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Croft State Park Receives Trail System Upgrade Donations


Check DonationSPARTANBURG, S.C. – March 4, 2014

Friends of Croft, a non-profit organization that works in collaboration with Croft State Park to maintain and preserve the beauty of the park, received a donation from the Croft Half Marathon organization. The half marathon is an annual event that has been held every Fall over the past four years and has contributed more than $12,000 to Friends of Croft during that time period. On Monday, March 4, Seth Novak, organizer of the Camp Croft Half Marathon, presented an $1800 donation from last Fall’s event, which will be matched by Friends of Croft and used by Croft State Park to upgrade its facilities and improve its trail system.


Bob Williams, president of Friends of Croft, said, “Together with the $3,000 the Friends group already had designated for trail upgrades, this donation from the Camp Croft Half Marathon plus the matching funds, will amount to almost $7,000 that will be put toward trail improvements, repair and maintenance.  We hope to have a top-notch trail system not only for the next half marathon, but also for all the hikers, cyclists and equestrians who visit the park.”


Croft State Park has been called the “jewel” of Spartanburg.  With over 7,000 acres it offers hiking, cycling and equestrian trails, plus campgrounds, fishing lakes and picnic facilities.  There is a first-class equestrian facility with a 51-stall barn and riding arena for shows and events.


“One of our future goals”, said John Moon, head ranger, “is to make the whole park handicapped-accessible.”  One of the fishing lakes, Lake Johnson, will have a handicapped-accessible ramp this Spring.


All donations and dues are tax-deductible and will go toward improving Croft State Park.



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