Horse riding on the Rail Trail

Tweed section

Horses are allowed in this area as part of a special permit-only trial. Specifically, there’s a 2.2 kilometre designated horse-riding zone, located north of Burringbar and heading towards Upper Burringbar. More details on obtaining a permit are below.

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’re 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.

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.

Richmond Valley and Lismore sections

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 Richmond Valley section (12 kms) and Lismore section (16 kms) are both horse friendly.  This is a fantastic outcome with the Northern Rivers Rail Trail set to open an additional 28 km’s that caters for horses and their riders. Richmond Valley is due to open in January 2024. Stay up to date with further Rail Trail progress and development here.

Horse riding permit

Tweed Shire Council is responsible for the operation and safety of all users on the Tweed section of the Rail Trail, including horses and their riders. 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.

To ride a horse in the designated horse-riding trial area you must first obtain a horse-riding permit from Council. During the trial phase, 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.

Once the application is received and assessed Council will issue a permit for the horse and rider until the trial period concludes in March 2024. Please note Council can revoke a permit at anytime and will do so in writing.

Expand the box below to apply for a permit online.


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