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Perhaps the finest trail at Harbison State Forest, this blue blazed, moderately difficult 2.7 mile loop trail provides the feeling of hiking in the mountains. It starts with a steep climb to a ridge, but once on top the rest is easier. This trail passes through the Broad River floodplain, so there are times when the going can be very muddy. In that event, follow a "detour" trail along the ridge. Approximately halfway into the trail, you can also watch for a short spur to Harbison Bluffs where there is a great view of the Broad River. As the name says, this is a multi-use trail, so mountain bikers and hikers share the narrow path. There are many interconnecting trails in the state forest, so you have the opportunity to vary both the length and difficulty of your hike. Drinking water and restrooms are available at the Environmental Education Center.

Directions: From Columbia, Drive west on Interstate 26 west and exit at Harbison Boulevard. Turn left onto Harbison Boulevard and drive to Broad River Road. Turn right and the entrance to Harbison State Forest is on the left, just beyond the next traffic signal. Once in the forest, follow the gravel road for approximately 1.5 miles to Parking Area 5 on the right.

Distance: 2.7 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

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Harbison State Forest, South Carolina

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