South Carolina Picture Project
 
South Carolina Picture Project

Camp Croft State Park — Spartanburg, South Carolina


SC Picture Project  |  Spartanburg County  |  Camp Croft State Park


Adopt A South Carolina Landmark
Camp Croft State Park

This 7,000-acre park near downtown Spartanburg was once a United States Army training camp, giving it the name Camp Croft. The training base was established here in 1941 under the direction of then-United States Senator James F. Byrne and was named in honor of Major General Edward Croft of Greenville, a former United States Army Chief of Infantry who died in 1938. From 1941 through 1946, around 60,000 troops went through training at Camp Croft each year. The camp closed in 1947, and the land was transferred to the South Carolina Commission of Forestry for use as a state park. Camp Croft State Park opened in 1949.

Craig Lake Croft State Park

Sharon McFalls of Spartanburg, 2016 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Many families were forced to relocate during the construction of the camp, abandoning their homes. The ruins of some of these homes remain within the park. Features of the park include Lake Craig, seen above, and Fairforest Creek. Lake Craig is named for Tom Moore Craig, chairman of the Spartanburg County Forestry Commission during the park’s development. Another lake, Lake Johnson, was temporarily closed in 2011 in order to rehabilitate the fish population within the lake. The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources will reopen the lake when it deems the fish have reached a certain growth point.

Camp Croft Postcard

Visitors are invited to canoe and kayak on Lake Craig, either in their own boats or ones rented from the park. Personal boats with electric trolling motors are also permitted, and a boat landing provides access. For hikers and bicyclists, 12 miles of wooded paths provide a natural setting for a full day of activity. Equestrian stables are available as well, and park guests may rent a horse to ride along one of the several equestrian trails. Twenty-five campsites around the lake allow guests to stay overnight at the park, and visitors are also free to bring their pets, provided they are leashed.

Camp Croft State Park Info


Address: 450 Croft State Park Road, Spartanburg, SC 29302
GPS Coordinates: 34.868627,-81.852090

Camp Croft State Park Map

Please Share Your Thoughts!


Did you enjoy this page? Do you have any information we should add? Send us your comments below — we can't wait to hear from you!




SC PICTURE PROJECT

Join Us on Facebook
Search for Landmarks

TOWNS & LANDMARKS

Abbeville ACE Basin Adams Run Aiken Allendale Anderson Awendaw Bamberg Banks Barns & Farms Barnwell Batesburg-Leesville Beaches Beaufort Beech Island Belton Bennettsville Bishopville Blackville Bluffton Bridges Bygone Landmarks Camden Carnegie Libraries Cayce Cemeteries Charleston Charleston Navy Base Cheraw Chester Chesterfield Churches Clemson Clinton Clio Colleges Columbia Conway Cordesville Courthouses Darlington Daufuskie Island Denmark Dillon Donalds Easley Edgefield Edisto Elloree Erhardt Fairfax Florence Folly Beach Forests and Nature Preserves Fort Mill Fountain Inn Gaffney Garden City Beach Georgetown Glenn Springs Graniteville Greeleyville Greenville Greenwood Greer Hamburg Hampton Hardeeville Hartsville Hemingway Hilton Head Historical Photos Historic Houses Honea Path Hopkins Hotels & Inns Huger Hunting Island Isle of Palms Jails James Island Jamestown Johns Island Johnsonville Johnston Kiawah Island Kingstree Lake City Lake Marion Lakes Lancaster Landrum Latta Laurens Lexington Libraries Lighthouses Little River Lowndesville Manning Marion McClellanville McCormick Military Mills Moncks Corner Mountains Mount Carmel Mount Pleasant Mullins Murrells Inlet Myrtle Beach National Register Newberry Ninety Six North Augusta North Charleston North Myrtle Beach Orangeburg Pacolet Parks Pawleys Island Pendleton Pickens Piers Pinopolis Plantations Pomaria Port Royal Post Offices Ravenel Restaurants Ridge Spring Ridgeway Rivers Roadside Oddities Robert Mills Rock Hill Rockville Rosenwald Schools Salters Saluda Santee Savannah River Site SC Artists SC Heroes of the Alamo Schools Seneca Shrimp Boats Society Hill Spartanburg Sports Springs St. George St. Helena Island St. Matthews Stateburg Stores Sullivan's Island Summerton Summerville Sumter Sunset Sunsets Synagogues Town Clocks Trains & Depots Trees Trenton Troy Turbeville Ulmer Union Wadmalaw Island Walhalla Walterboro Ware Shoals Waterfalls Water Towers Wedgefield West Columbia Westminster Winnsboro Woodruff Yemassee York