Prefer getting around on two wheels? You’ll love our Bicycle-Friendly Community! The first in the state of SC to earn the recognition by the League of American Bicyclists, Spartanburg is home to great road rides, vast trail systems, and even tough cycling challenges and professional races.
The Bike Town initiative is a community-wide collaboration dedicated to making the Spartanburg community the bicycling hub of the Southeast and to improving Spartanburg’s national designation as a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists.
Currently a 115 acre urban preserve and trail system. Located minutes from downtown Spartanburg, the property protects a 1.5 mile stretch of Lawson’s Fork Creek and several feeder streams.
Once an World War II army training base, Croft State Park offers Camping and Day-Use reservations over more than 7,000-acres of wooded terrain. The park offers over 20 miles of biking and hiking trails, a playground, picnicking and camping, as well as fishing and boating in one of two lakes.
Over 5 miles of trails offer runners and naturalists a break from city traffic. It provides a place for citizens to run, walk, kayak, canoe, and to enjoy other recreational outings. This urban greenspace has many unique and outstanding features including several wetlands, open spaces, geological formations, and offers habitat for deer, wild turkey, fox, beaver, raccoon, numerous birds and reptiles, wildflowers, and trees.
GOLS provides education and skills training to help people stay safe while enjoying the great outdoors. Located in Glendale, SC near the Pacolet River, GOLS provides hands-on, experiential training for “kids” of all ages in individual sports, including mountain biking, indoor rock climbing and kayaking. Courses also include wilderness medicine for first responders, wilderness first aid, outdoor leadership and team building.
The Mary Black Foundation Rail Trail is a 1.9 mile rail-to-trail conversion from a former Norfolk Southern railroad corridor.
The Vic Bailey Subaru Bike Park is a community collaboration located off the Mary Black Foundation Rail Trail behind the Flock Shop in Spartanburg, SC. The park includes bicycle features like the wood and dirt flow trails which take mountain bikers on a roller coaster experience with little pedaling and braking necessary. Other features for slightly advanced riders include the wooden banked turn, pump track, and more. The park was made to suit all skill levels, built with progressive features so you can start small and advance at your own pace. There’s something for everyone to enjoy, but remember that safety comes first.