Firebreak Trail

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Firebreak Trail is a 4.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Columbia, South Carolina that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.2 miles
255 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly


mountain biking

nature trips

trail running






29 days ago

Real nice trail. Well-marked all the way through.

4 months ago

Nice trail.

6 months ago

Great introduction to the trails of Harbison State Forest. Easy parking, just be sure to have $5 in cash for the day parking permit. An annual pass is only $25 for this amazing park in Columbia, SC.

mountain biking
8 months ago

rode part of this trail until it conected to the stewardship trail (believe that was the name). nice wide trails.

10 months ago

great trail

11 months ago

Easy beginner trail.

11 months ago

Good all around hike. Saw very few other people. A little muddy in areas and we had to cross a shallow stream at one point (it had just rained recently) but overall easy hike and well marked.

11 months ago

My first dedicated hike and I had a great time. I would rate this trail a little more than easy, closer to moderate.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Perfect Christmas Day hike before dinner!!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Nice hike! Easy to follow! Lots of bikers though.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

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!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Nice fast trail. I hiked it with my dog.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Great trail ,do not suggest running it fast the unseen rocks and roots can be a problem if tired

Monday, September 26, 2016

Well marked, no vistas, $5 to use

Monday, July 18, 2016

Nice run.

Sunday, May 08, 2016

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.

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Perfect weekend morning hike.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Since I'm a novice "mountain" biker - not sure how to rate this trail but we had a fantastic time. Maps were confusing and we ended up doing a few trails... Definitely didn't do the Spiderwoman one. Can't imagine how that would be because there were some rough parts of this one - remember - I'm novice... but I loved it!! I've lived in Columbia 15 years and have never been here but GUARANTEED - as Arnold says...."I'll be back!"..
Oh... and one 16 oz. bottle of water is not enough!! LOL

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Trail was an easy hike. Great for families since it's completely flat and trails are easily marked. I expected it to be a little more scenic but I didn't see anything at all.

mountain biking
Thursday, September 26, 2013

Rode this trail with my 8 year old daughter recently while training for a family adventure race. It was the first time I've ridden this trail in its entirety in a long time as I usually take the Lost Creek trail or the outer loop. I was pleased with how well the trail has been maintained. A nice and easy 4 mile loop if your looking for a quick ride.

Monday, May 13, 2013

This is a great hike with lots of chances to see the creek and the Narrows. What a great time me and my dad had today.

Monday, May 13, 2013

This is a beautiful area. The waterfall is easily accessible, and their is even a trail that will take you to a marvelous view after you
Have tracked down to the falls. A must if your in the area.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Great hike!!!!!

Monday, May 13, 2013

This is a great hike. Once you reach around 1.5 miles you will be able to cut off and go down to the narrows. The site is amazing, and you will get to see all kinds of great scenery. Definite hike if your in the area. Not great of you have dogs or kids as the hike down is extremely strenuous.

mountain biking
Sunday, November 18, 2012

Very easy trail, lots of pointless switchbacks that get you nowhere really fast but the pinestraw covered trail is fast and smooth. I usually hit this to connect to Midlands Mountain and Spiderwoman. Ridiculous rock garden which was man-made...kinda like riding over a pebble or two....Really dont understand why someone would take the time to make that! You may ride over it and not realize that someone put it there to make the trail more technical. funny!

mountain biking
Thursday, May 31, 2012

My personal favorite of the Harbison trails. Overall a little more technical than some of the others and often closed whenever the area has had recent rainfall. You can find the trailhead located on the connector trial between the Firebreak trail and the Stewardship trail.

mountain biking
Monday, February 20, 2012

Pretty much the loop you take to get to the other trails in Harbison. Great beginner loop if your just starting out and don't want to go to far. Someone had built a jump in the first 1.5miles that is really cool. A small new section has been built near the end (or beginning depending which way you go) that has a nice little corner.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

This is a very nice trail with moderate difficulty. The path is wide and the footing is very good throughout most of the trail.

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