Explore the most popular trails near Columbia with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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Great mountain bike trail for me the wife and 2 kids 13 and 14. Very sandy but fun. Did apply the bug spray and had no problems. GPS clocked 6 miles. Restrooms also not too far away. Even in 95 deg sun.(shady trail) Two thumbs up.

Not a bad little trail

pretty flat but could be a nice running trail

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

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!

hiking
2 months ago

Combined the perimeter loop with the lake loop and a little extra on the end to make a 7 mile loop. Plenty of opportunity to change things up almost every time you come out here. Great trail to walk/run/bike.

mountain biking
2 months ago

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!!

Mountain bike trail also makes a great hiking trail. Several variations on getting to and from the actual bike trail makes this a fun and available hike. Most recent trip was 9.5 miles starting at one of the remote access points to the park.

Easy hike not much to see but the great outdoors

mountain biking
3 months ago

Great mtb trail. Will definitely come back for more fun. I certainly wouldn’t consider it to be the hardest for cycling or hiking. Rigid or hardtail welcome on this single track.

hiking
3 months ago

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
3 months ago

The bridge that was destroyed during the flooding in 2015 has been replaced. Nice easy hike.

Pretty easy trail. There are a lot of people riding bikes here more than anything, but hiking it I can see why. Definitely great gradual elevation changes, and a great way to start out.

hiking
4 months ago

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
4 months ago

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.

mountain biking
5 months ago

A great place to ride...when you come out of the woods, turn around and go the opposite way, its a whole different trail! Great workout on your mountain bike, and there is another trail on the bluff that runs along two knotch road. The bigger the tires the better as there is a lot of sand that is deep in some places. Add the 3 mile double track as a warm up and cool down and you can easily ride 12 plus miles. When you cant ride at Harbison due to rain...go check out Sesqui!

5 months ago

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

hiking
6 months ago

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.

the trail has been redone and it makes it very friendly for families and dogs. Great stroll around the lake.

hiking
7 months ago

Awesome trail not at all a flat stroll. Being able to get in the river was the best part!

It's jsut as fun to walk this trail as it is to ride it.

Lots of wildlife around this trail

hiking
8 months ago

Nice long walk. Enjoy teh quiet in the big city

Nice trail.

trail running
9 months ago

challenging trail to run.

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

10 months ago

Nice, easy walk with a great view of Lake Murray, the dam and the Columbia skyline.

walking
11 months ago

My favorite place to walk!

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.

hiking
11 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.

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