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The mission of the Friends of the Wissahickon is to preserve the natural beauty and wildness of the Wissahickon Valley and stimulate public interest therein.

Horseback Riding

There are three public stables in the Wissahickon where horses can be boarded and arrangements made to take lessons:

  • Courtesy Stables, located at 901 East Cathedral Road in Roxborough, has capacity for 12 horses and offers lessons for all levels--children and adults. Call 215-482-8108 or visit www.courtesystable.org.
  • Monastery Stables, located at the end of Kitchen's Lane in West Mount Airy, has capacity for 21 horses and offers horsemanship programs and lessons for all levels--children and adults. Call 215-848-4088. People who don't own a horse can ride by joining the Philadelphia Saddle Club, which boards its horses at this stable. Call 215-233-0341 for details. www.monasterystables.org.
  • Northwestern Equestrian Facility, located on Northwestern Avenue near Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill, has capacity for 40 horses and offers lessons for all levels--children and adults. Call 215-685-9286. Visit www.northwesternstables.com.

Philadelphia's Department of Parks and Recreation requires that equestrians using the upper trails secure a trail permit. To obtain a permit, call  215-683-0200 or visit http://www.fairmountpark.org/, where you can download a copy of the Trail User Permit application and familiarize yourself with the list of trail use regulations.

A trail map and a list of trail use regulations will be provided with the trail permit. The FOW also publishes a detailed map illustrating the trails that are designated for equestrians.

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