueberry and cranberry bogs and three major rivers. The route begins at the parking area for Batsto Village. If you haven’t explored this historic area before, you may want to after your ride.
Union Transportation Trail, Monmouth County
The county’s second “rail-trail” is a hit with bikers, horseback riders, hikers and joggers alike – and for good reason. This 9-mile gravel pathway ride is calm and scenic, dotted by fields, forests, a historic wooden trestle bridge over Lahaway Creek and an overall feeling of quaint rural tranquility. 

Cape May Shoreline Ride, Cape May County

If it’s a charming seaside bike ride you crave, this 46.4-mile loop is for you! Beginning and ending at the Cape May Lighthouse parking lot, you’ll pass Victorian homes, barrier island shore communities, beaches and wetlands. Feeling really energetic? After your ride, climb the 199 steps and enjoy views from the top of the lighthouse too!

Whatever trails you choose, enjoy the ride. As always, check with your destinations before you go via social pages, websites or a phone call for the latest updates and information. For more places to get up and go this spring, explore