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Harbison State Forest

Average Rating:    (3.83 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 52

Hardpack, not very technical. A few good climbs along the gravel road and the "Midlands" trail. Gets very muddy in the winter and may be closed during those times.
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Latitude
34.08351672471427
Longitude
-81.13574981689453
Trail Directions
Take I-26 to Harbison Blvd. Head the opposite direction from the mall, which can be seen from either side of the highway. Turn right onto Broad River Rd. Park in the main parking lot to Harbison State Forest, which is about 1/4 mile on the left. There is a small trail fee.
Trail Length
12 miles
Trail Level
Beginner
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Columbia
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Review Date
November 28, 2016

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Vespasianus ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
My story: I had moved down in the summer from the Philly area to Charleston, SC. My normal rides were the Wiss, Green lane, Belmont, Noxs, High Rocks, White clay and Fair Hill. All fantastic places that were anywhere from 25 minutes to 90 minutes away. I grew up next to Fair hill so that even that involved a trip less than 5 minutes from a home.

So, Charleston is nice. The area is very flat with few rocks. This place was mentioned as a potential "decent trail" so I decided to make the 2 hour trip from Charleston to Harbison.

The place was easy to find and the trails are all well marked. The trails are all very smooth with some occasional roots and rocks but nothing that would be called technical. There was enough elevation and directional change to make the ride enjoyable.

I did feel that I went down more than up, which is not a bad thing. I think you could vary the direction to get some more climbing out of the trail network.

Overall, this is a very nice place to ride. Very similar to White clay for those that know the riding in the Philly/Delaware area.

Recommended Route:
We parked at the main lot and took the Firebreak trial to the lost creek trail. Looped back to the Stewardship trail and hopped on the midlands trail to spiderwomen. We ended up looping back on the midlands and down the joint midlands firebreak to the parking lot.

Spiderwomen is a nice trail and a must if you ride the area. People mentioned a rock garden but we did not really encounter this. There was one nice climb right next to the river that had some rocks but I would not consider that a rock garden in any shape or form. Could we have missed a portion of the trail?



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Review Date
May 16, 2015

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Gail Delzell ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
For the second time in two weeks I visited the State Forest. The first time I went with a friend and noticed the lack of trail signs. Fortunately, we only got lost a few times. Yesterday I went by myself and was lost for two of my three hour hike. This is very frustrating, because I enjoy the area.

I was on the Firebreak trail, the Midlands Mountain trail, and I think the Spiderwoman II trail.

None of the bikers knew where they were, but were very courteous!

Recommended Route:
An easy trail close to the entrance of the park, like the Learning trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Last week my friend and I were on the Stewardship trail and enjoyed that.



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Review Date
August 22, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: johnnydragonfly ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
These trails can be a blast. I hit it twice a week and get a full adrenaline shot each time.

Recommended Route:
Here's my route/16 miles=Hell of a good time: parking lot, straight to the forest via Fire Break. At the 3 point split off(1.2 miles) go right and jump the wedge ramp hard. Keep trucking 1/2 mile and go right at the "watersheds" downhill/Fire Break. Cross the creek, uphill climb, and take a left at the 2nd Midlands Mountain trail marker. Next marked left, and have fun downhill whoops. Now climb some more single track and take the 2nd Spider Woman entrance. Downhill fun and fast with some quick tight uphill sections. Keep going until you see the "Interior Loop". Take it for a 3/4 Mile climb and follow the trail markers and you'll arrive at the "Rock Garden". This is technical, but very rewarding. Follow Spider Woman through back to Midlands Mountain and pick up Stewardship. Stay left on Stewardship for the full loop, which will include a super fun downhill switchy tail with jumps followed by easy climbs and scenery. After the full loop You will re ride a small part, take Fire Break all the way back to where you started. This can take between 2hrs. or a little more and is a great way to kill four hours a week. Lost Creek is okay and there are lots of variations at Harbison. But this set of loops is by far my favorite. Enjoy the ride.



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Review Date
January 27, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: kona slim ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Traveling through Columbia, I've ridden the Harbison trails and always enjoy what's there. There's a good mix and nothing too difficult and has appeal for everyone. You can go as hard as you want on virtually any trail and get a good workout. If you want more just go to a bigger chainring. If it's not technical enough then look north to the mountains. It's close to the interstate and easy to find. Columbia has great terrain for cross country type riding. It's certainly not the mountains of NC but it does offer the traveler a chance to ride in a different area. I really like the spider woman and lost creek area. Whether you have an hour or a half day don't pass on Harbison. I only wish there was more like it in the Columbia area.

Recommended Route:
Spider Woman / Lost Creek



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Review Date
April 15, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Nzate10 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is a surprizing collection of loops close to the busy city of harbison. The trails are well marked and are fairly mellow with loops fitting almost any skill level. I start my ride on firebreak east, riding backwards from the parking lot. I start on "L" which is fire break. If you go this way, you will run into a nice downhill section with what i would call rollers, but if your brave (or dumb like me) you can turn these into massive doubles. Its a blast either way. You are running down toward the river (broad) so it is mostly mellow and down hill. Once u make it to "h" be ready for a vicious experience to follow. From "h" the trail bends back around to Spider Woman II. This trail stomped me. It is viscious. It would probably be easier to ride from the opposite entrance, but its a work out no matter what. Spider Woman II is extremely technical. Some sections are fast, but the whole trail is fairly tight and keep you on your toes. There is a rock garden about a third of the way in from the back side. This is a REAL rock garden, not a Carolina version. If you havn't ridden one, be prepared to be challenged. The lines are hard to find and the only way to make it through is with practice. The trail is fun beyond that with the exception of the climbs. They don't switch back up the hill, but instead climb straight up some pretty gnarly grades. It has some wet spots with roots, so keep your momentum. I'm on a full suspension with five and a half inches of travel and i still had some issues with roots and ruts. Very challenging but fun. By the time i'm done with Spider Woman II, im about dead. It will take it out of you for sure, even if it is short. From Spider Woman II, I head towards "D" and then to "Y" which is Fire Break West. This runs back to the main parking area. This is a short ride, but it will put it to you. Other than that, there are some muddy spots if it has rained recently, but its ok since there is a bike wash station. There are bathrooms everywhere and kiosk that all have maps and trail maps as well. Well maintained, and just nice to ride.

Recommended Route:
backwards...L to J, J to H, H to spiderwoman, spiderwoman to R/Q, R/Q to D, D to Y, Y to A and your done

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Long Cane/Parsons Mountain
Lynches Woods
Brickhouse



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