Jones Gap and Falls Trail

MODERATE 28 reviews

Jones Gap and Falls Trail is a 12.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Cleveland, SC 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.

12.3 miles 3072 feet Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

A nicely wooded up and down hike along the Saluda River. Be aware that the trails close at 6pm.

10 days ago

Awesome trail! Did this one at night with 40° temp. Was cold and scary but still worth it! unforgettable memories :-)

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Enjoyed this hike!

3 months ago

4 months ago

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.

hiking
6 months ago

Love rainbow falls! Perfect picnic spot

hiking
9 months ago

Great trail but get to the park early otherwise you have to wait for ages due to minimal parking

camping
11 months ago

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.

1 year ago

love this section, always beautiful an the local rangers keep the trail well mantained.

hiking
1 year ago

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!

1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

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.

camping
1 year ago

1 year ago

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.

hiking
1 year ago

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.)

1 year ago

hiking
2 years ago

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!

hiking
2 years ago

hiking
2 years ago

Nice trail, a little rocky but not bad. A nice waterfall about 2 miles in, i didn;t hike the whole trail tho. I did fine some great camping spots too :)