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Midlands Mountain Trail to Harbison Bluff

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Harbison State Forest

Midlands Mountain Trail to Harbison Bluff is a 4.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Columbia, South Carolina that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 4.5 mi Elevation gain 328 ft Route type Loop
Dog friendly Hiking Mountain biking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Forest Views
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Thomas Fairley
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8/20/20...the park is CLOSED.

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Donald Nicholson
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Mountain biking

Fun moderate ride

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Josh Billings
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Hiking

One of the better trails in the forest for sure. My dog and I always enjoy it

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Cole Stilwell
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Cole Stilwell
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T Bone
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Trails closed. Walked the road.

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Brandon Miller
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Decent little trail, convenient for its proximity to the city. I'm not quite sure I'd rate it "Moderate," as I've been on numerous trailheads that are more difficult and demanding than this entire loop. Relatively quiet, with the exception of two larger (6-8) groups of people, who I passed while they were taking a break and having a bite. I did visit the day after some rain showers moved through, so conditions were a little soggy in some areas, and had standing (or a trickle of running) water in others. Park staff actually placed road signs out indicating they closed the trails due to wet conditions sometime during my hike. The trail doesn't bring you nearly as close to the river as one might suspect, based on the map. Instead, there's a small off shoot to the Harbison Bluffs, which provide a broken view of the water. Near the bluffs, there is a small memorial, and markers for what appear to be an unnamed trail. The unnamed trail actually provided some of the nicest scenery, and some of the most solitude. It does get extremely narrow in some parts, with a pretty substantial drop off on one side (30+ ft). There were also tire impressions from bikes, so something to be cognizant of, especially in the narrow areas. The path passes back and forth over a small creek a few times, but there were rocks at every crossing to walk across. One end of the trail is right behind the memorial, the other is at the top of the bluffs, near the bench. Park service has just about clear cut an entire swath of land near where the trail meets Firebreak, apparently in order to promote new growth. Unfortunately, it's pretty unsightly. There are also several other areas with a number of marked trees, so it looks like the practice will be spreading a bit. While I'm sure I'll be back to Harbison in the future to check out some of their other trails, I can't see making a special trip just to experience this trail again.

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Sharon Matney
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Lumiri Phox
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awesome trial, well maintained. small fee for parking, well worth it! friendly to dogs and not super populated with other people.

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Tania Hyler
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Mostly flat wooded trail in Harbison state forest. If recent rains, watchout for some muddy spots! Took about an hour an forty minutes, not really walking at a fast pace. Definitely doable and if the kids can be in it for almost 4 miles, definitely doable for them as well.

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Matt Flach
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Moderate hike with kids. Toughest part is dealing with the bikers riding through.

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Gregory Smith
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Nice moderate trail through woods with multiple areas to stop and grab a snack or water. Harbison Bluffs a little underwhelming but easily accessible. Trail sufficiently marked.

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Mark LaBruyere
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A nice gentle stroll. Just peace and quiet with shade but beautful with fall foliage.

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Bret West
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Steven Eston
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Not bad

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Laney Claville
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pretty flat but could be a nice running trail

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Christopher Kelly
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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.

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

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Josh Bridges
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Fun trail, beautiful scenery and visible markers.

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

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

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Taylor Foster
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This is a relatively easy trail however because of the current heavy rainfall half way through the trail you either have to turn back or maneuver across a wet skinny long to cross the long swamp trail the rain has created. Other than that it was very scenic and fun trail.

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Scott Beaulieu
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It's hard to rate anything 5 stars once you have been to some of the Epic rides at Dupont State Forest but this trail has a little something for everyone. One huge berm which you can rail and good elevation change. For downtown Columbia, this trail and the connecting Spider Woman trails are as good as you are going to get. It's fun enough to keep me coming back!

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Donald Nicholson
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Donald Nicholson
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Donald Nicholson
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Andrew Boyd
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Jered Abernathy
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Adam Janowicz
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