Hilton Head Horseback Riding, A New And Refreshing Activity

Hilton Head Horse

Are you tired of the same old vacation activities?

Hilton Head horseback riding is a unique and memorable pastime worth considering that is fun for the whole family.

Having done horseback riding on Hilton Head quite a few times over the years, my family and I have found it to be one of those Hilton Head activities that is quite distinctive.

With guided tours offered on some of the island’s most tranquil trails, novice riders like me can enjoy Hilton Head’s beautiful and natural surroundings like it's never been seen before……up close!

From alligators sunning on the outer banks of lakes to birds perched in the tall Palmetto trees, I was amazed by what my family and I saw.

Where can I do Hilton Head horseback riding?

If you want to explore Hilton Head Island on horseback, look no further than Lawton Stables.

Lawton Stables, a Sea Pines Resort Equestrian, is one of the most recognized full service equestrian centers for Hilton Head vacationers.

With over 30 years of experience, the team at Lawton Stables offers guided trail rides for all ages. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced rider, there's something for everyone at this stable.

Located in the heart of Sea Pines Resort, Lawton Stables offer their guest’s Western style trail rides through the 600+ acres of the Sea Pines Nature Preserve.

It's the perfect place to explore the beauty of Hilton Head. All trails are well-maintained and lead through lush green forests and alongside serene lagoons.

Hilton Head Horseback Riding at Lawton Stables

The tour guides are well verse in the island’s wildlife and culture as they take you through the preserve’s trails….so ask as may questions as you like.

The rides are one hour long and begin at 9:00 am daily.  No experience is necessary to enjoy a ride at Lawton Stables. The knowledgeable and friendly staff will provide you with everything you need to have a safe and enjoyable ride.

Lawton Stables also offer pony rides for kids aged 7 and under as well as a small animal farm with a collection of goats, rabbits, alpacas and pot-bellied pigs to name a few.

This is a great to make your little ones not feel left out.

Lawton Stables is one of my favorite places to go because it feels like home with its friendly atmosphere and knowledgeable staff. I hope that if you ever find yourself in this part of South Carolina, you'll stop by and give these amazing horses a try!

Lawton Stables At A Glance


190 Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

Inside Sea Pines Resort

Phone: (843) 671-2586

Pony Rides

Hours: 9 AM to 4 PM

Reservations: No

Restrictions: Minimum 7 years old to 18 months. Weight 65 lbs or less.

Schedule: Daily 9 AM to 4 PM.

Pricing: $15.00 per child for 2 laps around animal farm.

Trail Rides

Hours: 9 AM to 5 PM

Reservations: Yes

Restrictions: Minimum 8 years old. Weight 240 lbs or less. No double riding. No flip-flops. I would recommend long pants.

Trail rides Schedule: 

Summer: Daily at 9AM, 11AM, 3PM and 5PM. Sundays closed.

Spring & Fall:  Daily at 9AM, 11AM, 2PM and 4PM. 

Winter: Daily at 9AM, 11AM, 2PM and 4PM for weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years.

Pricing: Individual Trail Ride $75.00 per person.

Can you Do Hilton Head Horseback Riding On The Beach?

So you're dreaming about horseback riding on the beach.  Well I'm here to say that the Haig Point Equestrian Club can make your dreams come true!

In fact, it’s one of the very few equestrians that allow Hilton Head horseback riding on the beach as part of their Bloody Point beach trail ride.

Located on Daufuskie Island in the exclusive gated community of Haig Point, the Equestrian is a full-service facility that offers trail rides for beginners and experienced riders alike.  And if you're worried about getting to Daufuskie Island......don't be.  It's one the closest locations for horseback riding on the beach near Hilton Head.

Horseback Riding at Haig Point Equestrian Center

Round trip ferry rides leave Hilton Head Island daily, so getting there is a snap!

Once you get off the ferry, you'll realize that this location screams horse country. 

With no cars and most roads that are mainly unpaved, you feel as if you stepped back into an era of simpler times.  

Your adventure begins at Melrose Stables with a variety of horseback riding tours they commonly refer to as the "Daufuskie Trail Rides". 

The horseback riding trails wind through the community's lush, maritime forests and pristine beaches as you take in panoramic views of Calibogue Sound and Hilton Head Island.

There are several different trails to choose from and each provide its own unique experience. 

Ocean Front Rides between March 15th and Oct 16th - Considered the High Season for protection of nesting sea turtles, this tour offers horseback riding  along the sandy dunes, providing amazing view of the Atlantic Ocean.  

Beach Front Rides between Oct 17th and Mar 14th - One of the most rewarding and special experiences in life, a horse ride on Daufuskie Island's pristine white sand beaches!

Evening Horseback Riding - The beauty of Daufuskie is like no other place on earth. You can enjoy it during an afternoon or evening ride with experienced guides, taking you along the beach filled with soft sand.

Historical Rides -  See the island of Daufuskie in a whole new way! An unforgettable, one-of-a kind experience. You'll explore historic sites like The First African Baptist Schoolhouse where Pat Conroy taught and many more along this picturesque route that is sure to  not only capture your imagination but also transport you back into times long past.

It’s no surprise that horseback riding on the beach is one of Hilton Head's most popular activities.  So if you are looking for fun, take the reins and saddle up! Its an unforgettable activity that can be enjoyed by people of all ages.

Haig Point Equestrian Club At A Glance


Embarkation: 10 Haig Point Circle, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

Phone: (843) 384-4510

Trail Rides

Reservations: Yes

Restrictions: Minimum 10 years old. Helmets and closed toe shoes.


Ocean Front Rides: $125 / 1 Hour

Beach Front Rides: $150 / 1.5 Hours

Evening Rides: $250 / Person

Final Thoughts

If you are looking for an activity to do with your family, friends or significant other that will get the adrenaline pumping and leave you feeling refreshed, then horseback riding is perfect. The island has some great equestrian trails for those who want to enjoy the serenity of nature on horseback as well as other outdoor activities such as hiking or biking. The sights of Hilton Head Island come alive in a whole new way when seen from atop these magnificent animals! 

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