Firebreak Trail

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Firebreak Trail is a 4.2 mile moderately 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.

Distance: 4.2 miles Elevation Gain: 255 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

running

forest

river

wildlife

rocky

hiking
flooded
muddy
9 days ago

hiking
flooded
muddy
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

A little muddy in spots but fine. Weather looks ominous but was fine. Went counterclockwise from front entrance parking as this is the closest path to the toilet. Overall, I think this trail is pretty easy, just long for those who might not be able to go distance wise.

muddy
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

slightly less than half of Firebreak. I take this route when I don't have access to Spiderwoman and don't have enough time for the full Firebreak. I turn off at Eagle Trail and go to the toilets (still not open) near the gazebo. Discovery trail is the last part that leads to the Education Ctr. It's nice. When there is enough rain, there is a section that has a brook and mini waterfalls next to the path below the gazebo. This route isn't very challenging, so I try to move faster. It's good if you're short on time and cant access other, more fun paths easily.

hiking
1 month ago

Trail was a little muddy at times, but that was to be expected. Nice variety and lots to look at. Very enjoyable.

Large stretch without shade was rough.

hiking
5 months ago

Easy, flat trail. Several picnic pavilions and restrooms along the way

paddle sports
7 months ago

saluda river kayaking

8 months ago

Great trail. Took us about 2 hours from car door to car door with a 7 and 5 year old. Loads to see.

hiking
muddy
Sat Feb 16 2019

A bit muddy but to be expected. Nice trail with lots of twists and turns. If you take it a bit further to the Broad River Outlook it lengthens it to 6.2 and is worth the extra hike!

mountain biking
muddy
Fri Jan 18 2019

very muddy from all the rain but still a nice loop for a family ride.

Fri Dec 07 2018

Very easy walk that loops back around to the parking lot

hiking
Sun Oct 28 2018

Nice and easy walk. Bring $5 for parking.

hiking
Sat Oct 06 2018

I enjoyed this hike and will do it again. Took about 2 hours taking our time. There are a few benches along the way to stop for a break if needed. Everything was well marked.

Wed Oct 03 2018

Well maintained trail through beautiful trees and flora. Trail is well marked.

hiking
Tue Sep 04 2018

Beautiful, shaded hike. Be careful to read signage appropriately! There are many connector trails to this trail- so heads up! But over all it was a wonderful experience!

Sat Aug 25 2018

Nice trail. Not much for sights but the pine forest is nice. Easy and calm for my walk with my dog

Thu Aug 09 2018

Not a bad little trail

Sat May 05 2018

Easy hike not much to see but the great outdoors

hiking
Fri Apr 27 2018

Very well marked! Some areas of washout as it had rained the previous day. The creek also was difficult to pass. Overall, very nice trail but wouldn’t recommend kids under 10 or so as it is a longer route. Definitely will hike again!

hiking
Sun Apr 15 2018

Took my baby out on this trail today in his child carrier pack, we had a blast! It took me about 2 hours to go the loop. There are a few rocky parts and one area where you have to step over a small wet weather stream on rocks. The beginning of the hike is nice and closed with trees and undergrowth all around, but the East part of the trail really opens up nicely.

hiking
Sat Mar 31 2018

A decent hilly hike through a forest. Some of the trail junctions can be a little confusing, but the forest service has an app you can use to track your location on the trails, and cell service was good throughout the hike. This is an actual firebreak trail, so there are burn areas throughout, and very little fauna, but it's still a pleasant forest hike.

Mon Feb 19 2018

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

Wed Nov 15 2017

Nice trail.

hiking
Sun Sep 03 2017

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
Mon Jun 26 2017

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

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