Willow Tree Stables is a ranch and a full-service boarding and equestrian educational facility nestled in the western…More end of Novato. Trained professionals instruct eager pupils on a wide range of lessons from day camps to specialized classes on riding and vaulting. It is located at the end of Vineyard Road, past the neighborhoods known as Wildhorse Valley and Verissimo Valle.
As a bonus, Willow Tree Stables is available for birthday parties and special events. It also offers individuals interested in owning a horse the opportunity to sponsor an animal to determine if the match is compatible, guaranteeing a set number of riding hours a week, as well as participating in the care and health of the animal.
Morning Star Farm 885 Sutro Ave, Novato, CA94947 In the San Marin area of northern Novato, Morning Star Farm offers a variety of equestrian services including riding…More instruction for all ages, horse boarding, horse training, summer day camps and birthday parties. Instruction is given at the facility at the junction of Novato Boulevard and Sutro Avenue, and rides sometimes go onto the trails of adjacent O'Hair Park. Classes in vaulting -- gymnastics on horseback -- are popular with kids and teens. Morning Star, just across Novato Boulevard from San Marin High School, is located on city-owned property and eased by the farm operators.
At 98 acres, O'Hair Park is the largest owned by the city of Novato, but it's also the least developed. It is…More situated at the junction of Novato Boulevard and Sutro Avenue in the northwest corner of the city -- basically where suburban civilization and rural West Marin meet. From the intersection it runs west all the way to Stafford Lake County Park and south to the backyards of homes on Michelle Circle, Trish Drive and Daryl Avenue.
The park is open space, wild vegetation and dirt trails other than the leased-out Morning Star Farm equestrian center at Novato/Sutro intersection and the Dogbone Meadow dog park a half mile west. The Rueben Kaelher Trail, which runs east-west through the park, is popular with residents and horseback riders because of the proximity to Morning Star and the San Marin/Pleasant Valley neighborhoods. Novato Creek also runs east-west through the park and attracts all sorts of wildlife.
Another trail leads to the south, up part of Little Mountain (the highest point in the park at more than 900 feet) and into the Verissimo Valle hills, Indian Tree Open Space and up to the Bay Ridge Trail. Along with nearby Mount Burdell and its trails, these O'Hair Park trails are prime sources of recreation in North Novato.
Parking is along Sutro just south of Morning Star Farm and San Marin High School. Other trails start near Dogbone Meadow and at the west end of Center Road.