Broad River Canoe
Trail Activities: t
Trail Features: t
- Water Launch
- No Fee
- No Camping
Starting from the Peak access, you will enjoy a leisurely float on the tree lined Broad River. In the spring you can also enjoy blooming Rocky Shoals Spider Lilies in the shallows.
Starting from the Peak access, you will enjoy a leisurely float on the tree lined Broad River. If you enjoy being alone, this is a very secluded part of the Broad River. You may not see many people, but wildlife such as otters, raccoons, deer, and a variety of birds abound, and possibly an eagle. In the spring you can also enjoy blooming Rocky Shoals Spider Lilies in the shallows.
You can go beyond the Harbison Forest Access to the Highway 20 overpass where it is suggested that you turn around, because just beyond is a diversion dam.
Insect repellent is recommended during warm months.
Hours: Dawn to duskDirections:
Access Points (mileage and GPS coordinates are approximate and for reference only):
Mile 0 - (GPS N 34.2498 W 81.3285) - Peak - From Exit 97 (Peak) on I-26, drive north on US 176. Drive approximately 10.5 miles and turn right onto SC 213. Drive approximately 2.4 miles to the Dr. Carrol A. Pinner Bridge and the access is on the left.
Mile 17.0 (GPS N 34.1045 W 81.1180) - Harbison State Forest - From Exit 104 on I-26 (Piney Grove), drive east on Piney Grove and turn left onto Broad River Road. The entrance to Harbison Forest is approximately 1.0 mile on the right. You will need to call 803-896-8890, or stop at the Education Building in Harbison Forest to get permission to their landing.
Mile 22.0 (GPS 34.0479 W 81.0735) - Highway 20 Overpass and suggested turnaround.
Harbison State Forest | 5600 Broad River Road, Columbia, SC 29212 | (803) 896-8890
River Alliance | 506 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC 29201 | (803) 765-2200 | Email
|Trail Segments (Paths)
Trail Features (Points of Interest)
This is a beautiful paddle. We saw a juvenile eagle bathing on this stretch. Also cows were in the water with us at one point. Although it is marked easy, it can be a very long day with virtually no shade when the whether is hot and water is low. Start early and take lots of water. Otherwise, paddle in Spring and Fall when temperatures are milder.