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Harbison State Forest

5500 Broad River Rd, Columbia, SC 29212-3543
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This is a state forest that is crisscrossed with named trails for bikes and hiking. Many of the... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Anthony P
Charleston, South Carolina
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Great way to get lost and close to nature!!!

The trail was super long but offered great scenery and was well trafficked. Plan to spend at least... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Hephzibah, Georgia
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Over 20 miles of mountain biking and hiking trails from beginners to expert. Trails are very well maintained.
  • Excellent42%
  • Very good48%
  • Average10%
  • Poor0%
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5500 Broad River Rd, Columbia, SC 29212-3543
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is a state forest that is crisscrossed with named trails for bikes and hiking. Many of the trails have Park-Like bathroom facilities at the trailhead. There is a $5 parking fee that can be paid at the forest via an enforced honor system (rangers...More

Thank Anthony P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The trail was super long but offered great scenery and was well trafficked. Plan to spend at least two to three hours to complete a trail. The area by the water is best, as it is cooler in the summer heat. I would say the...More

Thank whodoneit2017
Reviewed 13 May 2017

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 8 May 2017 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...

1  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
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Two questions -1) is this considered an SC state park, accepts state park pass? 2) Is there a swimming area?
1 August 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