Sporting three arenas and a calendar full of horse shows and organized rides, Bridle Trails caters primarily to equines and friends, but the park is also friendly to hikers, including those with leashed dogs. In addition to horse-related events, Bridle Trails hosts a plethora of arts, stewardship and educational programs, evening musical shows and the Bridle Trails’ Foundation’s annual community party. This accessible urban oasis spells fun for the whole family, including family members with four legs and a tail.
Bridle Trails State Park is a 482-acre day-use park with 28 miles of trails that welcomes equestrians, hikers and visitors. It does not offer bike trails or camping. The park is known as one of the top equestrian parks west of the Mississippi; it does not, however, offer horse rentals.
Please note: Staff at Bridle Trails State Park remind you that dogs are welcome in state parks if they are on leash and under control at all times. We want to provide safety, comfort and enjoyment for all visitors and ensure the protection of wildlife and natural resources in the park. Please keep your dog on leash, and pick up after your pet.
The lands now comprising the park were among 640 acres reserved as School Grant patent land under the 1853 Organic Act of Washington Territory. 482 acres of these lands remain in public ownership today.
Initial park development dates to 1933 when Civil Works Administration employees and federal relief workers were employed in state parks as part of the New Deal program. Work included burning logging debris, clearing brush and building trails and fences.
Local advocacy led to the establishment of Bridle Trails as a state park in 1932. In 1945, park proponents organized the Lake Washington Saddle Club. For many years the group actively helped manage the park and partnered with the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission to develop and construct new facilities.