Horseback riding in South Carolina State Parks is a longtime favorite activity, which is why you’ll find miles of horseback riding trails that are just as hoof-friendly as they are boot-friendly. The natural and geographical features in South Carolina’s parks are so diverse, that horseback riders will be able to traverse a variety of terrain.
Challenging rides can be found along the rocky outcroppings at Kings Mountain
, while Lee State Park
offers a flatter, swampy trail through the Sandhills region. Many of the parks offer short and easy routes, but riders seeking longer distances can find more than 20 miles of horse trails at H. Cooper Black, Jr. Memorial Field Trail and Recreation Area
and Kings Mountain State Park. Coastal rides can be taken during the winter months at Myrtle Beach
and Hunting Island State Park
There is no shortage of equestrian facilities and amenities, either. Long rows of equestrian stalls, show rings for competitions and equestrian campsites with water and electrical hookups are available at several of the parks. Guests will need to contact the park for rental rates and availability, and must have negative Coggins papers for their horse in order to use the park’s facilities.
Equestrian trails and amenities can be found at H. Cooper Black Jr., Kings Mountain, Lee, Poinsett, Cheraw and Croft state parks. See the list below to link to the park of your choice.
For more information on equestrian trails across the state, visit the South Carolina Trails website
Calhoun Falls State Park
Calhoun Falls State Park sits astride several pine-covered points jutting into Lake Russell, one of the least-developed large reservoirs in South Carolina.
Besides providing access to the big Savannah River...
Cheraw State Park
Natural beauty and great golf come together at Cheraw State Park.
An 18-hole championship course winds its way through the long-leaf pinelands of the traditional state park, a course that’s...
Croft State Park
Croft State Park is a big park with lots to do. A green retreat in the heart of fast-growing Spartanburg County, the park offers more than 17 miles of biking...
Hunting Island State Park
Hunting Island is South Carolina’s single most popular state park, attracting more than a million human visitors a year.
Also attracted to the semi-tropical barrier island is an array of...
Kings Mountain State Park
A big, hilly, woodsy park with lots to do, Kings Mountain State Park has been a regional favorite for generations.
Built originally by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s,...
Lee State Park
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Nestled in a floodplain forest along the designated state scenic Lynches River, Lee State Natural Area has been serving South Carolina since it was built by...
Myrtle Beach State Park
A wide, open beach, fishing pier full of anglers and stories, campgrounds in the oceanfront woods, all in the middle of it all in Myrtle Beach.
Since 1935, a trip...