Wellington Equestrian Trail System- Expanding Our Horse Trails Throughout Palm Beach County
Wellington, Loxahatchee Groves, Palm Beach Gardens and beyond have some of the best horse trails in Florida.
The Jim Brandon Equestrian Center has 8 miles of horse riding trails. They are open 365 days a year and there is no charge to ride on the trails. The trails are open from sunrise to sunset. But the goal of Palm Beach County is to increase the trails over time but also to connect all the trails together. One of the goals is to offer trail rides for a fee for those who love to ride horses but don’t own horses.
Palm Beach County is an equestrian paradise with many equestrians making their home on Wellington horse farms.
Florida ranks third in equestrian economic impact on a national level. Florida, in equestrianism ranks just behind California and Texas. That is something that many people who are not involved with horses don’t know about Florida. Florida is not just a retirement state. Florida is an equestrian state with top ranking national competitions and equestrians coming from all over the world to be a part of our equestrian paradise here.
Palm Beach County has the most diverse equestrian community in the state of Florida. We have trail riding, 4-H, Polo, hunter jumpers, racing, dressage and also pony camps.
Another park in Palm Beach County that has wonderful trails is Riverbend Park which is south of Indiantown Road. The park has extensive and beautiful trails. The county is working towards making Riverbend Park a major hub of trails. This area of the county is the headwaters of the Everglades. The goal is to connect the conservation lands, the east coast corridor, the cord that goes up and down A1A, Busch wildlife, the Lake Okeechobee scenic trail and the rest of the parks.
There are currently issues to work out in regards to connectivity. It will realistically take another 10 to 20 years to get all the trails connected. The trails are also used for hiking and bicycling.
Another nice trail ride is the trails all around Lake Okeechobee. You can ride the entire circumference of the lake. Many of the trails around the rest of the parks and conservation areas go for 2 to 5 miles and then stop. But there are also nice places to park and also some ways to get around to get back on the trails by using the canal levees.
Have fun riding our awesome horse trails!