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Level: Intermediate
Length: 20 mi (32.2 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +483/448 ft
Total: 235 riders
 

Mountain Biking Harbison State Forest

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#18 of 110 mountain bike trails in South Carolina
#1491 in the world

There are about 20 miles of trails here from beginner to intermediate. Trails are well marked and maps are available at parking area. Please consider riding elsewhere if there has been a recent rain, this forest holds water too well. Also, trails are shared with hikers, and some trails are hiking only. Dogs are allowed, and bathrooms are available. Harbison State forest now charges $5.00 a day for bikin' or $25.00 per year for a permit. For more information: Call (803) 896-8800.

First added by searsandrewj on Apr 30, 2020. Last updated Apr 30, 2020. → add an update
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Getting there
Exit Broad River Road (Exit #65), go north (actually northwest) for about 3 miles (until you see Smokey the Bear sign on right, you will also pass several prison facilities on right), look for sign on right for Harbison State Forest, parking lot is there.
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Harbison State Forest, SC/ Felt Compulsion…
 
12/30/2011 7:24 PM 1stRide(1)
 
 

Mountain Bike Trails Near Columbia, South Carolina

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Beginner | 5 mi
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Beginner | 8 mi

Rider questions

Q: Do you have to pay
A: You pay for parking. $5 daily or $25 annually.

Q: Is there any camping available in the park?
A: There are some areas on the north side of the forest along the gravel loop road where scouts occasionally camp. There is also a spot by the canoe landing near the Broad River. I have never camped in HSF but have seen others doing so. Best to contact the rangers office to get the 411.

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  • Russell Turpin
    *****

    Harbison is a great place to ride. It is truely a intermediate trail. It has a little bit of everything...single tracks, skinny's, drops, switchbacks, even a bike wash station.

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  • mvflorida
    *****

    Great trail. Flows like there's no tomorrow in some areas...Will be back from Savannah

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  • Gregory James
    *****

    One of my first rides when I started in 2013. Great trail system for all novice to expert mountain bikers.

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  • rebelrouser
    *****

    Best trails in Columbia area. All levels and great scenery. About 85% of the trails are shaded.

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  • caissus1860
    ***

    fun trail to get some mileage on in the Columbia, SC area. There are two more specific mtb trails that are a lot of fun and have good flow and technical features to challenge the intermediate rider. Lost Creek Trail loop was my least favorite trail section at the state forest as it seemed to have little continuity or flow(for lack of a better term). it was hard to maintain speed or any kind of rhythm on that trail. Trail signage needs replaced in some of the outlying trail areas as it has become unreadable due to weather. It is required to pay $5 to park in the main parking areas.

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  • James Lichty
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    This is my home course so I am biased. You will find a lot of very good XC trails and a segment of very difficult technical trails (Spiderwoman). Trails are always being improved and the MTB/ trail running social life of this park is lively. Can be crowded on nice weekends and HOT in the summer but always a fun ride.

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  • Anthony Haufler
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    This is a great track to train at! There's all types of terrain. It is a very fast track. Just keep an eye out for runners and dog walkers. Yes you can get lost. I won the 2016 SC state championship at Harbison! :)

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  • MWH2
    *****

    Lost creek is my fave! Love this place. Trails from beginner to advanced. I've done them all.

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  • Irongrave
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    Great trail network and the Midlands trail is a blast. I only wish there was more signage as you can get "lost" quickly if you are new to the trails

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  • Eric Steven Thompsen
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    Rode with my two kids (9 and 11) and wife. Did the Midland Mountain trail and it was good but a little too much for the kids. Can't wait to go back

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  • pg_osborne89
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    Pretty nice trail system. They have some work to do on certain parts to get them to drain properly. I didn't get to ride spider woman and a couple others due to rain 2 days earlier.
    Has some rocky bits but nothing too challenging, also some big pine roots.
    Shared with hikers so keep an eye out. It was a cold MLK Jr Day but still had a lot of foot traffic. I would ride these a couple times a week if I lived in Columbia. I made the drive from N Charleston. Probably would have been worth it if all the trails were open.
    A lot of pretty girls running and hiking so don't wreck or you'll be embarrassed.

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  • C-Lo   ✓ supporter
    *****

    Very nice trail from what I have ridden so far. I did about 13 miles of the trails. The trails are well marked. I had a lot of fun. The $25 is well worth it for the annual membership if you spend a lot of time in the area. I feel like I got my money's worth already. The majority of the trail I was on today was single track with a few fire roads. There were a lot of hikers out today but they shared the trails with no problems. The best sections were spider woman II and the bluffs.

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  • paulnshawn
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    There are a couple of trails here that I really like. Spiderwoman II is a really good, very technical trail with a very challenging rock garden,some steep climbs, and a lot of tight terrain. Also, there is a section called "The Bluffs" that is not on the trail map but can be found between Midland Trail and the river. This is a short but very technical trail with a very narrow section cut into the side of a steep hill high above the river. The optical illusion that the hill creates makes it a challenge to stay on the narrow trail although the trail itself is very manageable. Overall these two trails are a lot of fun!

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  • Brettsummer
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    I'm giving this a 4 star everything was awesome it had wider roads to warm up on and ride with family and narrower ones with a little speed (spider) as well as a section I found on the mountain trail that had some switchbacks as well. That being said the flow wasn't that great and without there being one trailhead the map is a cluster of lines and hard to realize where you are sometimes

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  • Leroy Shook
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    I ended up in Harbison because I was at USC teaching a summer class. The local bike shop pointed me there. When arriving the parking lot was full so I expected the trails to be packed. They were not. I rode every trail in their system and had a blast. Being from WV and having Snowshoe in my back yard, it was nice to have a good flowing non technical place to ride. The trails are very well maintained and marked well. I rode all of the loops, some of them twice, over the course of the weekend. I am not sure how SC rates their trails but ALL, with the exception of Spiderwoman, were very easy, flowing and fun. Spiderwoman has two or so small rocky technical sections but other than that, was fun as well. I gave this system a 5 star because I would love to have a nice trail system near me.

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  • *****

    I'm a newby at this but we are having a blast. The trails are fast and offer challenges to help improve my skills. I have been riding for a couple months now. I absolutely love everything about the sport....wish I could ride everyday!!!

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  • *****

    I've only been one time so far but that's all it took for me to get hooked. The trails were amazing with great variety. Will be going back for a long time.

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  • ****

    I totally agree with the last review. This was a great trail. Plenty of variety. If you want to ride a easy rolling singletrack it's there if you want more technical riding you can get that on spider woman. great experience had a blast!

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