In the summer of 2019, Willamalane started working with a group of local equestrian enthusiasts to identify how the district could offer riding opportunities at Willamalane parks. Many park districts across the country have successfully integrated equestrian use on trails and open spaces. Willamalane has researched these examples and will be experimenting with several best practices to create a pilot project at the Georgia Pacific Natural Area.
Using our existing Middle Fork Path system, Willamalane is testing a shared-use section of the path between Clearwater Park and Georgia Pacific Natural Area that can facilitate equestrians to safely enjoying this space. This pilot will run from May 25 to September 7, 2020. If you'd like to share your opinion on this pilot, please do so by filling out the survey. In addition, to ensure the safety of everyone on our paths and trails, please look at the safety information below.
SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS
Share the Trail
When meeting other trail users, remember to stop, speak, and smile. Hikers, bikers, and horses share trails successfully in many areas of the state and country using the simple: Stop, speak, and smile etiquette.
Below is a video from Oregon Equestrian Trails about safe and proper trail etiquette when meeting other trail users in public trails.
Before You Ride
There is a designated parking area for equestrian visitors with trailers located across from the Middle Fork Path Trailhead. The gravel parking area can accommodate approximately four trucks with trailers. Please follow signage and park within the designated area.