Explore the most popular birding trails in Croft State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

very good warm up trail

Peaceful stroll in the woods. Trail gets a little overgrown at places, especially near the old mill site but beautiful easy hike. We even saw a big black snake catching some rays near the river.

This trail is NOT 1.5 miles. According to my tracker it was 3 miles. The trail is generally clear; there was an area that had tall grass that was has tall as my 3 year old nephew but that was it. There were a ton of spiderwebs so have a stick ready to knock them down. The trail follows the water quite a bit which was nice. We also came across a large deer. Overall this trail was not too hard and had some diversity in the scenery.

Great, challenging loop that leads to the lake! The best part was hiking in the woods then coming over the hill to find the beautiful lake with the hills. Wonderful way to end the round out the hike.

2 months ago

If you like a straightforward hike with little distractions this is for you. It was very rainy and the trail stayed fairly dry and was easy to follow. Other than a quick lake view and a quick stream view - not much to see.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Pretty good mix of terrain for Mt biking.

The trail was clear and takes you past a view of the river. I went with my daughter and it was an easy hike

8 months ago

We were the only two cars in the parking lot when we arrived at 9am on a Saturday morning. Looking for a trail head the first one we found said Palmetto trail but the only Palmetto trail marked on the park map is way on the other side of the park? Since we didn't want to start off in the wrong place, we decided to continue down the street a little and found the Fairforest Creek trail. We followed it down to the bridge which takes you over to the Southside Trail System. There's a sign at the bridge warning you that it is the only crossing and that the trail system beyond is extensive, to get a map at the park office if you are unfamiliar with it. We followed the Southside Loop Trail clockwise and found it to be pretty well marked. I'd call it an easy to moderate trail (though it did get quite slippery in some place with snow still melting!) We startled a large herd of dear, must have been at least 10, just behind the shooting range of all places but saw only smaller critters after that. On the first half of our hike we didn't encounter anyone and then it did get a little busier (in all we probably ran into 20-25 people, mostly on mountain bikes.) By the time we got back to the parking lot it was packed.

11 months ago

Very well signed trail. A little muddy in spots on the day we chose to go, but other than that we enjoyed it.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Croft state park is a really nice place for last minute hiking trips. Foster Mill Loop is good for trail runners it's rated as moderate but I think it should be dragged down to easy. No good views at all until you get to the side of the lake early in the morning at sunrise or late afternoon at sunset.

Friday, September 08, 2017

Be mindful the map at the park says the trail is around 9.6 miles. A little longer, but still a nice hike. Lots of shade and mostly flat ground.

trail running
Monday, September 04, 2017

It was a very difficult trail for running. There are roots, Stones and horse apples :-) on the trail. I´ve seen some roe and deers. This trail is nothing for People without Training/ practise. It was very funny to run this trail.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Friday, August 18, 2017

It says 1.5 miles, however we do 1.5 a good bit and this felt longer our Fitbit agreed and said it was over 2 miles. Very shady though. Some parts really worked my dogs.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Good family hike. This loop is hiking only so no bikes or horses.

Monday, July 03, 2017

Great trail. Close to home and pretty easy. The whole loop is actually 9.6 miles if you stay on the designated "Southside Loop Trail". AllTrails tells you to right (if you're walking it clockwise) in the far right hand corner but the trail actually lead around to Foster Mill Road I believe. You will be on it for a very short portion but that had me thinking I was lost for a little while lol

Sunday, June 18, 2017

its a nice park, but cant go on some of the longer trails without stepping in horse shit

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Great little trail. The sections by the water are rewarding. Our dogs enjoy the trail as well! Keep your eyes open for deer...

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The area down by the river really makes this a great short hike with the kids. They played in the water and had a blast even finding the geocache placed in the area. Lots of fun, my only regret would be to bring a packed lunch.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Great hike with the kids. There is ruins of an old mill foundation and some signs giving history along the trail. Great hike with an option to check out the river at some specific points. Lots of fun.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

This track adds some to the existing trail on Alltrails, We followed the trail markers carefully, the trail is very well marked with the exception of one the longer hills.There was a descent variety of trail, but nothing hard. We did catch a glimpse of a deer we startled as we hiked. A very short portion of the trail in on Foster Mill Circle (gravel road).

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Nice trail, you have to share the trail with mountain bikers. It is very flat along the river and a little hilly on the ridge. Overall a great hike.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Great trail if you don't mind getting a little dirty. Not very busy, which I love!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Good trail, some information or history of cemetery would have been interesting.

Monday, May 16, 2016

place is just awesome. it the only place that you can camp,mountain bike, hike, fish, boat, and Road bike. I love this place

mountain biking
Monday, May 16, 2016

one of the best place to ride in Spartanburg. remember it's mountain biking not track riding it's supposed to be alil rough

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

had a great time, so pretty!

mountain biking
Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Nice single track. Great downhills and some tough climbs. Reminded me a little of Tsali. Can't wait to go back.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The Nature Trail is a lovely, easy 1.5 mile loop with a lot of placards describing different trees, which is interesting. You access it by walking farther up a road that goes off the main parking lot, where horse shows are held. Just stroll up about a tenth of a mile, or so, to trailhead on right.

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