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Giddy Up and Tour the Island on Horseback

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One of my favorite ways to explore one of the most beautiful spots on the Island is on a trusty steed.  And the staff at Lawton Stables has a stable full of reliable partners for your adventure.

Trail rides at Lawton Stables take you by a number of the lakes in the Forest Preserve

Whether a beginner or an experienced rider, upon your arrival, the folks at Lawton Stables will choose from one of their 45 trail horses to get you on the best suited equine for your trip.  Some fan favorites include:

  • If you’re looking for a little more adventure and want a faster trip, Rabbit is a go to for you.
  • If you’re new to horseback riding, Mr. Ed is a good bet…he keeps to a slow and steady pace.
  • Have younger ones in your party?  Casey is a great match for kids.
  • Shop in the Big & Tall section?  Petunia, one of the larger horses, can handle the extra challenge.

Once saddled up, you’ll depart the stables on a one hour trail ride that will take you through the Sea Pines Forest Preserve, 605 acres of untouched, pristine Lowcountry landscape.  On your ride, you will pass by some of the fresh water lakes that are home to alligators and an array of over 100 species of birds that call the Preserve home.  You’ll venture through the vanishing swamp under the oak tree cover draped with majestic Spanish moss.  And, you’ll gallop by the acres of native flora in bloom in the wildflower meadow (at its most beautiful in the spring time).  This setting makes for a quiet and tranquil ride.

A few tips before setting off on your horseback adventure:

  • Participants must be 8 years of age or older
  • There is a 240 pound weight limit
  • Closed-toe shoes are required
  • Long pants are not required but are strongly recommended
  • Plan ahead and schedule your trip at least 24 hours in advance
  • Arrive early (you will have some paperwork to fill out before departing)
  • You are allowed to bring a camera on the ride
  • If you are not staying in The Sea Pines Resort, you will have to pay a $5 fee at the security gate

The Stables' resident deer, Callie

Have a rider that is under the age of 8?  No problem!  Lawton Stables offers pony rides for children weighing 55 pounds or less.  And, don’t miss the Small Animal Farm on property, housing everything from goats and donkeys to pigs and chickens and even a resident deer, Callie.

Not comfortable touring the Preserve by horse?  There are other ways to enjoy one of the Island’s most serene settings.  Wetland boardwalks, observation decks, bridges and fishing docks and walking trails (ranging from 1 to 2 miles) are all available to experience this natural setting.   They even created Fish Island Trail to allow cars to drive to the fresh water lakes located centrally in the Preserve.  Looking for a guided tour?  Check out the boat, walking, fishing and wagon tours all available in the Preserve.

For more information on all of the activities available at Lawton Stables, click here.

For more information on the Sea Pines Forest Preserve, click here.

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About Lindsey Harrell

Although you wouldn’t know by the lack of a southern accent, Lindsey Harrell was born right here in the beautiful Lowcountry. After spending most of her childhood in the suburbs of DC, Lindsey returned to Island life after graduating from The College of William & Mary. Since receiving her degree in Business Marketing she has spent time in the local advertising industry and now serves as the Vice President of Operations for the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance, the Island’s second largest outdoor event. In her spare time, Lindsey and her husband, Wade, a Physical Therapy student at the Medical University of South Carolina, look for as many adventures as possible whether it be zip lining on their honeymoon in Costa Rica amongst the monkeys and toucans, a day at the beach with their two dogs, Winston and Charlie, or spending an afternoon horseback riding right here in their back yard.