Back in the late 1800s, Lawton Plantation consisted of a main house and 50 cabins for freed slaves. The plantation house doubled as a schoolhouse. Nothing remains of the original plantation house, but the location serves as a wonderful launching point to visit the historic and scenic Sea Pines Forest Preserve on horseback.
Lawton Stables’ 23-acre equestrian facility offers escorted trail rides through the tranquil Preserve, revealing Lowcountry scenery at the gentle pace of a horse, in and out of the trees and around the lakes.
Trail rides are scheduled daily year around and are available for adults and children eight years old and older. Reservations are required. This is also a great way to entertain a group of people, perhaps a family reunion or company outing.
Lawton also has a small animal farm, which is free for everyone. In addition, for a small fee, children seven and under are able to take pony rides around the small animal farm on one of their adorable Shetland ponies.
Not to be missed is Harley, who has become a favorite of locals and visitors alike. Harley is an 18.2 hand Clydesdale horse (the kind you see in the Budweiser ads). Feel free to give him a pat. He may be big, but he’s very friendly.
Lawton Stables also offers state-of-the-art boarding facilities. The stables are located at 190 Greenwood Drive (you can’t miss the horses grazing in the pastures).
For more information, contact Lawton Stables at (843) 671-2586.