Equestrian Trail, Lee State Natural Area

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Easy to moderate, 4-mile equestrian loop trail also suited for hiking and mountain biking. Moderate in difficulty on the first half mile only after heavy rainfall.

The trail starts at the equestrian show ring on Loop Road at Lee State Natural Area, and travels through flood plain forest, mixed forest, and sandhills pine flats. Whitetail deer, wild turkey, and grey squirrels travel through the all three ecosystems and can be spotted just about anywhere along the trail.

Many "cut-through trails" are available within the main loop, affording a hiker or biker many travel options.
Trail length: 4 miles
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  • Posted by SCgregg1 on August 3, 2010
      

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    Reviewed by SCgregg1 on August 3, 2010

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    The Equestrian Trail at Lee was quite a surprise. I was in and out and in and out of three distinct ecosystems all afternoon long. This trail had to be laid out by a naturalist!!
    The trail starts behind the show ring on Loop Road. You can park just about anywhere around the trailhead sign as long as you are not blocking the show ring road. Walk to the end of the field behind the trailhead sign. The trail proper, starts there.
    The first half mile or so was a little wet but passable. Other than that, the trail was firm and easy to follow. Horse trail sings and arrow signs are well placed. Good thing because there are so many cut-through trails, you could wander around out there for a long time. Not that that would be a bad thing!
    The trail eventually deposited me on Loop Road, where a .5 mile walk was needed to get back to the show ring.
    One word of caution: As the trail nears and follows private land for a while, there are two active bow hunting tree stands. Might be more that I didn't see. These are placed right next to the trail (on the private land side of the trail), so during bow hunting season, you would be walking within range of the bow hunter. Check local deer hunting season dates for Lee County. South Carolina DNR Game Zone 4. The private land is on the upper area of this trail. It can be avoided by taking one of the cut-through trails below it. A map of the Equestrian Trail is posted at the restroom house at the show ring. A map is also available for free download at www.sctrails.net.
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