Croft State Park
Mountain Bicycle Trails Plan
Croft State Park has been identified as the top priority of the Palmetto Cycling Coalition and the State’s cycling community for the development of mountain bike trails in the upstate. Reasons for its selection include:
Croft State Park provides recreational opportunities for a variety of user groups. This plan seeks to include mountain bikers as legitimate users of and contributors to the Park’s recreational facilities. Although mountain bikers have received "word of mouth" permission to use trails in "Southside," no officially designated mountain biking trails exist within the Park. The current situation creates confusion and uncertainty among both park personnel and mountain bikers as to the status of mountain biking within the Park. A plan that is commonly agreed to will eliminate confusion and will encourage both to work toward a common goal. The mountain biking community believes the plan will create a first class mountain biking experience attractive to families and children, residents and visitors, and novices and experts without detracting from the recreational experiences of other user groups. The mountain biking community will work in partnership with park service personnel and other recreational user groups to ensure wise use of the Park’s resources and to provide long-term support of mountain bike facilities within the Park.
The activities and map on the following pages provide a plan that will create a first-class mountain biking recreational facility at Croft State Park. The facility will serve a need of one of the largest and fastest growing outdoor-recreational activities that is currently not being met in the upstate region.
II. Proposed Trail System
Create a "Northside" (Dairy Ridge Road area) and "Southside" mountain bike trail system that will provide approximately 15 miles of trails. In addition, the Johnson Lake Loop Trail, approximately three miles, is proposed as a shared use trail. The Croft State Park map shows the proposed trail system with the following designations:
The advantages to this proposed trail system include:
The proposed trail system is made up of existing (although not officially designated) trails except for the approximately 1 - 1.5 mile connector trail (red-dotted line on map) between the "Southside" and "Northside" loops. The connector trail would intersect the Park’s main entrance road. This intersection would serve as a location for a parking/information/restroom/bike wash area.
In addition to the above trail designations, the mountain biking community recommends the creation of an adaptive management team made up of representatives from the Park and the recreational user groups to address trail issues including:
4. Parking Facility at intersection of entrance road and connector trail
5. Develop Trail Maps & Install Trail Signage
The opportunity exists to create a first class mountain biking facility at Croft State Park. The Palmetto Cycling Coalition, Freewheelers of Spartanburg Bicycle Club, and upstate mountain biking community can provide volunteer labor, in-kind services, and financial assistance to make this facility become a reality. In working toward the goals of this plan, we look forward to a long-term, cooperative and productive relationship with the Park Service and other recreational user groups.