Harbison State Forest is a unique public green space within the boundaries of Columbia, South Carolina. Located just nine miles north of the city center, the 2,200-acre forest area is located along the scenic Broad River. The forest is the largest urban green space in the southeast and offers opportunities for environmental entertainment and education. Harbison State Forest is a quiet and peaceful area where visitors can lose the fact that they are in the midst of a growing urban area.
The forest is a combination of pine trees, short leaf and long leaves plus a variety of hardwoods along the river basin. The terrain ranges from hills and deception to the bottom along the Brod River. More than 18 miles of roads and trails have been dedicated to hiking, jogging, hiking and mountain biking. Trails range from easy to hard. Cycling is allowed only in designated lanes, and permits are required. Discovery Trail and Learning Trail contain natural exhibits that promote responsible land management. There are outdoor classes along these trails too. Cooked Pine Trail is a fairly difficult passage that leads to a seasonal or seasonal pond. Stewardship Trail leads hikers to the Broad River. Mountain biking is allowed in Firebreak Trail, Midlands Mountain Multiple Use Trail, Lost Creek Trail and Spider Woman II Trail. It is among the longest paths in the park and has the toughest terrain, with some steep climbing and rocky areas that can be traversed.
Landing on the Broad River provides access to canoes and canoes. This part of the river has quiet water with almost no slopes. It's a popular section for rowing, canoes, canoes. River users must submit a basic floatation plan at the education center.
The Harbison Environmental Learning Center is used for educational programs related to forest ecosystems. Visitors can see the exhibits and performances in the building. A variety of workshops, conferences and teacher training days are held throughout the year. Outside the Learning Center, visitors may see a fire tower and a work shop. Other facilities at Harbison State Forest include large picnic shelters, bathrooms and playgrounds.
Harbison State Forest is located at 5500 Broad River Road. It is easily accessible from I-26 on Harbison Road. Daily parking costs $ 5 per vehicle and is paid in the on-site fee boxes in the car park.