Horse riding on the Rail Trail

To ride a horse on the Rail Trail you must first obtain a horse-riding permit. The requirement for a horse permit helps us to gauge interest and usage amongst the equine community, understand types, sizes and number of horses using the trail, assist with compliance, insurance and contact information should there be any incidents of concern during this time. See below for more information regarding where you can ride a horse on the different section of the Rail Trail. 


Tweed section

The 2.2 km designated horse-riding zone on the Tweed section is located north of Burringbar and heading towards Upper Burringbar. This 2.2 km section features a mix of terrain, with half of it compacted gravel and the other half sealed asphalt. You’ll find signs along the rail trail that clearly mark the start and end of this horse-riding zone. Please exercise caution and give way to horses if you are a bike rider. Both horse riders and bike riders must give way to pedestrians, ensuring a pleasant experience for everyone. The Rail Trail is a Road Related Area under the Roads Act and all the same rules apply as they would on a public road.

Richmond Valley section

Discover the horse-friendly delights of the Richmond Valley section on the Rail Trail, spanning 13.4 km from Casino to Bentley. The Richmond Valley section features a newly established bridle pathway running parallel to the main trail, allowing horse riders a set path through some of the area’s most beautiful landscapes.

There are shared sections of the Rail Trail where horses, cyclists and pedestrians will come together. Bikes must give way to horses, and horses and bikes must give way to pedestrians at all times. On these shared sections, we ask that any droppings are picked up.

Lismore section

More great news for horse riders! While the Tweed section has some constraints and risks that prevent horses on the entirety of the Rail Trail, the upcoming Lismore section (16 kms) will also be horse friendly and connect to the current Richmond Valley section.  This is a fantastic outcome with the Northern Rivers Rail Trail set to open an additional 29.4 km’s that caters for horses and their riders by the end of 2024.

Horse riding permits

The Northern Rivers Rail Trail is a shared-use recreational trail that is available for the public to use and a permit does not guarantee exclusive use. Please expand the box below to apply for a permit online.

Any commercial horse-riding tours or activities (where a business or organisation charges money or obtains another benefit from supplying goods and services) or organised events on the Rail Trail require separate additional approval. See our Connect Program for more information.


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