Three bridle trails are available in Shannon National Park and they all start from the Shannon Horse Camp. They vary in length from 7 to 20km and can be combined to make a longer ride. All three trails pass through jarrah and karri forest and the wildflowers in spring are spectacular.
Saddlebags Trail – Moderate. Length 20km (blue horseshoe symbols). This trail follows the same route as the Cowbells Loop before continuing along Jeffrey Road. Along the Westcliffe fireline, you’ll pass through a variety of vegetation types including karri forest, low lying swampy heathland and jarrah and marri forest.
Check out Showpony Circuit and Cowbells Loop which also rides through the Shannon National Park.
Former residents of the Shannon Mill town can remember the great excitement of seeing the drovers and their cattle pass through this area. They recall the rattle of the timbers as the cattle crossed the bridge over the Shannon River. Sometimes the drovers would let the town children ride their horses for a short distance. Then, the children would follow them up the road, walking behind the cattle. Today, you can explore the forest along three shorter trails.
Camping and day entry fees apply and can be paid at the Shannon Horse Camp