Croft State Natural Area

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Croft State Natural Area

South Carolina

(864) 585-1283

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Things To Do

Overview

The Croft State Natural Area is in the center of fast-growing Spartanburg County, and is known to guests as a popular "green retreat". Whether you are a biking enthusiast, an experienced or novice hiker, or just looking for a place to have a nice picnic, this park is for you. Over 12 miles of biking and hiking trails are available, along with a playground for the kids. Picnic sites, campsites, and fishing and boating are also recreational opportunities to be had here. The 150-acre Lake Craig attracts visitors from all over. This Natural Area also boasts much-used equestrian facilities. This park is a regular host for shows in its arena, and has over 20 miles of equestrian facilities and 55 stalls. Once hailed as an Army training base that covers almost 12 miles of rolling, wooded terrain, this gorgeous location is known to also provide a rich habitat for many plants and animals.

Map of Croft State Natural Area (SC)

Latitude, Longitude: 34.863399, -81.840873

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Activities

  • Boating

    A boat ramp provides private boat access to Lake Tom Moore Craig, a 150-acre watershed. Private boat are restricted to electric trolling motors. Non-motorized fishing boats for rent.

  • Bicycling

    Approximately 16 miles of bike trails.

  • Camping

    To make a camping reservation, call 1-866-345-PARK. Note: Camping reservations must be made for at least 2 nights. You must make a reservation request directly through the park if you request less than 1 day before check-in.

  • Fishing

    Enjoy fishing for bass, bream, catfish and crappie in the park lake. A valid South Carolina fishing license is required.

  • Hiking

    Croft State Natural Area offers two hiking trails: Horace Craig Trail (1 mile) and Nature Trail (1.5 miles).

  • Horseback Riding

    The equestrian trails offer over 21 miles of densely forested habitats. The park includes four loop trails and one connector.

  • Picnicking

    Three picnic shelters are available for family or other group gatherings.

Seasonality/Weather

Office Hours run from 11:00 a.m. to noon & 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Standard Time Hours run from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; extended to 8:00 p.m. on Fri; Daylight Savings Time Hours: Mon-Sun 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Directions

Driving

From I-85: Take exit 78. Get on Hwy. 221 and take Hwy. 176 to Country Club Rd. Turn right on Country Club Rd. Turn left at the light (Hwy. 56). Stay on Hwy. 56, turn left onto Dairy Ridge Rd. and follow signs.

From I-26 Southbound: Take exit 22, go east on Hwy. 296. for approximately one mile, turn onto Hwy. 295 until it intersects with Hwy 56. Turn right onto Hwy. 56, then take a left at Dairy Ridge Rd. and follow signs.

From I-26 Northbound:Take exit #52 onto Hwy 56. Go N for 30 mi. Turn rt onto Dairy Ridge Rd. And follow signs.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(864) 585-1283

Campground reservations

(866) 345-7275

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