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My wife and I love hiking in the Mountains but live here in Columbia. This trail is our favorite trainer. Whether we are hiking with weight or trail running, we always get a good challenge out of this one. It has a number of elevation drops and gains, and while none of them are prolonged the trail does build good up and downhill muscles. It's pretty, and away from all sounds of town except the occasional clatter from downriver. A good way to tack on extra (easier) mileage is to combine it with the Midlands Mountain trail.
This was our first time to Harbison State Forest and it was a pleasant experience. This trail is nice and easy. There is some hilly terrain and there are some areas where there are a lot of areas that had a lot of rocks so if you're walking make sure you're wearing good shoes! The trails are very clearly marked which was great. There are a lot of bikers on these trails but everyone we met was super friendly. Would definitely do this trail again and I can't wait to do the rest of the trails in the forest!
this was a challenging hike. we missed the turn to remain on the trail after the river so we went a little ways in the wrong direction but saw several interesting things because of it.
next time we will bring river shoes so we can enjoy the river more.
definitely a bike trail bit offers a good hike. lots of inclines through the forest but zero scenerary other than trees. has a small creek stream but its nothing to look forward too. great for excercise. wouldnt rate it as diffucult if your an avid hiker but could be challenging for the less experience. again ZERO SCENERY
It was immediately apparent that this was a far more forested area than the Sesqui State Park. It wasn’t wilderness, I never lost the sound of the highway (though it did grow faint). The trail, though cleared, wasn’t paved. It narrowed and was often rocky and broken up with roots from the surrounding pines and pin oaks. The grade changed a good bit over terrain that was quite hilly, and that is the apparent reason for the trail’s “moderate” rating. I could feel the difference, though it never became too much for me.
The trail was blazed with white paint splotches on trees and a couple of white metal diamonds. It was a sparse blaze, but enough to verify I was staying on the right trail (nine are listed in the Trail Guide). The trail intersections were well-marked, though, and I was never confused over where I was at.
Overall, a nice little trail that's moderately challenging for a new hiker.
Trail seems geared towards mountain biking, but we had a nice hiking experience. Terrain is easy winding around in a largely pine forest.
Parked at main Harbison lot off Broad River rd. Cost to park is $5 bucks or $24 for a season pass. Also there are no rest rooms, so stop ahead for the bathroom.
From parking lot it's about a mile to trail. We logged approx. 8 miles round trip.