Explore by Horseback
Explore the State Forest by Horseback
Get to know our state parks from a different view – from on top of a horse! With over 13,800 acres of State Forest, within a mile from the beach, there is plenty to explore as our experienced trail bosses guide you on this one hour trail ride. Transportation, lunch and beverages are all included for an adventure unlike any other!
Animal lovers and anyone looking for a true South Walton outdoor experience!
Our State Forest Horseback Adventure is suited for everyone ages 6 and up.
Complimentary Southern BBQ picnic provided.
Transportation from your vacation property to the stables and back is also included.
Pickup: 10:00 AM
Start: 11:00 AM
Departure: 1:30 PM
Return: 2:30 PM
This experience is offered Monday – Friday.
Does this experience include horseback riding on the beach?
No, this experience does not include horseback riding on the beach; however we do traverse through Florida’s Point Washington State Park. If interested in horseback riding on the beach, please contact your guest ambassador, who will be happy to provide you with recommendations in the neighboring areas to do so.
What stable is this experience offered through?
360 Blue Experiences partnered with Arnett’s Gulfside Stables, a horse ranch, located in Blue Mountain Beach that is less than half a mile away from the Gulf of Mexico.
What is the age minimum to participate?
You must be 6 years of age or older to ride a horse. There are no exceptions.
What if my child is under age 6?
Due to insurance, we cannot make any exceptions to the age limit. However, children under age 6 and their parents are more than welcome to visit the stables, see the horses and meet the trail bosses.
My child is 6 or 7 years old or is very small for their age. Are they still allowed on a horse?
Yes, your child is absolutely allowed on a horse. However, any child who is age 6 or 7 years old or any small child who may not be able to control their horse well, is required to be ponied.
What does “ponied” mean?
Ponied means that the child is on their own horse, but attached to an adult rider by a lead rope so the child’s horse can be controlled. This does not mean the child is on a pony. There are no ponies kept on the premises.
I have never been on a horse, can I still ride?
Yes, absolutely! All of the horses at the stables are trained and beginner friendly. 85% of Arnett’s Gulfside Trail’s riders are first time riders and the trail ride is one in which the horses are only walking. There is no galloping, trotting or cantering.
How long is the trail ride?
The trail ride is 1 hour long.
What state park does this experience take place in?
Participants will horseback ride through Point Washington State Park, one of Northwest Florida’s state parks, that encompasses around 15,000 acres and is home to several miles of trails.
What meals are included?
A Southern BBQ lunch is provided.
What does each meal consist of?
Lunch consists of a choice of pulled pork sandwich, pulled chicken sandwich or smoked chicken salad sandwich with a side of either coleslaw, potato salad, baked beans, a side salad or French fries, drinks include water, coke, diet coke, sprite and local craft beers.
What is the cost for the horseback riding experience?
The cost for the Explore the State Forest by Horseback Experience is $165/adult and $135/kid (age 12 & under).
What I should bring/wear?
We recommend bringing sunglasses or a hat and sunscreen and wearing closed toed shoes and long pants or jeans.
For more information, please call 844-374-2203, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org directly or inquire using the contact form.
Experience Cancellation Policy: No refunds will be issued within a 30 day window of the experience. If the experience is cancelled due to inclement weather, 360 Blue will then attempt to reschedule for another day or for another experience the guest is interested in. If the experience cannot be rescheduled due to weather, a refund will be issued.