Fant's Grove (35.0 miles)
Pickens Ranger District
Croft State Natural Area
North Carolina (Tryon)
Foothills Equestrian Nature Center (FENCE) (3.0 miles)
Long Cane Ranger District
Hitchcock Woods (65.0 miles of intermixed trails)
Enoree Ranger District
Cheraw State Park
Sand Hills State Forest
Enoree Ranger District
Anne Springs Close Greenway Horse (14.5 miles)
Historic Brattonsville (On the 3rd Saturday of the month).
Kings Mountain State Park
Kings Mountain Horse (20 miles)
Lakeview Plantation (60 miles of trails)
Francis Marion National Forest
Mullet Hall Equestrian Center (20 plus miles of trails)
Lee State Natural Area Horse (6.0 miles)
Manchester State Forest
Poinsett State Park
There are over 120 miles of publicly accessible horseback riding trails in South Carolina and more private horseback areas than you can count. In other words, this is a fine state for those of us who enjoy trailblazing down equine pathways.
Our trails are diverse not only in their landscape, but also in their management. Federal, state, and private non-profit organizations all provide equestrian trails; some even include posh stalls and electrical hookups. Others may be available for day-use only. It’s wise to check with the management agencies listed below to determine important issues such as condition of trail or whether some usage fees have changed. Some state forests and parks require riders to have a permit and South Carolina law requires a negative Coggins Test Certificate be present for all horses in state parks and forests.
Whatever your riding preference, it’s a good bet you’ll find it in South Carolina. The state’s most popular trails pass through an amazingly diverse slice of topography: The Rocky Gap/Willis Knob trails, for instance, delve deep into the rugged and remote backcountry of the Chattooga Wild and Scenic River Corridor. Conversely, the six-mile loop through Lee State Park journeys into a floodplain swamp.
The South Carolina Horsemen’s Council is an excellent source of information for the state’s trails. Memberships are also available. Contact the council at:
At trailside rest stops, even short ones, tie off your horse. This prevents horses from damaging trees or vegetation and is courteous to other trail users by helping reduce wear and tear on the trail. Before you move on, scatter the manure.
Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism.