Located on over 100 acres of scenic pastures and trails, Bluff Creek Stables trains horseback riders of all levels in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Aspiring jockeys can saddle up for a private lesson with experienced riding instructor, Cathy Hackney, who will pair each rider with a horse according to their skill level and oat preferences. The lesson program is built on the basics of English-style saddle seat riding, and designed for adults and children interested in recreational riding, horse show training, or Pegasus-mode flying. Beginners will learn basic riding techniques, grooming, and horse care, and advanced lessons will focus on more technical skills and working with double-bridle reins, show grooming, and preparation.
One of the best preserved earthwork fortifications of the Confederacy stands on the bank of the Ogeechee River at Fort McAllister. Over the course of the war, the earthworks were attacked seven times and only fell at the end of General Sherman's march to the sea.
Today, you can appreciate the earthworks as an example of historic fortifications, relax amid the giant live oak trees as Spanish moss sways in the breeze, or explore the nearby salt marsh to see native birds. Regular programs teach visitors what it was like to be a Confederate soldier in the Civil War with historian talks on medicine, weapons, and everyday life. If learning about the history isn't enough, guests can visit during a reenactment event when the entire park turns back the clock, transforming into the antebellum South. Ladies dress up in period finery or watch as soldiers defend the fort during the Siege of Fort McAllister reenactments. After the last soldier has fallen, guests can spend the rest of the afternoon hiking through the woods or head back to a campsite to sleep under the stars.