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Level: Intermediate
Length: 20 mi (32.2 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +715/ -618 ft
Total: 81 riders

Mountain Biking Croft Passage

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#18 of 114 mountain bike trails in South Carolina
#1,396 in the world

The beginning of this trail is flat and follows Kelsey creek for a mile or so. This is a good warm up for the hills that come. This is a network of 20+miles of singletrack that has been built and ridden by a handful of ex mtb racers. These are very challenging trails that consist of logs, jumps, and hills. This trail system is harder than anything in SC. Very little signage, if you have a gps, go to motionbased and enter dairy ridge or croft passage for routes.

First added by DairyRidgeRider on Jan 21, 2009. Last updated May 9, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Take Hwy 56 (union St) south. You will cross hwy 295 and the School for the Deaf and Blind will be on your left. Approx 1 mi. The road after the school will be Carolina Country Club Rd. take a left. Follow this road until the stop sign. Approx 1 mi. The trail head will be to your right at the stop sign. Park on the easement of the road next to the sign.
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  • pfcmrb123

    This is a beautiful ride and for the most part fairly easy to intermediate. This is my go to trail for when i ride, but there are some downsides. If you just so happen to get there the day after it rains, some sections of the trail are almost unrideable, it would be best to give it at least 24 to 48 hours after it rains a good bit to preserve the trail and lessen your cleaning duties after. Secondly, this trail is not as well used as some of the other trails of the area, so some markings are missing in certain areas and you can get turned around fairly easy if you don't know where you're going. Best thing to do is to take a picture of the main map at the beginning of the trail with your phone to have for reference if you hit a marker and need to get your bearings.

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  • Jread100

    Love this trail... It's my favorite trail system within an hour of Greenville, SC. The main feature is Southside Loop which is an 11 mile loop but with the multiple alternate trails off the loop and cut-throughs if you rode them all it could probably extend to 14-15 miles. It doesn't feature any brutal climbs, has really fun sections, and two seperate bowls with steep drop-ins. A couple of the cut through trails (Idaho mainly) are suprisingly tight and technical. The trail is just a blast all around and SAMBA does a good job maintaining it. The only reason its not rated 5 stars is because of the grand scheme of trails in the USA.

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  • rtrybka

    Great trail with fantastic creek bed. Good variety of trail features and conditions.

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  • earner99

    Depending on what trail you take the ride can be easy or challenging. Southside loop has good runs, berms, and some downhill sections. Signage is a challenge and it is easy to stray off the path, but good intermediate riding.

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  • Tkno1

    Just getting back into MTBing and came across this park. My wife and I really enjoy the Southside Loop, it is difficult on some parts but has became my favorite training loop. There are other trails that branch off and depending on which one you choice depends on the level of difficulty. Keep in my mind that all the trails have numerous roots all over.

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  • Daniel_Sheets   ✓ supporter

    Third time riding this trail.Some improvements are the trail marking signs and some good re routs around muddy sections.This trail should be rated higher than #15 in S.C.It has many .Good camp grounds at Croft State Park with two fishing lakes and a shooting range.Great side trails that offer technical sections.One draw back is root infestation and wash outs.The state park service needs to let someone help maintain these trails and they would be a gem.

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  • tedsmith

    Great trail! Lush green canopy trail with some tree roots and felled trees.Lots of bugs on this day as we just has several weeks of rain. Lots of fun and don't be afraid of the mud. Be sure to mix in some Lizard or Cutofff for some fun downhill.

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  • many

    It was a great ride but was not to easy

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  • wanderingpops

    I would have to rate this on the easy side of intermediate. Fun ride for any skill level. For a beginner rider there are a few spots that would create a challenge. But it is worth riding for sure. If I lived in the area I would ride pretty often.

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  • Dahamp2003

    Trail was pretty awesome...went today and rode mostly on the Southside Loop. If you want more jumps, downhill, fun type stuff, try the Lizard Trail. I rode with a guy that showed me it and I loved it. Make sure you bring plenty of water and something to eat, because it can definitely take a while. But it's the most fun I've had in a while. Except for blowing out my front fork haha

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  • dancingoutlaw

    I had a really bad experience here yesterday when I lost the Southside Loop trail, had to backtrack and didn't make it out before dark. The trails are not marked with paint on the trees but with small, square metal signs that are not placed consistently at all.

    Given the time of year, there are leaves everywhere and they are covering the trail, making visibility more difficult. The trail is not worn down very well if at all in some places, which adds to the problem.

    Allow yourself plenty of time and daylight to get out of here if you go. I had a map in my pocket and there are maps on the trailheads but it doesn't matter if you can't stay on the trail. I was on these trails for over two hours on a Friday afternoon and never saw a soul, so that may explain why the trail is not beaten down.

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  • DairyRidgeRider

    The Croft Passage is a network of trails that consists of hills, jumps, logs, and thirty plus miles of sweet single track.

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  • liknbikn

    I saw the palmetto trail on mtbr and figured I would give it a try. I showed up on a tuesday at 5:30 and met a group of bikers that took me on a seventeen mile loop that was unreal. I love this place. The trail varies from easy to extremely difficult. Everyone should definitely give these trails a ride.

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  • lovetheladies

    Rode this trail last saturday. All I can say is wow. I usually ride Issaqueena or Paris Mtn. Man I will be making the drive to Spartanburg more often. The trail system that branches off the Croft passage is better than anything I have ridden in the Upstate.

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  • goretoye

    When I first arived at Croft State Park, I didn't know what I was getting myself into. Boy was I surprised!!! The trails are great! There is a little of everything, mainly moderate to extremely difficult trails. This place is part of Croft State Park. I only gave this State park trail a 4 because of a lack of accurate maps. The maps show about 20+ miles of trails, they are wrong. There is at least 30+ miles out there. 1/3 of the trails are unaccounted for on the maps. Be carefull, it's fairly easy to get lost. I have been at this State park almost a dozen times and have not ridden the same trail once! I'm serious! Again, keep in mind that the maps that they provide are not accurate. They will only provide you with a general idea of the Park's layout. Trails split off every which way from the main trail making it difficult to distinguish the initial trail from the new alternate trails that are available. It's almost like a a maze to some degree!
    I really enjoy coming here because of the solitude. I rarely see anyone on these very clean trails. These trails are no picnic. This place isn't for those who are looking for a joy ride. Be expecting a tough ride, just you versus the trail.* Review edited 6/7/2009

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