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Spiderwoman 2 Loop is a 4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Columbia, South Carolina that features a river 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 but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.0 mi Elevation gain 383 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

River

Views

Wild flowers

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A spur trail off of Midlands Mountain Trail, this trail incorporates views of the Broad River, moderate elevation changes, and a natural rock garden. NOTE: You cannot get to the entry point by vehicle because the gates are normally closed (always closed by 4:30).

Parking and restroom available at Midlands Mountain Trail parking area

Harbison Environmental Education Forest PO Box 21707 Columbia, SC 29210 803 896-8890 Fax - 896-8896

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Antony Cyr
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Mountain biking

This is probably the most difficult trail within the Columbia area for mountain biking. If you are relatively new to biking or are not used to riding on more technical trails then please use caution if you attempt this trail. It is full of steep inclines/declines and very sharp/rough switches. The root steps on the steep declines can drop more than a foot and the flat rocks can be very slick when wet. The trail is also relatively narrow so you have to watch for your pedals snagging on the vines as well as being careful not to fall off, the drop off the side of the trail can send you tumbling down 40+ ft. The trail offers beautiful scenery and is thriving with life. Hope this helps and have fun!!!

T Bone
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Hiking

Started at main lot since road closed. Added bluffs and went in and out on midlands mountain and firebreak. Also added internal loop to spider woman. About 11 miles in all. Great mix of terrain. Enjoy.

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Julie W
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Hiking

Always a fan of this trail...lower part of Mid Mtn is mushy due to flooding a few weeks ago. one tip: instead of stepping in the mud or potential mud, use big twigs or logs to cross damp areas. Found them to be much more solid and not sink so much. The riverside connector between Spiderwoman and Mid Mtn has lots of debris due to the fact it was underwater a few weeks ago. Parts of this trail are not visible so be careful as there are some potential sinkholes. The block that served as a bridge across a little gulley was unseated, so the steady crossing is laying on the bank of this little gulley. Instead there is this weak piece going across. even I with my 140 lb frame was a little scared on it. Needed my pole to climb up the other side. Fun though to go through this connector seeing all the different foot prints. A lot of deer prints.

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Paul Abosch
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Hiking

Well marked with lots of options for different lengths. I wish trail markers gave an idea of distance of different legs. Not extremely scenic and relatively flat and unchallenging.

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Cheyenne Hutcheson
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HikingRocky

Loved this place. Saw some wildlife, and beautiful scenery. You can't actually get to the entry point by vehicle, gates within the park are typically closed and always closed by 4:30. Had to walk the road to get to the first trail, which were both fairly easy. Spiderwoman Loop was a more moderate hike which I like. If you're going to hike Spiderwoman Loop, make sure you're prepared for some genuine hiking, it's not a clean cut, basic path the whole way, but they do have markers letting you know when the path turns and such. Once you get to the river, there's a short path if you go straight that goes to where the large rocks go out into the river that I was able to walk out on. You just have to go back to the marked sign to get back on the main trail. Highly recommended for bikers or hikers.

Julie W
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HikingBugs

this is a nice connector trail. stayed on Spider Woman 2 by the river and kept going along the river instead of going back up to the regular SW2. beautiful, relaxing spots. nice and easy before meeting Midlands Mountain and heading back up for the parking area. only issue is spiders along this connector. kept my walking pole up like a sword and wound up with 2 or 3 spiders on the pole. MUCH better than in my face, though.

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T Bone
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Hiking

It’s hot! Bring a suit and take a dip in the river!

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Joel Easton
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Hiking

Decent little loop with some views along the broad. Trail could be marked a little better. Some light ups and downs but nothing to strenuous here. Nice way to spend an afternoon with my four-legged sidekick.

Julie W
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Hiking

added in section between Spider woman and Midlands Mountain. came upon a group of butterflies, possibly monarchs, at a beach area. There was a turtle there as well. This section comes out on MM. I turn right and head up, keeping towards the right. I take the shortcut (old forestry path) to the crossroads of MM and Spider woman. Then I headed back on SW. MM parking was full, so I added in the Stewardship parking path as well that connects back to base of MM. Overall good time.

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Girl Hikes
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Hiking

This is my favorite trail so far, it could be better marked though especially towards the end. I am always thankful for this app to help guide me whenever needed. Love stopping by the river to take a break, its such a beautiful view and incredibly peaceful. I did use my hiking poles which was helpful on some of the terrain. Looking forward to going back!

Heather Couch
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lots of fun! spend a few hrs out here. I can't wait to go back!

Charlene Dailey
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Keith Grimaud
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Hiking

For Columbia area, about as good as it gets. I hiked Firebridge to Midlands Mountain to Spiderwoman 2 and back out. I think it was about 9 miles total. The Spiderwoman 2 Trail has the best terrain, water views, and best wildlife of those hiked. Saw herons on the river, a family of four frogs lined up on a log, and ate some wild grapes (muscadines). Bring your trekking poles to swat spider webs as you walk.

Julia Mullen
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Hiking

fantastic terrain. went in the spring and everything was incredibly #green and alive. We had to walk from the front gate to get there because the gate was closed during open hours for some reason but I made for a great 8 mile hike. will be back!!!

Michael Joy
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Hiking

Hiked this along with the firebreak, stewardship, midlands MTN trails this morning. That added a decent level of difficulty to the loop. This trail felt more like it believed in NE South Carolina rather than the heart of the midlands.

Kristin Taylor
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Hiking

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

Cody Cann
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Hiking

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!

Noah Benitez-Nelson
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Mountain biking

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!!

A Greer
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Hiking

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.

Keith Bullock
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Running

challenging trail to run.

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

Ben Grimes
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Hiking

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.

Jessica Dummar
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Hiking

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.

Erica Hellmich
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Hiking

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!

Josh Bridges
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needs better signs!

Liz Line
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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.

BamVan Jam
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Mountain biking

It's great every time.

Jenny Moore
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Saw plenty of deer and only 2 mountain bikers!

Liz Skelly
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Running

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.

Megan McComb
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Hiking

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.

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