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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took a good hike on this Trail today but I did it differently. I went against the traffic so that I could see bicycle coming towards me. I find a lot of cyclist do not announce their approach until they're almost on you and startling you. When you startle someone they made jump the wrong way and right in the path of a bicycle. So I hiked going towards the oncoming traffic. Great hike and a beautiful cool day to do it. took me approximately 2 hours and no major stops. Not hard to go the other way you just have to check and make sure that you are still seeing the blue arrows occasionally

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.

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

walking
24 days ago

My wife and I are from out of town and needed a trail to get some miles logged. This was a great stop. This is an easy paved trail that is well marked with a canopy. We did the 4.5 mile loop and it gives views and access to the river.

mountain biking
27 days ago

Awesome paved trail for the kidos, that are still on training wheels! Lots of benches along the trail to stop and check out the river. Multiple bathroom facilities, splash pad and park. Would be a good venue for a kids birthday party with the grill and table set ups.

Great hiking trail to do with my dogs, easy to go back to the parking lot when they get tired. There were a lot of connecting trails that I’m excited to see in the future. Will definitely be coming back.

Really nice trail! Water on both sides! Very peaceful. It is paved which was nice and very spacious so plenty of room for people biking and me with my dog!

road biking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail and well shaded

hiking
1 month ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

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!

Nice easy walk. Well marked trail. Lots of butterflies, lizards and turtles were observed.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Love, love, love sesqui. Done the designated mountain bike trail with my eight - year - old and often added several miles to it by venturing out to other trails, then tree - connecting at a later point. The sand, which is plentiful and deep in places, gives my hybrid bike a run for its money, but my son's thicker mountain bike tires are usually ok. There are several trails for hiking, walking, trail running, and mountain biking. Campgrounds for RVs and tents are available, as are playgrounds for kids.
Sesqui is my go - to for a quick workout since I live close by.

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

mountain biking
1 month ago

Pretty great place to get some miles in on your bike. Lots of walkers on paved trail so stay alert if riding bike. Like the small off the paved paths trail to ride through.

hiking
1 month ago

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!!!

great morning trail run!

hiking
2 months ago

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.

Hiked this loop this morning added spiderwoman as well to get something a little more technical. Tons of MTN Bikes on the trails but was still a great hike.

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
3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months 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
4 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
4 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
5 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.

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