Jones Gap and Falls Trail is a 12.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Cleveland, South Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
A nicely wooded up and down hike along the Saluda River. Be aware that the trails close at 6pm.
Great day for a looonngg hike! Parked in the Mountain Bridge lot. Made the loop counterclockwise but doubt it mattered which way you go. Took the 1.6 mile spur up to Rainbow Falls. Strenuous climb almost like a mini-Table Rock but well worth. The Fall was partially frozen and was a beautiful payoff. My app had the loop at 13 miles, took about 6 1/2 hrs.
Awesome trail! Did this one at night with 40° temp. Was cold and scary but still worth it! unforgettable memories :-)
Enjoyed this hike!
Take Cold Creek trail in as it will be all downhill. connect with the Jones gap trail then up to the falls. on the way back take the Jones gap trail to Tom Miller.
Love rainbow falls! Perfect picnic spot
Great trail but get to the park early otherwise you have to wait for ages due to minimal parking
Hiked five miles in to camp site 011. Had a blast. Parts of the hike are very strenuous; especially in wet conditions. Waterfalls and rapids galore. Highly recommend.
Hiked half of the trail with some friends (for #optoutside) who's ages varied from 31 to 63. The trail is very rocky which makes it a bit tricky underfoot at times, but overall, it's a solid easy to moderate trail. (Of course that's considering only the first half). The river and the falls that the trail runs next to are beautiful and the trail is very well maintained. Go early... The parking lot is small and fills up quickly.
love this section, always beautiful an the local rangers keep the trail well mantained.
We didn't get to the park until 3 today and didn't realize they closed the trails at 6. We started the JGT at the ranger's recommendation and just calculated a turn around time and ended up hiking out to the JG Waterfall (which was really pretty!) and then a few more miles past it out and back. The trail is easy with one or two very brief steep parts. It follows a large creek for the first few miles. It is a very peaceful, and wasn't busy at all when we were there. Lots and lots and lots of rocks on the trail, which adds some texture to the trail. Our girl (a mountain curr/shepherd mix) absolutely loved it too! There is a nice bridge and some pretty nice views, though nothing really high up. Very good if you are looking for a peaceful, low impact trail. The ranger was also really really helpful and nice!
Started Jones Gap Trail #1 at Jones Gap Park and finished Jones Gap Trail connecting to Tom Miller Trail #2 ending at Caesar's Head. The creek was full and flowing and the falls were flowing also. We did not meet up with other hikers until about the last mile prior to trail #2. While on trail #2 passed a group of 5 hiking in to over night camp at around camping spot 14. Would do this trail again, and would probably camp over night also.
This can be combined with the Rim of the Gap trail along with other bypass trails to form a loop once you hike to Caesars Head State Park at the end of the Jones Gap trail, otherwise it's out and back, but still a great hike, I stayed at Jones Gap State Park as a base camp.
The full Jones Gap Trail goes from the Jones Gap State Park Trailhead to a paved road (US 276) just a few yards below the NC state line and YMCA's Camp Greenville. I've hiked the JGT several times this winter and spring using both ends of the trail as starting points. It's a lovely hike and pretty moderate all the way through with any moderately-strenuous sections being short (
(Sorry folks, I wrote a lengthy review of this trail but AllTrails' system truncated it as you see it above. I'm not taking the time to rewrite it right now. I've submitted a support ticket and hopefully they can restore my review. If not, I'll update this one or write a new one sometime in the near future.)
This trail was wonderful! I went mid-summer on a weekday with 4 others and we easily made it out and back in 5 hours (including an hour long play session at the base of Rainbow Falls). The views were gorgeous and there were wild ripe blackberries growing on the sides of the trail. We spotted several Red Spotted Purples and many cardinals and spiders. The whole day was wonderful but Rainbow Falls was what made it worth it. The water was cool and refreshing after the 1500 foot climb from the trail head and we discovered why this place got its name! If you climb up behind the falls in the afternoon the sun shines in just the right place to make huge, vibrant rainbows! Definitely worth the climb!