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Harbison State Forest

5500 Broad River Rd, Columbia, SC 29212-3543
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Trail Running and Hairy Bison

Love coming to Harbison State Forest, primarily to escape the concrete, everyday runs and get a... read more

Reviewed today
Columbia, South Carolina

I have been to Harbison Forest a handful of times and always enjoyed the experience. They do have a... read more

Reviewed 2 July 2017
Irmo, South Carolina
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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%
  • Terrible0%
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5500 Broad River Rd, Columbia, SC 29212-3543
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Reviewed today

Love coming to Harbison State Forest, primarily to escape the concrete, everyday runs and get a good trail run in. I haven't been very many times since I've moved to South Carolina, but the few times I have been were excellent. There weren't many people...More

Thank JessDahl7
Reviewed 2 July 2017

I have been to Harbison Forest a handful of times and always enjoyed the experience. They do have a printed trail guide for visitors located in the front parking lot as this came in very helpful for my first two hikes. Like others have stated,...More

Thank gardengal8306
Reviewed 21 June 2017 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 5 June 2017 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...

2  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
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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
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