Last updated on October 2nd, 2017 at 12:45 am
Equestrian Life in horse-friendly Aiken, S.C.
One of the most significant amenities offered at Three Runs Plantation is the trail system. Over 30 miles of well-maintained trails guide you through 2,400 acres of woods, savannahs, and protected wetlands, over gently rolling hills, and beside the gently moving waters of Cedar Creek and Three Runs Creek. The entire trail system has been marked and mapped for easy navigation. The trails can be enjoyed on foot or on horseback. Picnic areas along the creekside trails provide idyllic places to stop and enjoy the cool, crystal-clear water.
Portions of the trail system include cross-country jumps, gallop areas, and lots of room for carriage driving. There is also a stadium-jump arena, dressage arena, and a cross-country schooling area designed by FEI course designer Hugh Lochore.
Californians Lori and George King, now Three Runs residents, say, “What we really like here is the trail system. There are many miles of trails, so if it’s a warm day you can ride under a canopy of trees for miles. Or you can go down by the creek-side trail. It’s so lush and green here—it’s almost like being in Hawaii. One day you do your ring work, another day you can work on the trails. We’ve always boarded our horses and had to haul them to trails, and it’s so wonderful to just tack up and walk out your barn door, and in five minutes you are lost in quiet, stillness, and birds. Sometimes we’ll stop and say, ‘Listen… what do you hear?’ ‘Nothing!’”