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Harbison State Forest

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Address: 5500 Broad River Rd, Columbia, SC 29212-3543
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Over 20 miles of mountain biking and hiking trails from beginners to...

Over 20 miles of mountain biking and hiking trails from beginners to expert. Trails are very well maintained.

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Mountain Bike Hangout

The MTB and jogging trails are very nice. The hikes are good but nothing remarkable. It's close to the city and that is the biggest attraction.

Reviewed 16 October 2016
dla455
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Blythewood, South Carolina
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Blythewood, South Carolina
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29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2016

The MTB and jogging trails are very nice. The hikes are good but nothing remarkable. It's close to the city and that is the biggest attraction.

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Baghdad, Iraq
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24 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

Great for long trails, well enough to bike or push a stroller. I did a 4 mile one and it was great. Didn't see any scary wildlife so that was good

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Thank Sadie T
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10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 July 2016

We love this park! It is a BIT harder to navigate than some others, so that is why it got only 4 stars from us. But that hasn't stopped us from going. It has nice hiking type trails that are a bit more rustic, but all well maintained. NOT a good idea for strollers for most of the trails. But... More 

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Thank Michel D A
Columbia, South Carolina
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43 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 July 2016

Harbison State Forest is a natural oasis just outside of Irmo and Columbia. The hiking trails are numerous and varied, and mountain biking is also permitted.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 2016

excellent technical single track for cyclists and runners. lots of switchbacks and shade. love to go here with my daughter and get away from it all while being so close to shopping and food options in NW Cola

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Columbia, South Carolina
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 June 2016

When you pull into the forest there is a parking lot on the left and you will need to fill out the form and deposit your fee int he box, place it tag in your car. If the forest is open you can actually drive further in and park closer to the river. Trails are nice and easy walking and... More 

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Thank apalyok2015
South Carolina
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42 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 April 2016

The river carved this area into hills and bluffs. Great for hiking and it has varied plant life for the midlands. If you hike or run there, be alert for mountain bikers...frequently they do not call out to warn you they are coming.

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Thank James B
Edisto Island, South Carolina
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60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 April 2016

Harbison State Forest has awesome trails - several different ones which are color coded. There is trail guide at the parking lot. There is a $5 fee to park (or $25 for an annual pass). Be sure to have correct change as there is a drop box for the fee. You can hike or bike the trails. Trails are well... More 

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Columbia, Maryland
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43 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2016

I specifically chose the Midland trail because on the map it seemed to go right by the river - But the river was far enough away with enough forest between the path and the water we could see nothing. Even the Bluff Overlook didn't show much water. However, the hike was lovely, through gorgeous pine forest and other flora and... More 

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Carson City
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18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2016

Haven't had the opportunity to explore all the trails, but the ones I have been on have been clean and nicely kept!

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Thank Kitner D

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