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1,200 feet of the Midlands Mountain Trail has just been replaced with 4,300 feet of new, sustainable trail!!!

The new, longer, sustainable, rerouted trail removed heavy bike usage from 1,200 feet of existing trail in the flood plain of the Broad River and provided additional trail for all user groups. The new trail was constructed in accordance with current best management practices and sustainable trails technology, which significantly minimizes erosion and run-off into the Broad River.

This project is an extension of the 5,000 ft. of new trail constructed on the Midlands Mountain Trail with the 2013 RCCC grant. The contractor, Denos Contos with Benchmark Trails, Harbison Forest Manager, James Miller, and Friends Board member, Harry Mathis, completed flagging the new trail on January 3, 2014. The contractor completed construction on March 6, 2014. 15 volunteers reclaimed the obsolete trail on May 10, 2014, to minimize erosion and facilitate restoration. A sign was installed on the trail recognizing the public/private partnership funding by:
  • The Richland County Conservation Commission
  • Half-moon Outfitters
  • Cherokee Construction
  • Friends of Harbison State Forest
Thanks to all who made the New Trail possible!

Harbison State Forest is the largest urban green space in the Southeast. Friends of Harbison State Forest is a non-profit organization founded to preserve and promote the recreational and educational aspects of this urban forest resource. Our initial emphasis is planning, designing and building sustainable new trails while maintaining and upgrading the current trail system.
Harbison State Forest needs your support!


Don't miss out on the Events at Harbison Forest!

National Trails Day
Saturday, June 6th

Celebrate National Trails Day with Friends at Harbison State Forest

---Bike, Run, Hike, Walkó

the health benefits are priceless!!!


  • 7am trail runs for beginning & advanced runners
  • 9:30am mountain bike ride for more advanced riders*
  • 10:30am trail ride for beginner to intermediate riders and families*
  • maps available for self-guided hikes anytime
Friends of Harbison Forest will be handing out water & giving new water bottles to all new and renewing members

*helmets required for all bike rides

Check the Calendar for information on all upcoming events

What's the Latest News??

(Last Updated by: Harry at 06:22, August 15th)

Recent Trail Work

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...Details below...

Midlands Mountain Logging Road-To-Trail

We are finished with the first section. Once
the forest manager gives us the OK we will
start on the next phase. This entails
converting the double track logging road into a
single track trail. Except for about 500 feet
of reroute at the bridge the new trail will
stay within the current road corridor.

We will have plenty of opportunities for you to
get involved. We are excited about the trail
improvements and reroutes and need your help to
continue the progress. Please watch for work
day notices here, on Facebook and in emails.

What's Happening on the Trails?

Trail Work News
AUGUST WORK DAY....Look forward to
seeing you!

WHEN: Saturday August 22nd
9:00 am-12:30!

WHERE: Gather in the Ed Center parking
lot by 9am.

WHAT: We will be working on
Stewardship...fixing up the trail
surface...between the river field road and the
parking area.

Remember: Bring gloves, snacks and

Questions? Contact Harry (cell# 803-
605-3120) or post on the Friend's Facebook page

If you can't stay the whole time even an hour
or two is a big help! It is absolutely OK to
take a break from your run/ride and grab a
tool...we WILL NOT stop you!


Much like closure measures used in other areas
to protect trails from damage due to wet
weather, Harbison's great trails now have
protection. During heavy rain events and for
24 hours after, trail users will be directed to
stay off the trails. You may still run, walk
or ride the gravel roads. Soon, Friends will
have more information about this process,
including directions to the alternate routes,
displayed at our new kiosk. The forest map
already shows the gravel roads.


If you would like to help with any of our
activities, please call Harry at 803-605-3120
or James Miller at the Forest Office.

Watch Marie McAden from the SC Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism:

Our thanks go to all those whose pictures are being used on the website. These photographs prove there is beauty all around us for those who have eyes to see.

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