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.
Saturday, June 7
Depart for guided hikes
pm Kayaking and SUP
pm Lunch, games/activities for kids
2pm Depart for afternoon bike rides
3-6:00 pm Set-up camp
Group Campfire & S'mores
pm Night Hike & Storytelling
Sunday, June 8
7 a.m. Breakfast and breakdown/clean-up
Guided Hike Descriptions
Put on your hiking shoes, fill up your water bottle and join
your trail guide for a fun-filled hike along the Croft Nature
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.
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.
Bike Ride Descriptions
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
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
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.
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
*The menu is
subject to change. Check back for updates.
What to Bring
If you are camping
for the weekend:
If you are coming for the day on Saturday:
Contact Kari Hanna:
Registration Deadline June
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