Harbison State Forest

Over 2,000 acres of forestland, 18 miles worth of trails and just nine miles from Columbia is Harbison State Forest. Perfect for outdoor enthusiasts, hikers and bikers, and those just wanting to get outside and stretch their legs, this tucked away Greenland oasis is perfect for your weekend plans. 

Biking: This state forest is particularly suited for mountain bikers because of the numerous trails and varying levels of difficulties. With six biking trails ranging from moderate to difficult, you’ll want to pack a lunchbox to spend all day out here then enjoy the picnic shelter. Most notable is the Lost Creek trail, five miles in length with steep climbs and terrain changes this trail has earned itself a “difficult rating.” Bikers must wear a helmet and follow rules posted by the state forest. 

Hiking: Get some fresh air and get your daily steps in at one of the 10 hiking trails Harbison State Forest has to offer. Trails range in difficulty and distance, you can find a complete map of the forest and trails here. If you’re looking for a light, informational trail, try out the Eagle Trail. This short hike features trees labeled with their common and scientific names. Did your pup come along for the trip? Don’t leave them at home! These trails are for both of you to enjoy, just make sure they’re on a leash. 

Geocaching: If geocaching is something that you like to do wherever you travel, look no further. This worldwide “game” uses a GPS or cell phone to seek containers called “caches,” marked by coordinates, that typically contain logbooks where the seeker can sign their name and a note. Harbison State Forest has seven caches hidden along the Learning and Discovery trails. This family-friendly activity is perfect for exploring the forest and educating one another on the importance of forestry and preservation.

Bounded along its northeastern edge by the Broad River, Harbison Environmental Education Forest encompasses 2,177 acres of forestland only nine miles from downtown Columbia. Its unique urban…