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Caesars Head State Park has long been a must-see in the South Carolina Upstate. A granitic gneiss outcropping atop the dramatic Blue Ridge Escarpment, it offers breathtaking views year-round, especially when fall sets the hardwoods ablaze. Another annual highlight is the Hawk Watch program each fall, timed to allow visitors to marvel at the unforgettable sight of hundreds of soaring, swirling migrating raptors hawks, kites, falcons, eagles and more from the park visitors own perch at 3,200 feet above sea level. Hiking trails ranging from easy to challenging circle and traverse Caesars Head and adjoining Jones Gap state parks, which together form the Mountain Bridge Wilderness, about 11,000 acres of pristine southern mountain forest. One of the most popular trails at Caesars Head leads to 420-foot Raven Cliff Falls, where a suspension bridge offers one of the two publicly accessible overlooks to the falls as they splash deep into the mountain cove below. Picnicking and wilderness trailside camping also are highlights. The park, easily accessible with its headquarters on U.S. 276 just shy of the state line, also leads to some prime trout fishing areas in the state-designated scenic Middle Saluda River.

Jones Gap Falls is not a robust waterfall but it's very pretty and the hike along the Middle Saluda is worth it on its own. The trail is pretty rocky and can be quite wet(as in, streams across the trail) depending on the recent rainfall. You should go past Jones Gap Falls so you can see the nice cascades on the river and eventually Toll Road Falls about a mile on.

Really gorgeous waterfall! The trail is pretty difficult, especially if you have short legs(guilty); there are just some pretty big steps upward required. Also, I personally found the dark purple blazes kind of easy to lose in the late afternoon sun and got off track once(but decided to see where the path went and found a nice little spot). Worth the effort.

My best friend, Tony and I, hiked this trail yesterday. The temperature was perfect for early December and the views were extremely amazing. We did get off trail three times. The trail markers are hard to follow at times and we felt like we were climbing over more debris than we were walking on trail but it was absolutely worth every tiring moment. We started at 9:30am and completed the trail at 3:40pm. We did 9.4 miles (some of which was lost trail mileage). I would highly recommend this hike for the more professional/experienced hikers.

gorgeous but ABSOLUTELY NOT FOR DOGS with multiple ladders including a 10ft straight vertical... quite a bit of rock scrambling and crossing over multiple slick ‘waterfalls’... especially difficult with wet leaves in fall... take your trekking poles, a small daypack & a trail buddy and you’ll totally enjoy the challenge!

gorgeous but ABSOLUTELY NOT FOR DOGS with multiple ladders including a 10ft straight vertical... quite a bit of rock scrambling and crossing over multiple slick ‘waterfalls’... especially difficult with wet leaves in fall... take your trekking poles, a small daypack & a trail buddy and you’ll totally enjoy the challenge!

gorgeous but ABSOLUTELY NOT FOR DOGS with multiple ladders including a 10ft straight vertical... quite a bit of rock scrambling and crossing over multiple slick ‘waterfalls’... especially difficult with wet leaves in fall... take your trekking poles, a small daypack & a trail buddy and you’ll totally enjoy the challenge!

awesome waterfall!

Great trail! This trail is definitely hard/strenuous as a few others mentioned, but it’s 100% worth it. Great long range views along the trail (in the late fall/winter) and from the falls as well. The falls were beautiful and great for picnicking. We’ll definitely do this one again.

Great trail not too far from Greenville. We took our 5-year-old and it took us almost 1.5 hours up and an hour back out. Without little kids, it takes half that time. I wouldn't take kids any younger than 5 or 6, as there are lots of rocks and it's a bit treacherous in some spots. It's also not the best trail to wear a baby/small child, again due to the frequent large rocks and being a little slippery. But it's a good workout with beautiful views.

My wife and I hiked this trail today and just loved it. In the fall, with most of the leaves off the trees, you can see the various streams and falls from a distance. We did the loop counterclockwise, heading down the Dismal Trail then back up the Naturaland Trust Trail. We really liked the primitive quality of the Dismal and Naturaland trails. Got off the trail twice coming up the Naturaland trail because we were not paying close enough attention. There are many small waterfalls to see, two cool bridges (one made of fallen trees and the other a suspension bridge), and a section of trail at the base of a very tall rock cliff. The ascent back up Naturaland was no joke, so be prepared for some steep uphill trail segments.. the only downside was that Gum Gap and Raven Cliff Falls Trails seemed relatively boring by comparison on the final leg of the hike. We will be back with friends!