Many of you may not realize that Spartanburg, SC earned the designation of being a Bicycle Friendly Community in 2006. In September of 2007, Spartanburg reached the goal of earning a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community designation and became the first bike friendly community in the state of South Carolina. In August, 2011 Spartanburg has to reapply to either maintain the current designation or be eligible to move up to a higher level (Silver or Gold).
There are many opportunities for biking in and around Spartanburg. Biking is a great way to stay in shape and have quality family time on a smaller budget than many activities require! Don't forget to keep safety in mind and wear helmets and other protective gear like kneepads.
Some places you may want to check out for biking are listed below. Now that Spring is just around the corner you may want to plan a bike outing to one these popular trails or events!
Croft State Park Natural Area has 12 miles of biking and hiking trails.
A green retreat in the heart of fast-growing Spartanburg County, the park also offers a playground, picnicking and camping areas, as well as fishing and boating in two lakes, including 150-acre Lake Craig.
Croft also is known around the region for its equestrian facilities. The park regularly hosts shows in its arena and boasts more than 20 miles of equestrian facilities and 55 stalls.
The diverse park was once an Army training base and covers nearly 12 miles of rolling, wooded terrain that also provides habitat for a wide variety of flora and fauna just five miles from bustling downtown Spartanburg.
Mary Black Rail Trail
You can start this flat paved multi-use trail from one of three community plazas. You can enjoy walking, riding, or skating on this smooth mainly tree lined rail to trail built on what was once a section the Norfolk Southern rail line. This is the first section (1.9 miles) of what will become the 12-mile Hub City Connector of the Palmetto Trail, which will pass through Spartanburg. It is open from dawn to dusk and it's FREE!
This 1.3 mile trail runs along the bank of Lawson's Fork Creek and has views of the creek along some sections. Muskrats and beavers are common along the water's edge and a variety of birds including kingfishers and great blue herons. Picnic areas are available. You can access this trail from the campus of USC-Upstate. FREE to enjoy!
Assault on Mt Mitchell
This a grueling competitive ride that is only for those who have trained for it. It starts in Spartanburg, SC and is 102 miles long! Your destination is the summit of Mt Mitchell. It was started in 1974 and draws riders from all over the US. To be eligible you must have completed the Assault on Marion the preceding year. The Assault on Mt Mitchell will be held on May 16, 2011. For more information go to www.theassaults.com
Whether you are in great physical condition or not there is a trail for you! Get out and enjoy the great outdoors on your bike this Spring in YOUR Biketown -- Spartanburg, South Carolina. You will be glad you did!