Explore the most popular views trails in Harbison State Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Love the many changes in elevation, and it was a great workout!

hiking
8 days ago

Not a bad outing. May have been better if my wife and I biked the trail. We didn’t bring our helmets and were told it was required for the rocky trail (and it sure is rocky!) The Park Ranger was kind and helpful at the office building and explained the app on your phone you could use for a map. We just used our all trails app but they don’t do paper maps. It’s good to have the map bc there are a lot of side trails that can get you confused (including the Spider Woman extended trail that loops in the middle for less than a mile).

The river was pretty but not as visible because of a lot of vegetation but you can definitely see the Broad River about half way through it. There are a lot of rocky up and down hills but not too bad. My wife and I GPS logged about 4.45 miles total when we accidentally went down the middle loop (which ends back onto the original path later on).

Enjoying the scenery and a few water stops it took us just under 2 hours. Saw a lot of white tail deer, lizards, and squirrels.

Next time I’ll bike it!

mountain biking
1 month ago

One of the best local trails I’ve come across. Be sure to explore the “treacherous” bluffs and learn to conquer the rock garden both downhill and and on the ascent!!

mountain biking
2 months ago

Great mtb trail. Will definitely come back for more fun. I certainly wouldn’t consider it to be the hardest for cycling or hiking. Rigid or hardtail welcome on this single track.

Pretty easy trail. There are a lot of people riding bikes here more than anything, but hiking it I can see why. Definitely great gradual elevation changes, and a great way to start out.

hiking
5 months ago

Fun trail with lots of elevation changes and pretty views. We went in January so all the leaves made some of the up and downs a bit slippery, so wear shoes with good traction. The trail connects back to the Midland trail in two different spots so pay attention to your direction or your 3 mile hike will become 7 miles if you go the wrong way getting back on the midlands...go right to exit...go left to hike more.

hiking
6 months ago

Awesome trail not at all a flat stroll. Being able to get in the river was the best part!

trail running
8 months ago

challenging trail to run.

love the terrain for a great workout in about an hour!

Did this trail with my little brother and friend. We didn't know where to go so we ended up walking this one, and two other trails. I would do it again.

hiking
11 months ago

Great, and surprisingly so for being in the middle of Columbia. everything was pretty well marked and there are some really cool sights along the way. I feel that this was more moderate than hard, though.

hiking
11 months ago

This is real outdoors right in the city! I have done this hike with my 12, 8, 4, and infant. It isn't too hard, but is challenging enough to entertain the kids. There is also a little spot on the river to stop midpoint.

mountain biking
Monday, June 26, 2017

was a bit boring for me at times, would be great for beginners. recommend going counterclockwise, but it seems like the trail can be ridden both ways. nice wide trails, well maintained and marked. grab a map at one of the stands, it will help you in the long run. i feel like the trail could use some more berms and maybe a small jump going off of one on the roots.

Monday, June 19, 2017

More like "Get lost trail". Hardly any trail markers combined with constant split offs and cross paths makes it easy to get lost.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

nice trail easy to spot mt bikes and get off the path to let them pass through

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Great trail, worked perfect for a nice family hike.

hiking
Friday, May 19, 2017

Hiked May 2017. You have to take a small side trail (well trafficked obviously by the smooth dirt and lack of vegetation growing on the path!) to get to the river access. Side trail branches off an intersection where the trail is marked with a laminated sign tacked to a tree. Loved this trail. River access was beautiful and serene. Besides the river access it is a cool trail going through the forest, some ups and downs but nothing too strenuous. Spider Woman II is actually only a 2.2 miles loop but you have to take the Midlands Mountain Trail from the parking lot to get access to the Spider Woman II trail so that is what brings the hike total to 3 miles. Would definitely recommend!

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

needs better signs!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Fun trail, beautiful scenery and visible markers.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

We tried to do this one in April on a Friday and the gates back to it were closed, said they are only open to the back Saturdays and Sundays so make sure you check. You can get back there but it is about a 1.5 road walk to the beginning of the trail head. We did a different one instead but will go back to do this one. We liked the area.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Trail was very enjoyable. Nice and wide for the most of it. Well maintained. $5 parking fee for the park.

hiking
Monday, February 27, 2017

❤️this trail! Can't wait to explore more trails at the park!

mountain biking
Friday, December 16, 2016

It's great every time.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Saw plenty of deer and only 2 mountain bikers!

hiking
Monday, November 21, 2016

Pretty boring for such a long walk/hike, but I imagine it would be a great track for some easy to moderate mountain bike training. Plenty of city sounds, though, as the road is never far away.

trail running
Monday, November 21, 2016

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.

hiking
Saturday, June 25, 2016

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.

Thursday, June 09, 2016

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

hiking
Sunday, April 10, 2016

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.

hiking
Friday, March 04, 2016

My favorite trail in HSF to hike or bike! Love the undulating nature of the trail; the hardwood forest and creek; the trailside views of the Broad River; and the boulders and rock garden.

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