Once an army training base, Croft State Park covers more than 7,000 acres of rolling, wooded terrain just a few miles from downtown Spartanburg. The park offers 12 miles of biking and hiking trails, a playground, picnicking and camping, as well as fishing and boating in one of two lakes.
Horseback riding in South Carolina state parks is widely popular, and Croft is known around the region for its equestrian facilities. The park regularly hosts shows in its arena and boasts more than 20 miles of equestrian trails.
Fishing Information: Enjoy fishing for bass, bream, catfish and crappie in the park lake. A valid South Carolina fishing license is required.
Freshwater Fishing: Yes
Boating and Boat Access: A boat ramp provides private boat access to Lake Tom Moore Craig, a 165-acre watershed. Private boats are permitted on the lake, but are restricted to electric trolling motors.
Boat Ramp: Yes
Playground Equipment: Yes
Picnic Shelters: Yes
Playground: The playground is located in the day-use area near the park office.
Swimming: Swimming is not permitted in the lake, but you may wade in the Fairforest Creek located just off of the Palmetto Trail at the Advance America Bridge at your own risk.
Bird Watching: The area around Lake Craig is ideal for birdwatching. You may see different varieties of hawks, bald eagles, wood ducks and other waterfowl and birds of prey.
Equestrian Stable: Horse stalls rent for $9-11/night.
Equestrian Trails: Croft offers many loop trails, from moderate to strenuous. Please note, we do recommend your horses be shod, but it is not required. Coggins test is required.
The 3.5-mile Rocky Ridge Trail and the 6.5-mile Foster’s Mill Loop are considered strenuous.
The 2.4-mile Lake Johnson Loop, 3.5-mile Fairforest Creek Loop, and 4.5-mile Lake Johnson/Fairforest Creek connector are considered moderate.
Hiking Trails: Croft State Natural Area offers two hiking trails: the one-mile Horace Craig Trail and the 1.5-mile Nature Trail.
Biking Trails: The park has a bike trail that is approximately 15 miles in length.
Camping Information: Each site is packed gravel and has water and electrical hookups. Some sites accommodate RVs up to 40 ft. Twenty-five of the campsites offer 50 amp service. The campground is convenient to restrooms with hot showers.