State Forest Recreation

Harbison State Forest - Geocache Coin Challenge

In recognition of the South Carolina Forestry Commission’s 90th anniversary, Harbison State Forest created a geocaching course in 2017.  Geocaching is a great family-friendly activity for all ages to get outside and explore our beautiful forests.  The purpose of this course is to educate the public about the South Carolina Forestry Commission (SCFC) and the importance of forestry in our state.  Join us in celebrating nearly a century of forest protection, management and development for the citizens of South Carolina. 

The course follows the established 0.7 mile “Learning Trail” and 0.5 mile “Discovery Trail” which both start at the Education Center – 5600 Broad River Road, Columbia, SC 29212.  The terrain difficulty level is rated as “easy” on these hike-only trails.  Harbison State Forest is also dog-friendly, but please remember to keep your pets on a leash!  There is a $5 daily parking fee for Harbison State Forest and a fee box can be found at the Education Center.
There are seven individual geocaches hidden along these trails, which can be found in 50-cal ammo cans.  Each cache contains a log book and information regarding the divisions and duties within the South Carolina Forestry Commission.  There is an accompanying set of seven questions (1 for each cache) that can be completed and turned into the Education Center.  If you answer all seven questions correctly, you will receive a SCFC coin!

To get started, please check out the instructions page. The answer sheet can be printed at home or picked up from the Education Center. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Beth Foley at or 803-896-8855.


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