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Lawton Stables offers horseback riding in the heart of the beautiful resort island of Hilton Head, South Carolina.

Imagine meandering through the 603 lush acres of the Sea Pines Forest Preserve on our one hour long escorted Western style trail rides. Our trail rides are one of the best ways to really get a feel for the true Lowcountry in its natural setting.

We also offer pony rides for our younger visitors, and all of the family will enjoy our collection of small animals in our animal farm.

Lawton Stables is also the home of a non-profit therapeutic riding center Wish Upon a Horse and an International Riding Academy specializing in hunters and jumpers.

Please note that the Sea Pines Plantation charges a $5 cash gate fee per car and does not allow bicycles.

At Lawton, there is something for all of the family to enjoy!

Please note: Lawton Stables is a non-smoking facility.
Please supervise young children and leave your dogs at home.
Lawton Stables is open to the public every day from 8am - 5pm.

History of Lawton Stables

Sea Pines Forest Preserve, Hilton Head Island In January of 1867, Eliza Summers and Julia Benedict, both teachers in their early twenties, left New York bound for South Carolina. When they arrived on Hilton Head Island, they settled on Lawton Plantation in what is now Sea Pines Plantation.

At that time, there was the main house and 50 cabins for freed slaves. Eliza and Julia taught various skills that the freed slaves needed to lead productive and independent lives.

The plantation house doubled as a school house. The courageous ladies endured hardship, rattlesnakes, and mosquitoes during their adventure. Unfortunately, nothing of their plantation house remains, but the spirit of adventure that Eliza and Julia displayed still lives on at Lawton Stables!

Lawton Stables moved to its present position on the island in 1969, from its original position in Harbour Town. The stable was moved to make way for the newly planned Harbour Town Golf Course and now world-famous lighthouse. The new owners of Lawton Stables started a complete renovation program in January 2008.

In 2008, two new arenas were built with championship footing, the trail operations were moved, the paddocks and grounds were irrigated, and the animal farm was rebuilt and moved. 2008 also saw the arrival of Harley, a beautiful and warm-hearted Clydesdale who is of the Anheuser-Busch line of Clydesdales.

In 2009, over 200 truckloads of dirt were added to raise the pastures for the benefit of the horses, the new welcome center and hay barn was built, and the new Beresford Boarding Stable was completed in April, 2010.

2011 was the year Lawton Stables purchased land in Bluffton so that the trail horses have a place to go on 'holiday' during the off season. The trail horses are constantly rotated to the beautiful 24 acre facility in Midway Farms where they can graze in the large paddocks.

In 2012, the arenas were completely renovated to update the footing and drainage, and in 2014, the pasture for the trail horses was again raised and cleaned.

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