Croft State Natural Area

Croft State Natural Area


Area name

Croft State Natural Area

Area Location

Take Highway 296 heading east from I26, exit 22 towards Spartanburg for 1 mile then turn right on Highway 295. Follow Highway 295 for 6 miles to Highway 56 and turn right. Drive 2.2 miles to Dairy Ridge Road, turn left, the entrance to the area is ahead on the right.

Area Map


Admission: $2 per person.

Hours of Operation: summer hours are 7:00 – 9:00, winter hours are 7:00 – 6:00.



Located south of Spartanburg, Croft State Natural Area is also a fine place to view songbirds during their spring (specifically April and May) and fall (September and October) migration. This trail runs parallel to Fairforest Creek for a good portion of the hike.

Key Birds


Red-shouldered Hawk, Barred Owl, Hairy Woodpecker, Eastern Phoebe, White-breasted Nuthatch, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Pine Warbler.


Acadian Flycatcher, Red-eyed Vireo, Yellow-throated Vireo, Wood Thrush, Northern Parula, Yellow-throated Warbler, Hooded Warbler, Summer Tanager, Scarlet Tanager, Indigo Bunting, Orchard Oriole.


Winter Wren, Rusty Blackbird.