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
903 Fants Grove Rd, Anderson, SC 29625
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
109 Wardlaw Lake Rd, Central, SC 29630
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
240 Earls Ford Rd, Mountain Rest, SC 29664
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