Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Guided tours
No
Backcountry camping
Yes
Lodging
No
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Croft State Park covers more than 7,000 acres in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and offers over 12 miles of biking and hiking trails including the Croft Passage portion of the Palmetto Trail. Equestrians can also use the park and there are horse stables, a show ring, and horse-friendly trails throughout the grounds. The Beech Tree Trail, Fairforest Creek Trail, and Lake Johnson Loop trails are all available for horseback riding. There are two lakes, Lake Johnson and Lake Craig, that are prime spots for trout and bass fishing, and you can rent kayaks, canoes, and fishing boats from the ranger station. You can also put your own boat on the water at the ramp next to the boat house on Lake Craig, but all personal craft are restricted to only electric trolling motors. Swimming is not allowed in the lake, but you can wade in the nearby Fairforest Creek. Croft offers outstanding opportunities for wildlife viewing, especially around Lake Craig, where you might see different varieties of hawks, bald eagles, owls, and other birds of prey.

The park was once the site of cotton and tobacco fields. In the 1940s, when more training facilities were needed for World War II, it was converted into Camp Croft Army Base, and remnants of the training base still remain. The base was named after Major General Edward Croft, a South Carolina Native and U.S. Army Chief of Infantry. The facility was shut down but reopened as a state park in 1949. 

The huge space of the park allows for many picnic areas, campgrounds, a playground, and a skeet shooting range. It is an eclectic and interesting state park and definitely one to add to your adventure list!

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

General Day Use Fee

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Lake activities. Nice trails. Huge trail system.

Cons

None.

Features

Campgrounds + Campsites
Showers
Backcountry camping
Flushing toilets
Boat ramp(s)
Lighthouse
Mountain biking
Bicycling
Potable water
Picnic tables
Old-growth forest
Fishing
Horseback riding
Playground
Bird watching
Wildlife
Big Game Watching
Family friendly

Site type

Full hookups
Cabins

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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