Explore the most popular hiking 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.

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

hiking
4 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.

We just 3 miles into the trail and back. Nice trail. Well marked. We were pleasantly surprised with a picnic table at 2.9 Miles in.

backpacking
6 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.

hiking
8 months ago

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.

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
8 months ago

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.

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.

This was a good hike. It had some hills in it, and some spots were worn (would be muddy after rain) from horses. The trail was well-marked; however, make sure that if you want to do this loop via Whitestone Spring, that you take UPPER Rocky Ridge rather than LOWER where they split! The spring was cool (in both ways ;) and right near it, the creek runs through a sluice between rocks, making wonderful sounds. There's not an "official" state park entrance on Whitestone Road; look for the PVC-covered chain gate just north of Cowford Bridge Rd.

hiking
10 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

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

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

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

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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).

Great trail, good trail to find some running cedar which is used as Christmas decorations, there are a couple of creek crossings on fallen trees, test your balance. There is a lower Rocky Ridge trail, unfortunately it is currently closed due some repair work needed on a bridge.

hiking
Friday, December 09, 2016

Good moderate trail with a few steep climbs. Enjoyable hike.

hiking
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!

hiking
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

walking
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.

mountain biking
Sunday, March 06, 2016

I have enjoyed hiking here a number of times, but today I tried it on my mountain bike (after a long hiatus).This trail was a lot of fun on a bike, and it is great for a wide range of skill levels. It is technical enough to keep it interesting, but there's nothing too scary. A great choice for the casual rider, I think.

Saturday, March 05, 2016

This is a nice park to explore when you don't have time to make it up to the mountains. You can get a good workout in and the lake is very pretty. There are a lot of horses on the trails which means you need to constantly be on the look out for manure.

hiking
Sunday, February 07, 2016

Rolling pine hills, some creek and lake views, lot of horse traffic. Did a 9,5 mile loop

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