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.