Croft Passage

Palmetto Trail

Trail Activities: t

  • Hike
  • Mountain Bike
  • Equestrian

Length:

12.6 miles

Type:

Normal

Surface:

Dirt, Paved

Difficulty: Moderate

Trail Features: t

  • Trail Head
  • Point of Interest
  • Parking
  • Restrooms
  • Picnic Area
  • Information Sign
  • Camping
  • Visitor Center
  • Pets
  • Fee

Summary:

Here is a trail that serves hikers, bikes, and horses with something for all, but you have to alert about who can go where. Hikers can use the entire trail, but horses and bikers only parts

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Croft Passage is a roller coaster for hikers, cyclists, and equestrians (watch signs for designated areas) through historic Croft State Park. Near the southern trailhead, the 65-foot “Advance America” Bridge—the longest trail bridge in a state park—crosses Fairforest Creek. In the 1700s, the nearby shoals supported a hub of mills, trading, and political activity, including the area’s first governmental organization, the Spartan Militia District. The northern trailhead marks the site of a Revolutionary militia victory at the First Battle of Cedar Springs in 1780. The park is best known as Camp Croft, a World War II Army training center. A ¾-mile hike on a blue-blazed trail spur leads to Whitestone Springs, site of a 1902 resort hotel. Croft Passage connects Hub City and Glenn Springs Passages.

Camping: Park campground, reservations advised, fee.

Note: The 11.4 mile equestrian section of the Palmetto Trail starts at mile 1.2 near the stables, and goes to the northern trailhead at mile 12.6. Mountain bikes are not allowed on the equestrian section from mile 1.2 to mile 8.5. The 3.65 mile Bike Connector follows Croft State Park Road to McFadden Road until it rejoins the Palmetto Trail.

Directions:

From I-85: Take exit 78 toward downtown Spartanburg. Turn onto US Hwy 221 for about 4.5 miles. Turn left onto US Hwy 176 east to Country Club Road (about 5 miles). Turn right on Country Club Road. Turn left at the traffic light (SC Hwy 56). Stay on Hwy 56 about 3.2 miles and turn left onto Dairy Ridge Road. Follow signs.

From I-26 eastbound: Take exit 22 toward downtown Spartanburg. Drive east on SC Hwy 296 for approximately 1 mile, turn right onto SC Hwy 295 (Southport Road) about 6 miles to the intersection with SC Hwy 56. Turn right onto Hwy 56 for about 3 miles. Turn left onto Dairy Ridge Road and follow signs.

From I-26 westbound: Take exit 52 (north away from Clinton) onto SC Hwy 56. Drive north toward Spartanburg for about 30 miles. Turn right onto Dairy Ridge Road and follow signs.

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Croft State Park | 450 Croft State Park Road, Spartanburg, SC 29302 | (864) 585-1283 | Email

Palmetto Conservation Foundation | 722 King Street, Columbia, SC 29205 | (803) 771-0870 | Email

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Lat: 34.88509452197181
Long: -81.84508874609378