Beach Use Permits – Horseback Riding
Mickler's Landing Beachfront Park will close Monday through Friday, beginning November 1, 2021 for dune enhancement construction project. Deadline for completion is June 30, 2022.
Horseback Riding on County Beaches
St. Johns County offers horseback riding on approximately 30 miles of our 41.1 miles of coastline. The County is responsible for implementing and abiding by a Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) and Incidental Take Permit (ITP) through the US Fish and Wildlife Service. A special permit (follow steps below) is required to ride horses on St. Johns County beaches. Permits are free of charge.
Getting Your Permit
|6 Steps to Your Beach Horseback Riding Permit|
|1. Watch||Watch the Protected Species Training slideshow.|
|2. Quiz||Complete Quiz.
Please save quiz to your pc or mobile device to complete.
|3. Choose||Choose your permit level. See Permit Levels.|
|4. Complete||Complete and sign application.
Please save application to your pc or mobile device to complete.
|5. Submit||Email email@example.com, Fax (904) 209-0620, drop off, or mail completed quiz, application, and any required credentials:
On Mobile Devices, you may screenshot your quiz results and text to firstname.lastname@example.org.
|6. Receive Permit||It may take up to two weeks to process your permit.
Please review Planning your Ride.
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Master Beach Equestrian Guide
- An individual with extensive riding experience on St. Johns County beaches and intends to ride regularly and frequently.
- Must complete Protected Species Training. Must provide no less than three letters of written recommendations from Master Equestrian Beach Guides, or written recommendations by the St. Johns County Horse Council, proof of membership to local riding club (if any), and/or some other proof of extensive riding experience on St. Johns County beaches.
- Allows permit holder to lead up to 10 individuals by horseback; permit is valid through 2027.
General Beach Equestrian Guide – Class I
- An individual intending to ride on St. Johns County beaches regularly and frequently but experience does not warrant a Master Beach Equestrian Guide Permit.
- Must complete Protected Species Training and sign completed application
- Allows permit holder to lead up to 10 individuals by horseback; permit is valid for 5 years from training date.
General Beach Equestrian Day Pass – Class II
- An individual desiring a one-time or infrequent horseback ride on the beach.
- May obtain necessary education and credentials from a Master Beach Equestrian Guide or through online training.
Mickler’s Landing Access
Please Note: Beginning November 1, 2021, Mickler's Landing Beachfront Park will be closed Monday through Friday.
- November 1 – April 14
Ride 7 days a week. No time restriction.
- April 15 – April 30
Monday-Friday: No time restriction.
Saturday, Sundays & Federal Holidays: Ride before 9am & after 5pm (tides permitting).
- May 1 – September 15
Saturday, Sundays & Federal Holidays: Ride between 8am-9am or 5pm-7:30pm (tides permitting).
- September 16 – October 31
Ride 7 days a week, 8am-7:30pm
Surfside Park Access
- May 1 – October 31
- November 1 – April 30
Ride 7 days a week. No time restriction
Frank Butler Park East 5860 A1A S. / Overflow Parking at 5780 Gloria Avenue
- Open for Rides: November 1, 2020 to March 5, 2021 (Designated Spring Break).
- Closed for Rides: March 6, 2021 (Designated Spring Break) to October 31, 2021.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Cost. Permits are free of charge.
- Clean Up. There are no regulations that require you to clean up horse waste. Please be considerate though, and treat our beaches and parking lots the same way you would your own barn.
- Want to know where to ride? Get our Map of beach access points and riding beaches.
- Tides. Please begin your ride 1-2 hours prior to a low tide event and conduct your horses below the most recent high tide line. Tide Predictions Page
- For more information about horseback riding in St. Johns County, please visit the St. Johns County Horse Council website.
For more information, please contact: Jade O'Neill, (904) 209-0619.