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Stewardship Trail

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

3.8 mile 6.1 kilometer loop
95% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 356' 108 m
Descent: -362' -110 m
High: 320' 97 m
Low: 193' 59 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 18% (10°)

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A great trail with just enough roots, rocks, and a few ups and downs.

Matt Desautel

Features River/Creek · Wildlife

Park open dawn until dusk.

Description

Stewardship Trail is a well-marked (green blaze) singletrack trail that offers a couple nice creek crossings. Throughout your scamper about with forest critters, you'll have the unique opportunity to practice your footwork as you scramble over rocks, roots, and dodge the occasional bicycle.

In general, the Stewardship Trail is one of Harbison Forest's more remote trails so it tends to offer more solitude than Firebreak or Midlands Mountain trails.

From the Firebreak Connector Trail, turn left (note: this is a loop so technically it can be taken in either direction, clockwise is just the way I went the day I mapped the trail). Continue to follow the trail across the dirt access road and past the houses. After two stream crossings, you'll cross the dirt service road again, the next section of the trail parallels the Broad River. Keep an eye to your left for a side trail that offers a pretty nice view of the river and a nice bench to take a break if needed.

After crossing the third dirt service road, you’ll travel approximately 0.25 miles and make a hard right to stay on Stewardship (note: if you cross a good-sized creek and see signs for Midlands Mountain you passed the turn). After turning, the trail is easy to follow with one more dirt road crossing (this is the actual access road and parking area if you were to drive in and not connect from Firebreak) and then back to the Firebreak Connector Trail.

Flora & Fauna

Deer, rabbits, unknown varmints rooting around in the undergrowth, pesky squirrels.

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Land Manager: SC Forestry Commission

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Stewardship Trail is often covered in leaves during the winter.
Feb 21, 2017 near Saint A…, SC

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