Harbison State Forest
5600 Broad River Road, Columbia, SC
Open daily dawn to dusk
Just 15 minutes from downtown Columbia lies 2,135 acres of protected land along the Broad River. In an area that isn’t known for its extensive trail system, the Harbison State Forest is an amazing resource for those looking to get in a great workout in a natural environment! The forest boasts over 18 miles of designated hiking, running, and cycling trails with difficulty levels ranging from easy to challenging. The trail system is well marked, with colored signs indicating the trail and turns, but there are also large maps at crossings throughout the forest. Paper maps are also available if you’re concerned about getting lost!
The trails are shared by cyclists, hikers, and runners, so it is important to be alert. Peak times are the early evening hours, and although the trails are never crowded, you’re likely to see other people while you’re out. Dogs are allowed as well, and many are off-leash, so be prepared. It is recommended that you bring your own water, as there are no designated water fountains in the park. The trails are sometimes closed after heavy rain events, and cyclists should exercise caution in the mud. If you’re looking for a natural setting and some real trails for your workout, Harbison State Forest is the perfect option near Columbia!