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Croft State Park

Average Rating:    (3.8 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 5

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. Several connector trails provide variation and new challenges, especially the Idaho pass, which is more technical. It has two 15 ft gulleys that will leave you eatin dirt if your not careful! You will ride alongside and cross some scenic creeks, and through forested areas, which provide shade from the summer sun. Watch out for wildlife in this area, especially squirrels, turkey and deer. Be aware that after a rain there can be some mud and slippery sections.
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Latitude
34.85336159625923
Longitude
-81.86458110809326
Trail Directions
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.
Trail Length
10.5 miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Spartanburg
Zip/Postal Code
29302
Country
USA
Web Address
   


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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

Review Date
July 8, 2013

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: elle ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Rode this trail on the way south after riding Pisgah area. This could be a really nice trail with some trail maintenance. We rode after a week of heavy rains and there were lots of washed out areas and lots of muddy sections but fun all in all.

Recommended Route:
Either way



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Review Date
December 4, 2010

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: dancingoutlaw ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Rode here for the first time yesterday and it was a really bad experience. I strongly disagree that you can't get lost here. I lost the Southside Loop trail with only 30 mins. of daylight left and finally had to backtrack but didn't make it out before dark. Partially my own stupidity for not allowing myself more time in unfamiliar territory but I will say this: Don't think it can't happen to you. They do not use paint on the trees to mark the trails but small, square, metal signs. It would be ok if they were consistently placed every 1/8 mile or so but you can ride quite a long time and not see any. This doesn't work well when there's millions of leaves and the trail itself has not been traveled enough to visibly see it in a lot of places. (I never saw one soul on any trails the entire TWO HOURS I was there on a Friday afternoon).

The trails were a definite change of pace from what I'm used to which is more steep climbs and fast descents. I would say they are more tight and technical, lots of switchbacks, some pretty gnarly roots and rocks but some easy sections too.







Recommended Route:
I can't really recommend a route as I'm not very familiar with all of the trails. I rode Southside Loop, Centerline, High and Dry and Flat Pass. Just make sure whatever route you take that you give yourself plenty of daylight hours to get back to your car if you get turned around or lose the trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Not from the area.



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Review Date
March 27, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: jumper780 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Great trail with something for everyone. I would say this trail system is more for the intermediate and not so much the beginner. I recently came from central Texas temporarily and really enjoyed the difference in the trail system. Back home, the trails a slower and rocky where as this trail is full of climbs and small downhills which you can really gain some speed on. Roots and techy stuff everywhere. Make sure to download or pick up a map as there are a few forks that are not marked and found myself pulling out my map. Great maintained trail.

Recommended Route:
South loop

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Lynches Woods



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Review Date
April 25, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: fivorgr ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
First time riding this trail. Found it to be well taken care of, actually met some of the UMBA guys working on it out there. A strip map is available at trail head, which is pretty accurate. Trail was fast, no hard climbs but enough small to medium ones close together to help get you breathing hard. Nice scenery near the river. Good trail, will ride again when back in the area. Open to bikers all week. their may be a few horses their - remember get off the bike and be friendly. I met some hikers, very nice group.

Recommended Route:
Use the map, their are many routes you can make using the south loop and the outer loop along with many off shot trails. All are marked



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Review Date
November 25, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: tcactionsports ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
We got to the trail kind of late in the day which isn't good if you don't know the trail. we went right after we left the parking lot, but everyone else was going opposite us, so I am guessing to go left on the loop is the most desirable route. Watch for the little side trails, they will really get you turned around. we ended up riding for about and hour in the dark and are 99% sure someone was following us which was really freaky! When we got to the car we saw a flashlight coming through the woods towards us so we hauled a-- pretty quick!!
Other then that this trail is really awesome. Some technical stuff, lots of speed and quick windy trails. Just give yourself plenty of daylight!!

Recommended Route:
download map from trail link and head clockwise.



Comments
JAKEEFER (12/22/2008)
The "flashlight" was probably a headlamp... we ride at night here a lot... and the "following" probably the coyotes' don't worry... they typically are just nosey.
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