What could be more romantic than a moonlit horseback ride along the beach? And you can do just that courtesy of Three Oaks Farm. Head to the north end of Jekyll Island and turn onto Camp Creek Road, just across from the campground. Very shortly you’ll come to the Three Oaks horse paddock staging area on your left. Once you’re outfitted and ready to go, you’ll ride into the marsh just east of the road and head for the beach for an hour or more of fun. When you reach the water, you’ll probably see the St. Simons Lighthouse blinking its warning to the north. If it’s still light enough, you might see pelicans flying by or diving for fish. If you’re lucky, you might even see dolphins swimming in the ocean.
But you don’t have to be a romantic couple or even an experienced rider to enjoy a beach ride. Public rides provide gentle, walk-only options from 1 to 3 hours. Experienced riders that want to trot or canter might want to book a private ride. You must be at least 5 years old to ride, and there is a weight limit. Check the Three Oaks website for current pricing and ride options.
Three Oaks brings their horses to Jekyll from off island, so don’t count on just dropping by the paddock to make a reservation. Contact them at 912-635-9500 or through their website.
If you think you might prefer a carriage ride instead of (or in addition to) horseback riding, Three Oaks offers that option. Tour the Jekyll Historic District some evening via carriage, and your driver will narrate your personal tour through the moss-covered oaks as you pass Faith Chapel and the “cottages” where such millionaires as Rockefeller, Macy, and Goodyear lived.
If you’re interested in wedding options, there’s even a pumpkin-shaped Cinderella carriage. See the Three Oaks Wedding Page for their various wedding options.
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