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Today Croft State Natural Area is a green retreat in the heart of fast-growing Spartanburg County. With its rich history, the park boasts many exciting and fun filled activities for the entire family. There are excellent resource based recreational opportunities such as: camping, boating, fishing, geocaching, birding, hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. The park also has a playground facility, picnic areas, and three large picnic shelters. These activities and facilities give you the chance to become one with nature and observe its true beauty. However, it has not always been the get away that it has come to be.

 

Croft State Natural Area has a diverse and fascinating history that makes it a must visit destination in upstate South Carolina. Many years ago, the Croft State Park area served as rich farmland for many people. The area of Glenn-Springs was the Spartanburg we know today during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. This area was a big destination area during its time due to the Whitestone Springs located in the Whitestone Community section of Croft State Natural Area. This section of the Whitestone Community housed a huge 250 room hotel for guest to get away from everyday life. Visitors during that time would visit the Whitestone Spring Hotel in order to drink the water from the Whitestone Springs. This spring water has been said to cure many bladder, kidney, and liver ailments.

 

The park served as an Infantry Replacement Training Center and was officially activated on January 10, 1941. It was a part of the Fourth Service Command, with housing for some 20,000 trainees and support staff. The military reservation was named "Camp Croft" in honor of Major General Edward Croft (1874-1938), a South Carolinian who had served as an officer in World War I and retired as Chief of Infantry. It was located on the Southern Railroad about five miles southeast of Spartanburg. The Camp served as a prisoner of war (POW) camp and held approximately 250 German POWs.

 

Many solders that have trained at “Camp Croft” have come back to enjoy the peaceful beauty the park now offers. When exploring the park’s 7,054 acres, you may encounter the old homesteads, farmland, training bunkers, the remains of the Whitestone Springs hotel, or just the wonders of nature itself. Luckily you don’t have to take my word for it. Come visit us at Croft State Natural Area and explore it all for yourself.

 


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