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2014 National Trails Day Celebration
on the Palmetto Trail

June 7 & 8

Join Palmetto Conservation Foundation (PCF) at Croft State Park to celebrate National Trails Day on the Palmetto Trail.   Family-friendly activities include guided hikes, mountain biking, kayaking, camping, a night hike and campfires with S'mores. This event is free and includes all activities, a campsite and meals.

Register for the whole weekend or just join us for the day on Saturday. Either way, there will be plenty of fun and adventure for the whole family. Once an army training base, Croft State Park covers more than 7,000 acres of rolling, wooded terrain just a few miles from downtown Spartanburg.  PCF staff, volunteers and park rangers will be on hand to guide the hikes, bike rides, kayaking, camp set-up and evening activities.

Registration Deadline June 2nd

Registration is closed and the event is full. Thanks to everyone who signed up. We look forward to seeing you at the event.

Event Schedule


Saturday, June 7

9-10:00 am     Check-in

10:00 am        Depart for guided hikes

11-1:00 pm     Kayaking and SUP

12-1:30 pm     Lunch, games/activities for kids

2pm               Depart for afternoon bike rides

3-6:00 pm       Set-up camp

6:30-8 pm       Dinner

8:30 pm          Group Campfire & S'mores

8:30-9:30 pm   Night Hike & Storytelling


Sunday, June 8

7 a.m.             Breakfast and breakdown/clean-up

Guided Hike Descriptions

Beginner Hike

Put on your hiking shoes, fill up your water bottle and join your trail guide for a fun-filled hike along the Croft Nature Trail. This hike is approximately 1.5 miles and will move along at an easy pace with stops along the way to learn about flora, fauna, and history. Participants will be guided by naturalist and retired botany professer, Dr. Bob Powell. This hike is rated easy and is ideal for beginners and those with children.


Intermediate Hike

Hit the trail for a 3.5 mile intermediate hike that will take you over Kelsey Creek and along the Beech Tree and Foster Mill trails. This hike is easy to moderate and will be guided by Michael and Kathy Silverman, owners of The Local Hiker in Spartanburg.


Advanced Hike

This advanced hike is approximately 6 miles and will be guided by Friends of Croft member, Fern Powell. She will lead participants on the Palmetto Trail along Rocky Ridge as she shares the history of Whitestone Springs. You don't want to miss out on this invigorating morning walk filled with beautiful views and interesting historical information. This hike is rated moderate, however participants should be prepared to spend approximately 3 hours on the trail.

Bike Ride Descriptions

Bike Rodeo

A bike rodeo will be set up for children to learn about bike safety and practice some basic bike skills such as balance, bike handling, braking, and steering.



Hop on your bike and ready the pedals for a nice easy ride on part of the Palmetto Trail. Enjoy a scenic 1 mile out and back ride that is rated easy and great for beginners and children.



Those looking for a bit more of a challenge with some moderate climbs and a few twists and turns are sure to enjoy this trip. This intermediate ride is approximately 4 miles and will incorporate a number of different mountain biking trails including the Southside Loop, the Lizard Trail, the Center Line Trail, and the Rock Creek Trail. This trip is rated moderate.



Take a turn pedaling some true mountainous terrain on this ride. It is approximately 9.7 miles and follows the Palmetto Trail to the Southside Loop Trail. This ride is rated strenuous and only advanced riders should sign up for this trip.


*Participants are encouraged to bring their own bikes and helmets. A limited number of bikes and helmets will be available for participants to use. Please let us know when registering if you need to borrow a bike or helmet. Helmets are required on all rides.


Camping is included in this free weekend event.  We will be utilizing the primitive group camping area at Croft State Park.  This large open space has plenty of room for each group/family to set up their own tent.  There are restroom and shower facilities located in the general campground area. 

There are no electric hook-ups in the group camping area.  If you wish to have a campsite with electricity, you can call the park's reservation hotline 1-866-345-PARK or go online to reserve and pay for a site with electric hook-ups. 

We have a limited number of tents and sleeping bags/pads available for use.  If you need to borrow gear, please call our office for more details (803)771-0870.

Event Menu*


Lunch on Saturday will be a picnic style lunch with a variety of sandwiches and sides.

Dinner on Saturday will include hamburgers and hotdogs with all the fixings, plus sides and dessert. Veggie burgers will also be available.



Sunday breakfast will be prepared with the help of Boy Scout Troop 28. Participants will enjoy campfire style eggs with toppings that include ham, veggies, and cheese. Juice and fresh fruit will also be available.


*The menu is subject to change. Check back for updates.


What to Bring

If you are camping for the weekend:

  • Tent
  • Ground tarp for tent
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Pillow
  • Flash light or headlamp
  • Camp chair/ folding chair
  • Water bottle
  • Small backpack (for hikes/bike rides)
  • Bug spray
  • Sunscreen
  • Towels
  • Binoculars/camera
  • Clothes/shoes appropriate for the activities you are participating in
  • Personal items (toothbrush, deodorant, etc.)
  • Bike and helmet if you are participating in the bike rides
  • Snacks - meals are provided however snacks such as granola bars or trail mix would be good to bring

If you are coming for the day on Saturday:

  • Water bottle
  • Small backpack (for hikes/bike rides)
  • Bug Spray
  • Sunscreen
  • Binoculars/camera
  • Bike and helmet if you are participating in the bike rides
  • Snacks - meals are provided however snacks such as granola bars or trail mix would be good to bring

Contact Kari Hanna:



Registration Deadline June 2nd

Registration is closed and the event is full. Thanks to everyone who signed up. We look forward to seeing you at the event.

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