Nature Trail

Croft State Park

Piedmont, South Carolina

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Nature Trail


  • The Nature Trail in Croft State Park.- Nature Trail
  • The Nature Trail in Croft State Park.- Nature Trail
  • Markers guide you along the trail.- Nature Trail
  • Informational signs dot the trail.- Nature Trail
  • Wildflowers grow along the trailside.- Nature Trail
  • Interesting insects and animals can be found along the way.- Nature Trail
  • Man-made stairs help in the steeper areas.- Nature Trail
  • A beautiful portion of the trail close to the mill's ruins.- Nature Trail
  • Fairforest Creek.- Nature Trail
  • Many spur trails lead down to different views of the Fairforest Creek in Croft State Park.- Nature Trail
  • Fairforest Creek from the trailside.- Nature Trail
Overview + Weather
Easy trail. Educational. Swimming areas.
Piedmont, SC
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Net Elevation Gain: 
180.00 ft (54.86 m)
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
1.50 mi (2.41 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
1,020.00 ft (310.90 m)
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description


The Nature Trail at Croft State Park is aptly named. Immediately after passing the threshold of the trailhead, you'll see a multitude of different flora and fauna including various oak and cedar trees, mushrooms, and seasonal wildflowers. Insects indigenous to the upstate South Carolina can be found throughout the trail as well as small game and deer. 

The trailhead is located a quarter-mile from the ranger station on the same gravel road that leads to the horse stables on the right side of the road. The best parking area is behind the equestrian show ring. The trail is an easy 1.5 miles and has very little elevation gain, but it offers a ton of variety for such a small trail. It runs alongside Fairforest Creek for a portion and even crosses by ruins from a stone grist mill as well as a historic bridge. As with the rest of the park, dogs are allowed but must be kept on a leash. 

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