Our society spends so much time indoors as we stay glued to our electronic devices. Let’s go outside and fill our lungs with some fresh air for a change! Horseback riding gives us a chance to experience nature in a very rewarding way – from atop a noble steed. Have you or your younguns wanted to try it? Head to Eden Farms in Marietta SC (near Travelers Rest), nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This picturesque horse farm sits on 160 acres of beautiful upstate rolling pasture land and hardwood forest, and much of it can be traversed on horseback. A horseback ride will take you past beautiful vistas of three state parks: Caesar’s Head, Table Rock, and Paris Mountain as you ride along well-maintained trails.
Eden Farms is a family-owned operation with top-notch equestrian facilities including a 40-stall three-story barn, three arenas (one covered), and a large special events space. They offer lessons, boarding and trail rides.
Their tours are guided one-hour adventures and all are welcome, including beginners . The horses are saddled up and ready to go! You’ll get a short lesson in handling your horse and riding safety before the tour begins. Rides are offered Monday – Saturday. The cost is $80 per rider. Open to riders ages 7 and up. (Children 7-12 will have a staff member walk beside them for the duration of the ride. )
Have little ones who’d love to ride a horse or pony? Arena rides are available for kids 2+, and these are really basic horse-care lessons for children. Not only does the adventure include a ride on a horse or pony around the arena but also your kiddos will get to brush the animal, saddle it, learn to stay atop the horse or pony, control its direction, start, stop and then afterward, learn how to untack and groom it and give the horse a treat! $80 per child.
Eden Farms is also home to Happy Hooves Therapeutic Equestrian Center, where children and adults with special needs as well as at-risk youth can form bonds with their horses. According to their website “Participants ride and care for horses, developing exceptionally rewarding relationships that benefit mind, body and spirit.”
Eden Farms hosts horse-themed birthday parties, field trips, and an annual fundraiser for Happy Hooves Therapeutic Equestrian Center in December – Christmas at the Barn. Held on the second Sunday in December each year (Dec. 11, 2022), your kiddos can ride “reindeer” horses and ponies and meet Santa! There are Christmas arts and crafts to make, a Nativity scene, Christmas music, a “peeplechase” playground for children, a candy cane garden, and horses to visit! Shop at the horsey gift shop, purchase baked goods, and enjoy lunch. More on that here.
Reservations for trail or arena rides are available by calling 864-898-0043.
Eden Farms Equestrian Farm
4700 Dacusville Highway, Marietta, SC 29661
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