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Horse riding on the trails of the Sea Pines Forest Preserve

Trail Ride in the Sea Pines Forest Preserve

TRAIL RIDES leave at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. seven days a week. Reservations are required.

Our one-hour guided western-style trail rides are on gentle horses and are for adults and children at least eight years old.

The ride takes you into the 603 acre Sea Pines Forest Preserve where you will experience a true feel of the untouched Lowcountry on horseback.

Trails wind at a leisurely pace beneath a canopy of Palmettos and moss covered oaks and is suitable even for novice riders.

Depending on the time of your visit, you might be able to enjoy the spectacular wild flower meadow in full bloom by Lake Thomas, or herons nesting by the thousands on the shores.

The wildlife in the Preserve is renowned and you will probably pass alligators basking in the fishing lakes or sunning themselves on the banks. Ornothologists come from all around to view the birdlife in and around Lakes Mary, Thomas and Joe.

Our friendly guides keep an eye on the horses as they give insight into Island culture and wildlife and try to answer the many questions you will no doubt have. The pace on the ride is kept at a walk so that riders of all abilities can settle in comfortably and take in the beautiful, tranquil surroundings.

Make this one of your "must do's" during your stay with us on Hilton Head Island.

History of the Sea Pines Forest Preserve The Preserve was formally opened June 1, 1971.

Charles and Joseph Fraser of the Sea Pines Founding Family filed legal covenants in 1970 dedicating the 606 acres in the Preserve as a Wildlife Habitat and Outdoor recreation facility.

It was specifically created so that we might all enjoy and appreciate the varied bounty of our very special natural environment.

The Forest is one of Hilton Head's finest assets. Many visitors consider a visit to the Preserve the highlight of their visit here as it offers an insight into the value of land left in its natural state for thousands of visitors to enjoy.

Within the Preserve, there is a Shell Ring made by Indian Moundbuilders 4000 years ago built about the same time as the Pyramids! Locals used to say that the Ring had some religious significance, but scholars say that the Ring was created around a campsite and old oyster shells form its base. Ancient artifacts have also been found there to give the historians an insight into the Indians daily life.

Over 200 species of birds have been spotted in the Preserve and the area has been recognized as an "Important Bird Area" by the National Audubon Society.

It provides an oasis of valuable natural habitats in an otherwise heavily developed coastal island. It is also home to our island alligators residing in the beautiful Lakes Mary, Thomas, and Joe.

The Hilton Head Whitetail Deer population is very prolific in the Preserve, although rarely spotted during daylight hours. The "Forest" describes the varieties of tree and plants in the Preserve including the Pine Woods, Live Oak Forest, Fresh Water Marsh, and the endless varieties of Grass.

We are pleased to offer our hour long trail rides through this wonderful facility so that you can enjoy all that you can enjoy all that it has to offer by the best possible form of transport... Lawton trail horses!

Trail Ride rules and safety information

  • We are not allowed to take children under 8 years old.
  • There is no 'double-riding' with two people sharing a horse.
  • For the consideration of the horses, there is a 240 lb limit; we apologize but there can be no exceptions.
  • Please wear loose fitting clothing and no flip-flops, sandals or Crocs.
  • Riders will be asked to arrive 30 minutes before the ride starts.
  • During the High Season, trail rides leave daily at 7:30 AM, 9:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM, and 5:00 PM.  Please call for reservations.
  • During the fall, prior to Daylight Savings and then again during Thanksgiving, rides leave daily at 9 am, 11 am, 2 pm and 4 pm.
  • During the Christmas/New Year holiday, rides leave daily at 9 am, 11 am, 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm.  We are closed Christmas Day, and do not operate the 3:30 ride on December 24th.
  • We are open every day except Christmas Day.
  • Reservations are required - please call our office on 843.671.2586 to make your reservation.
  • The Regular Season rate is $60 per person.  
  • The High Season rate is $65 per person. High Season is the Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter holiday periods, and Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.
  • Please note that we are located within Sea Pines Plantation; there is a daily rate of $6.00 per car to enter the Plantation (to be paid at the entry gate to Sea Pines). Unfortunately, we are unable to waive this charge. Sea Pines does not allow motorbikes, RVs or bicycles into the Plantation.

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