Trail Activities: t

  • Hike
  • Mountain Bike


3.4 miles




Natural, Gravel, Boardwalk

Difficulty: Moderate

Trail Features: t

  • Parking
  • Restrooms
  • Water Launch
  • Trail Head
  • Scenic Observation
  • Pets
  • Fee
  • No Camping


The Stewardship Trial descends off a ridge and flattens out as is approaches the river.

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Harbison State Forest offers a number of interconnected hiking and biking trails. Stewardship is an easy to moderately challenging loop trail, which is used by runners, hikers, and mountain bikers. Starting at Parking Area 6 on the far north end of the gravel access road, you will follow gentle slopes and fairly level terrain through a wooded area. At approximately .7 mile, you can take a short spur (100 yards) and rest on benches that offer a good view of Broad River. When you turn away from the river, you will encounter steeper slopes and a more rocks. You will cross small bridges, over gullies, and creeks as you wind around the northern perimeter of the forest where the pines are intermingled with hardwoods. Watch for wildlife, including white-tailed deer, and a variety of birds, lizards, and snakes. If you want to extend your hike or ride, at approximately 2.4 miles you can take the Connector Trail to the Firebreak Trail.

Water and restrooms are available at the gazebo area and the Environmental Education Center. Pets are permitted on leashes.

Fees: Check the following website for fee information.

For trail status, please call (803) 896-8897.

The Harbison State Forest trail system is maintained with the help of the Friends of Harbison State Forest.


From Exit 104 on I-26 northwest of Columbia: Drive east on Piney Grove Road to Broad River Road (US 176). Turn left and the entrance to Harbison State Forest is approximately one mile on the right. Pass through the gates and follow the gravel road for about 2 miles to Parking Area 6 on the right.

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Harbison State Forest | 5600 Broad River Road, Columbia, SC 29212 | (803) 896-8890

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Lat: 34.10445237029897
Long: -81.12738681020369