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Harbison Long Loop

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 4.0 (1) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A longer loop option for a complete run tour through Harbison State Forest with shade and minimal elevation gain.


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8.0

Miles

12.9

KM

98%

Runnable

364' 111 m

High

196' 60 m

Low

530' 161 m

Up

538' 164 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (1°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Parking passes required ($5/day, $25/year) and can be obtained at fee boxes located in each parking area with cash or purchased online. Gate open Monday - Friday: 9 am - 4:30 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 9 am - 6:30 pm.

Overview

The trails at Harbison can be tricky to navigate with interspersed signage and trail markings. This loop links a handful of the best trails into a complete loop for a solid day run option.

As all trails at Harbison can be traveled in either direction, this track can be adapted to accommodate groups of varying abilities or time constraints (e.g. skip the Midlands Mountain Trail and take the Eagle Trail back to the parking lot for a ~5-mile run).

Need to Know

Open to mountain bikes, closed to horses.

Runner Notes

A great forested trail system to link together separate trails into a variety of mileages with sections of wider, flatter fire road and good shade to escape the heat.

Description

This longer loop is a great way to experience the highlights of Harbison State Forest for first-time visitors or an easy way to almost double the mileage of the popular Firebreak Trail loop.

From Broad River Road (176), look for the Harbison State Forest sign and head north on the forest road, passing the initial parking area and restroom. Follow signs for the State Forest/Education Center entrance onto the gravel roadway through the gate. Continuing toward the Eagle Trail.

From the parking area, head west on the Firebreak Trail to the Firebreak Connector Trail and turn right (north) on this winding, gradual descent to warm up. Stay on the Firebreak Connector Trail until the Stewardship Trail and turn left to continue north across the Service Road.

Follow the Stewardship Trail along the western boundary of the forest through the dense trees passing nearby to some private residences off Lost Creek Dr to the west. Please respect the private property and stay on the marked trail. The trail curves to the right (east) near the northern boundary of the forest, heading toward the Broad River, with a viewpoint around 3.15 miles.

Stay on the Stewardship Trail until the 4-mile mark, looking for a lefthand turn onto the Stewardship Connector toward the Eagle Trail and Midlands Mountain Trail. To cut this loop short, take the Eagle Trail back to the starting point/parking area. To continue on this loop, head east onto the Midlands Mountain Trail, taking the loop in the clockwise direction, staying straight at the first intersection to head toward the river.

This loop, as with most of the trails at Harbison, is popular with mountain bikers, especially the Midlands Mountain Trail Bypass. The Bluff Trail also provides an additional short loop in the southeast corner for more exploration. At the 6.6-mile mark, the Midlands Mountain Trail joins the Firebreak Trail. Turn right (north) for the final 1.5 miles on the Firebreak Trail loop, crossing the service road and passing the Eagle Trail back to the starting point.

Contacts

Land Manager: SC Forestry Commission

Shared By:

Zander Göpfert

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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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Dec 13, 2019 near Irmo, SC
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