Spider Woman II Trail is a 3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Columbia, South Carolina that features a river and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. 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.
dogs on leash
A spur trail off of Midlands Mountain Trail, this trail incorporates views of the Broad River, moderate elevation changes, a natural rock garden, and is rated as difficult.
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.
It's great every time.
Saw plenty of deer and only 2 mountain bikers!
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 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.
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.
I would say the trail is very appropriately ranked as hard but the only thing that I found confusing since the original train had to be cut off and rerouted that there are not good defining markers and the trees that go through the paths that are down are a bit of a struggle especially if you are going to bike the trail. Other than that make sure you wear some water proof boots and have a good amount of water even a light trail snack.
Best in the Harbison State Forest!
This is a moderately challenging trail, with the reward of great views of the Broad River. The trail itself is well maintained and high traveled, but don't expect to rely on trail markings.