Southside Loop

Trail Activities: t

  • Hike
  • Mountain Bike


9.70 miles




Natural, Dirt

Difficulty: Difficult

Trail Features: t

  • Parking
  • Picnic Area
  • Fishing
  • Water Launch
  • Point of Interest
  • Pets
  • Fee
  • Camping


Starting from the parking area this somewhat challenging trail has something for just about everyone. There is enough climbing, fast down hills, and hard packed sections, which allow fairly high speeds to satisfy the intermediates and experts, but may be too much for beginners.

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Southside Loop is the longest trail on the park, traveling through rolling terrain, hills and along creek sides. It offers access to many other mountain bike and hiking trails in this extensive trail system totaling over 16 miles of trails. In the lower elevations, the trail winds along Fairforest Creek and trail users can view huge hardwoods growing in the moist environment. As trail users gain elevation away from Fairforest Creek massive white oaks can be seen throughout the woods. Southside Loop can be accessed either crossing the “Advanced America” bridge on the Palmetto Trail or from the Southside Parking lot at the end of Groce Rd. This trail’s degree of difficulty is considered moderate to strenuous due to the length and varying technical terrain.  

Camping: Call 1-866-345-PARK (7275) or go online at to make your reservations today!


From Spartanburg: Drive southeast on SC 56. Pass the main entrance to Croft State Natural Area and continue to Groce Road (Sign for Southside Park). Turn left and drive to the parking area near the ball field.

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

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