Harbison State Forest
(updated: Nov 23, 2009)
So on our way to our annual gathering in Pisgah, Ed, Mark, Jimmy, and I met in Columbia, SC to ride the trails in Harbison State Forest. The park is right off of I-26, so it makes a perfect stop along the way. It would have been difficult to get a ride in if we had driven all the way to Brevard -- we would have had at most one hour before it got dark. This way we maximize the use of daylight and ride time. Plus it's a good break on a long drive.
This is a great little trail system right in Columbia. You can get over 20 miles of riding in easily. I found the trails a little confusing to follow, with letters such as G, X, and Y on markers, but no names, but we figured it out and managed our way around without too much trouble.
They've made good use of the terrain because it is not too hilly but there are some good climbing sections.
I would not recommend riding here after a rain. Water tends to remain on the trails especially in the lower areas for a while.
The best trail here is Spiderwoman II (try as we might, we could find no Spiderwoman I). It's got rocks, switchbacks, and the steepest climbing. Lost Creek Trail and Midlands Mountain Trail are also good.
So next time you go this way check it out. It is a three hour drive from Wilmington. Even if you don't have a lot of time you can still get in a good ride because it's so convenient to access.
Link to Trail Info and Map.
This is either the Middle Connector Trail or Midlands Mountain Trail which leads to Spiderwoman II. A good climb on a nice bench cut trail.
SBA on Lost Creek Trail.
The river was really moving.
Ed on Spiderwoman II.
Nice tech section on Spiderwoman II.
1. Geoff said...
Going to ride Harbison on Thursday, my wife is from Columbia. I've ridden there 5 or 6 times, nice change from BC. I have a nice loop starting on Midlands Mnt East, to Harbison Bluffs, to Spider Woman 2, and back down Midlands. Never attempted Lost Creek.
Nov 24, 2009 @ 1:45 PM
2. Sir GlideBikes said...
It's great to find trails of this quality so close to a major highway. Great job the locals have done, it's a real park with bathrooms and a bike wash and maps. One day maybe Wilmington will get it.
Nov 25, 2009 @ 3:57 PM
3. jaybird said...
This has become my local trail system since I moved to Columbia in July. The local user group continues to build & tweek the trails at Harbison & it is always a pleasure to ride there! Thanks SBA for shining a positive light on the Harbison trail system! BTW, I still haven't found Spiderwoman I either, lol!
Dec 1, 2009 @ 4:28 PM
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