Horse riding management in parks

Horse riding is allowed in some national parks. We manage this to make sure recreational opportunities are balanced with the protection of park values.

Proposed Horse Riding in Wilderness Amendments (2018) to Plans of Management
Far South Coast Escarpment Parks, Kosciuszko National Park and Mummel Gulf National Park and State Conservation Area

Based on outcomes of the wilderness horse riding trial, amendments have been proposed to allow horse riding in wilderness areas.

The proposed amendments are now available for public comment.

Submissions close 7 August 2018.

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Horse riding in Murrumbidgee Valley National ParkHorse riding is a healthy recreational activity which can raise awareness, appreciation and understanding of the natural and cultural values of national parks.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service aims to provide a range of appropriate opportunities for horse riding. There are currently over 100 national parks across New South Wales where people can enjoy horse riding.

The Strategic Directions for Horse Riding in NSW National Parks was developed in 2012 to provide guidance for the process of increasing horse riding access to parks where this activity is suitable.

The strategy also provides guidance for the protection of park values and the safety of visitors to national parks in which horse riding occurs.

We have also developed the Code of Practice for Horse Riding in Parks, which outlines practical guidance to minimise the impacts of horse riding on the natural and cultural values of parks. This includes ensuring horse riding occurs in appropriate locations, primarily on established management trails.

Wilderness horse riding trial

One of the recommendations in the Strategic Directions for Horse Riding in NSW National Parks was to establish a trial program for horse riding in wilderness areas.

Recreational horse riding was trialled in 4 national parks between April 2014 and April 2016. The pilot program provided an important opportunity to test whether horse riding is appropriate in wilderness areas.