Golden Gate Park is a haven for a multitude of active pursuits, and although the park’s stables are no longer in operation, horse lovers can bring their trusty companions to enjoy miles of Bridle Paths. Early maps labeled the segmented trails ‘Bridle Paths,’ which are found throughout the park – including the western edge and 19th Avenue near the Breon Gate. You can also travel along the paths between Lincoln Way outside the park and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive inside the park.
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The secluded wooded areas of the bridle paths make the ideal getaway, and are especially welcoming for horse owners. Surrounded by vibrantly-colored trees and the pleasantness of a sunny San Francisco day, horseback riders can experience trail-riding on well-maintained paths – one of which that leads all the way to Ocean Beach.
Walkers can also enjoy the paths, including one located near Lincoln Way and 25th Avenue.
With wooded avenues to explore, seek out the Bercut Equitation Ring, located near the Chain of Lakes, is a popular place in the park to run horses around in a circle. The fenced-in ring comprised of dry dirt is found just west of Chain of Lakes Drive. You do not need a permit to bring horses into Golden Gate Park or ride on the designated bridle paths.
You may choose to enter the South Bridal Path at Sunset Boulevard. Paths stretch between Lincoln Way outside the park and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive inside the park.