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Harbison State Forest

5500 Broad River Rd, Columbia, SC 29212-3543
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Best local trail in Columbia

A good choice for evening group rides or just getting in some trail time. Depending on the time of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jeffery H
Bring a map otherwise you will get lost!

So went for what I thought would be an hours walk/hike with friend. Staying in area at time for... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Madison, Connecticut
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5500 Broad River Rd, Columbia, SC 29212-3543
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A good choice for evening group rides or just getting in some trail time. Depending on the time of day you could be competing with hikers or runners. I find the summer months too hot for a good ride since the woods offer no wind...More

Thank Jeffery H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So went for what I thought would be an hours walk/hike with friend. Staying in area at time for college tennis tournament and had time one afternoon. Found parking and got map from main bldg and set out. At first we enjoyed the covered trail...More

Thank familytravels357
Reviewed 14 April 2017

Harbison state forest is one of the reasons I love my city so much. I regularly run the trails, hike with my dog on leash, and bike there. Highly recommended to all... well worth the yearly car parking pass of $25...

Thank Traci L
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

There are numerous trails that are great for biking, running and walking, but they are not paved. Plan to have plenty of time to explore and enjoy. I've been three times and two out of the three taken a path that added some miles. In...More

Thank DorySCtravel
Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

When I lived in the Columbia area, I enjoyed visiting Harbison regularly for walks or trail runs. As others have said, there are a variety of trail lengths for multiple use... walking, running and some for biking. Trails are in good shape and well marked...More

Thank Marcia W
Reviewed 6 March 2017

Harbison State Forest is a slightly hilly pine forest sitting beside the Broad River. As a jogger, I use it quite frequently when I get bored running through neighborhoods and/or paved trails. The trail system in the park is "natural," but well marked and maintained....More

Thank Ga2r75
Reviewed 1 March 2017

Love hiking here in nature. Cooler in the summer and can really get your heart going if you keep up the pace. Only wish it would open before 9AM

Thank SoccerDad_11
Reviewed 10 February 2017 via mobile

Good trail system. The local SORBA group has really done a great job with keeping up the maintenance. There are loops for beginners Firebreak trail. The more advanced is the Spiderwoman II with a inner loop. The Bluff section overlooks the Broad River and you...More

Thank Jolleymi800
Reviewed 9 February 2017

Good trail system for cranking out the miles. The local SORBA chapter has breathed life back into the maintenance of the system. There are loops for beginners (Firebreak) all the way to advanced riders (Spiderwoman II including the inner loop). The Bluff section overlooks the...More

Thank Tall_Traveler_SC
Reviewed 28 December 2016

This place is great for taking the dogs or the bikes. It is a simple set of woodland trails that are pretty easy to trek. There are few hills or difficult sections. This is probably not a great place to take kids unless they entertain...More

Thank Jordan K
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Two questions -1) is this considered an SC state park, accepts state park pass? 2) Is there a swimming area?
31 July 2016|
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Response from apalyok2015 | Reviewed this property |
Same answer as James B, it is a State Forest, not a park. Yes there is a parking fee $5.00 for the day. There is also canoe/kayak landing. check out the info on their website.
Andrea H
Are there running trails at the park? I need yo run 14 miles on Saturday...thanks
18 August 2015|
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Response from vctrkane | Reviewed this property |
Yes but you may encounter bikes. I would suggest you look at a trail map a day of two early and plot your route. The trails intersect but I don't know if you can get that much mileage. Maybe if you include Lost Creek, across... More