So many people are drawn to South Walton because of the beautiful beaches but then fall in love with all the other amazing activities to do here. Now you can add horseback riding to the list.
At Arnett’s Gulfside Trail Rides, anyone — from experienced riders to first-timers — can hop on a horse and take a one-of-a-kind tour through the sandy scrubs and marshlands of the Point Washington State Forest.
Owner Karen Arnett opened the stables to the public five years ago. Now she has 34 horses and a staff of experienced trail guides ready to lead tours of up to 12 people any day of the week.
Jackie Fisher, trail guide and barn manager at the stables, has been around horses her whole life. Michael Wilson, another guide and instructor, got into horses in the Army, learning the challenging task of running groups of horses together for funeral processions at Arlington Cemetery and other events.
Wilson and the other instructors can get anyone on a horse, from age six and up, even if the rider has no prior experience. The horses the stable uses for new riders and kids are extremely gentle and well-mannered.
Riding the trails on horseback offers a unique opportunity to see parts of the Point Washington State Forest that aren’t accessible on foot, such as through the watery marshlands.
It’s also a great activity for families or groups of all ages, heading out on an adventure together that can become a treasured memory for years to come.
The stables are conveniently located, tucked off County Road 393 between U.S. Highway 98 and Scenic Highway 30A, and open year-round.