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Croft State Park

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Croft State Park is a state park in Spartanburg County, South Carolina, on property that served as Camp Croft during WWII, a US Army basic training center and prisoner-of-war camp.
Croft State Park was established in the late 18th century, and old farmsteads, as well as six family graves and two church cemeteries, may still be found there. During the Revolutionary War, a battle took place at the confluence of Fairforest and Kelsey streams between Patriots and Loyalists. A four-story hotel at Whitestone Springs drew vacation guests to the reputedly healing lithium springs in the late nineteenth century. The hotel burned down in 1930, but the spring and some foundations survive and may be reached by a hiking trail.

The federal government paid owners to seize their farmland and transform it into a basic training center (Infantry Replacement Training Center) for the United States Army a year before the United States entered World War II. A quarter million men eventually trained at the facility, which was named for Major General Edward Croft (1874-1938), a Greenville, South Carolina native and former chief of Army Infantry. Camp Croft bolstered the local economy, particularly during construction, but it also put pressure on the small Upstate community’s housing, recreational, and health resources. Almost a thousand German POWs were held there during the last year and a half of the war.

Following the base’s deactivation on July 31, 1945, the government sold 7,000 of its 19,000 acres to South Carolina for use as a park, which opened in 1949. The Camp Croft neighborhood presently includes land created adjacent to the park to the north.

Contact Information

450 Croft State Park Rd
Spartanburg, SC 29302
Area: 7,054 acres (29 km2)
Campsites: tent and RV sites
(864) 585-1283


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