Horseback riding in Seminole County puts you in the heart of untouched nature right outside of Orlando. From the Seminole Wekiva Trail to the Flagler Trail, you can explore acres of wilderness and see a wealth of wildlife. Just one of many horseback-riding options is guided tours in the breathtaking Rock Springs Run State Reserve. This 14,000-acre State Reserve is part of the 42,000 acres that make up the Wekiva River Basin State Parks.

The Rock Springs Riding Ranch offers one-hour, two-hour and three-hour guided tours through the scenic Wekiva River Basin. Knowledgeable trail guides will take you to secluded areas of the park, home to diverse flora and fauna, songbirds, red-shouldered hawk, turkey, white-tailed deer, gopher tortoise and more. You’ll learn about the history of the area as you cross communities of desert-like sand pine scrub, pine flatwoods, cool hardwood swamp and oak tree hammocks. If you’re new to horseback riding, an orientation is included. You can also treat your children to a hand-held pony ride designed for children under eight years old.

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