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Croft State Park
Copyright: - South Carolina Dept of Parks, Recreation and Tourism
Croft State Park
Description - Once part of a World War II Army training camp, Croft today is a popular park for area residents as well as out-of-state visitors. The adventurous park visitor may visit several cemeteries from early settlers, or numerous remnant Army structures. Its rolling terrain of 7,054 acres includes a wide variety of facilities. The park has 21 1/2 miles of equestrian trails, a stable and show ring. Horse shows are held regularly by a local equestrian club. There is a moderate two-mile hiking trail. The sheer size of the park provides an extremely large variety of habitats for deer, wild turkey and many other species.

The park includes 50 campsites which are available on a first-come, first-served basis, except for 2 sites which may be reserved exclusively for the handicapped. 5 sites accommodate RV's up to 40 ft., others up to 30 ft. Day-use facilities include a park store, hiking trail, equestrian trails, stables, and show ring. Enjoy fishing for for bass, bream, crappie and catfish. Private boats are restricted to trolling motors only. Picnic shelters are also available.

Recreation - This large park has many facilities and offers numerous recreation opportunities. Camping, picnicking, fishing, boating, hiking, and horseback riding.

Climate - South Carolina generally has a temperate climate, with cool winters and warm, humid summers. Snow and freezing temperatures are possible in the winter at the higher elevations. Thunderstorms are possible throughout the year but most common in the spring and summer. Tropical storms occasionally strike the coast during the hurricane season.

Location - Croft State Park is located in northern South Carolina, near the city of Spartanburg. From I-85, take exit #73, go south onto I-585 and US 176 and follow park signs.


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Filed By: John Kinsey (Belton, SC)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: The great part is that these are trails, untouched by volunteer horse people trying to turn them into bridle paths. I have ridden in all sorts of weather including rain and snow. Yes, the trails get muddy as trails do. If your horse isn't prepared or trained, or you are a total novice, stay in the arena. Beautiful, nice parking, nice facilities.

Filed By: monte Waddill (Spartanburg, SC)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: BARNETT CEMETARY, hopefully Rod Hoots will see this... We spotted the cemetery alongside the main park road way, about ten feet from the pavement on the west side. There is a small turnout to park. We saw the headstone for Lucy Hoots and many Barnetts. I think saw Lawrence also. Most died in 1812. Very cool.

Filed By: Rodney Hoots
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: One of my ancestors, Lawrence Hoots, served in the area of what is now Camp Croft during the Civil War and settled there after the war. He is reportly buried in the Barnett Family Cemetery, along with his wife, Lucy Barnett, and her father The Reverend Micajah Cicero Burnett. The cemetery is supposed to be located within the present park boundaries but we have been unable to locate it. If anyone has knowledge of it we would appreciate any information. Thanks, Rod Hoots

Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: We camp and horseback ride there at least one or two times a year there. Everyone there has always been so nice. Alot of the campers know each other from coming there so frequent that it's just like one big happy family there! We enjoy going when the horse show is going on so when we get back from our ride, we can enjoy watching the show that evening. We have never felt insecure about leaving our horses at the barn because the Park Rangers are always going down there and the other horse people as well. Croft is close enough to many restaurants so we can leave and get us a bite to eat without having to worry about the horses. The trails are in pretty good shape most of the time except after a heavy rain which some could be washed out a bit. The campsites are very clean and level. The bathhouses are okay..they could be a little cleaner sometimes. We always look forward to our camping trips to Croft.

Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: We enjoyed our trip to Croft very much! Even after a BIG rain, the trails were very easily traveled and they were very well marked. The bathrooms and shower were warm and clean! The camp sites were well maintained and easy to set up in. The stalls were very clean and tools for keeping them clean were easily accessible. The only complaint I had was the hoses at the wash pad for the horses had a hole in it and I got soaked trying to wash the sweat off my horse!! All and all I look forward to my next trip to ride at Croft!

Filed By: Carolyn Oliver (Catawba SC 29704, S.C.)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: We have been camping at Croft numerous times in the past but I will never go back! We (all 4 of us) were harrassed from the time we got there until we left by the young man that was a park attendant. We were there 3 days. First of all a party of 4 that was coming with us cancelled because the pool was closed! The horse trails were dangerously, I mean dangerously muddy and not any fun at all for riders or horses. The web site for state parks had incorrectly posted the prices as 10.50 nite for campsites, 5.00 for stalls. Come to find out it was actually 12.50 nite, 7.50 for horse stalls. The bathroom was nasty, lites were so dim you needed a flashlite in the daylite, water in the shower could not be cut off. The little followed us all over telling us not to ride this place or that. That we couldn't use the water faucets that are outside of the horse stalls, so we had to carry large buckets of water for the horses. I have arthritis in my hands so that was not very much fun. We changed stalls as it was horribly hot in the front ones we had chosen, having to set up 4 horses again was very time consuming. Before we could get back to clean the others out he came to find us fussing that we had not cleaned the stalls. We got over to clean the stalls and then they ran us down AGAIN telling us we were not supposed to change stalls, but that we had to strip the stalls. Well, we sifted through the manure and urine, leaving the good shavings, thinking that would be appropiate economically as we do our own barns at home. Wrong. We went back and stripped them. Then the guy comes to collect our money in the middle of a lightning storm, and we all got soaked including one of the girl's camper insides. Whew! What a miserable experience. I will never go back. If the attendant had spent HALF of the time he spent driving around watching us, making the repairs that needed to be done in the park, as he should have been doing, the park would be in great shape. The trails should never have been open to horseback riding. They were dangerous. THe other state parks are great, esp Lee State Park, Bishopville SC as are the rangers there as well!! Try it!


More Information

Contact Information:
Croft, 450 Croft State Park Road , Spartanburg, SC, 29302, Phone: 864-585-1283

Additional Information:
South Carolina State Parks - The South Carolina State Parks stretch from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Atlantic coast. They offer a huge variety of sites and possible recreation activities.
Upstate Region - The Upstate Region of South Carolina is located in the northwest corner of the state. It includes the cities of Greenville and Spartanburg. This is an area of high plateaus and mountains.

Links:
South Carolina Tourism - Official website of South Carolina Tourism

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