Horseback Riding

Lake Hartwell Country is a hidden gem for horseback riding filled with trails that will take you through beautiful forests, beside sparkling lakes,

and along rushing rivers.

Horseback Riding Trails

Fants Grove Trail System

Trail length: 35.6 mile trail system

Moderate/Strenuous

903 Fants Grove Rd, Anderson, SC 29625

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Located in the Clemson Experimental Forest, this network of trails has beautiful views of Lake Hartwell and is a favorite among horseback riders.

Lake Issaqueena Trail System

Trail length: 25 mile trail system

Moderate

109 Wardlaw Lake Rd, Central, SC 29630

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This system of trails, located in the Lake Issaqueena section of the Clemson Experimental Forest, offers a beautiful forest setting and, at times, runs alongside the shore of Lake Issaqueena.

Rocky Gap Trail System

Trail length: 19 mile trail system

Moderate/Strenuous

240 Earls Ford Rd, Mountain Rest, SC 29664

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Located in the Sumter National Forest, this system of horseback riding trails offers beautiful views of the Wild and Scenic Chattooga River.

Photo by Kes Crumpler

Where to Stay

If you are planning an overnight trip on the trails, we recommend staying with Chattooga Trails Bed and Barn. They are just 1.5 miles away from the Rocky Gap Trail System in the Sumter National Forest and offer many different accommodation options, including spacious rooms and rustic RV sites for you and your horse. 

Photo 1 courtesy of Chattooga Trails Bed and Barn