hiking

waterfall

Wild trout, including the rare, native brookie. Several thousand different plant and animal species. The unforgettable peace and repose of a deep mountain cove. Its all at Jones Gap State Park. Jones Gap and Caesars Head state parks together form the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area, 11,000 acres of pristine mountain woodlands on the Blue Ridge Escarpment. Jones Gap highlights include the Middle Saluda River, the states first designated scenic river. Besides trout fishing, the river serves as a living lab for the parks busy learning center, providing hands-on ecology lessons for young and old alike. The park also includes restored portions of the old Cleveland Fish Hatchery, offers trailside camping and serves as an access point to the 76-mile Foothills Trail.

birding
9 days ago

This is a great trail. A lot of it's own personality, for a trail. We've done this one several times and it doesn't get old. For viewing the falls, it is best to go after there's been a good bit of rain in the area. [Also, you can actually continue up the left side of the embankment once you've reached the falls. This is EXTREMELY dangerous, however, and should 100% NOT be attempted by anyone who is not a very seasoned hiker. You will need good hiking boots/shoes with 'teeth', patience and an excellent and sustained level of accurate environmental and situational observance.]

hiking
18 days ago

hiking
20 days ago

We love this challenging, relatively short hike with a big payoff at the end! I prefer waterproof shoes as there are a few shallow river crossings and the trail gets a little wet in some places, but you can do without.

This is a great hike for the summer months, the trail is shaded the entire way and once you reach the falls the temperature is much cooler. Bring a snack and enjoy the view!

hiking
20 days ago

Short hike, but still gives you a challenge. Great reward at the end.

Amazing trail! Steep hike up the mountain.. but worth it. Completely blown away by the Falls. I was honestly not expecting Rainbow Falls to be as breathtaking as it is. Halfway up the trail panting for air you question if the destination is worth the energy. Keep going... you won't regret it. Now on the list of favorite hikes. Tip: get there before 10 am or you will have to wait in a car line.

Challenging hike, but definitely worth it. The waterfall was insane, the hike to the waterfall was breathtaking, and the trail was kept up very well. Loved it.

hiking
1 month ago

One of the most difficult hikes I have done. But well worth it. The views along the way, climbing up rocks and the falls were all breathtaking. Would not recommend for an easy afternoon hike, but to try something different and a great workout, this is the trail. Do bring water and snacks, and take as many breaks when needed!

hiking
1 month ago

Fairly difficult hike. Uphill, narrow in places, and you do climb over rocks most of the way. I took my dog and even she had challenges in a few spots. Overall worth the hike.

Great hike!

My favorite hike in SC!

hiking
1 month ago

Not too bad of a hike. Currently a giant tree covering part of the path which is a pain to climb through. It is a straight up hike so be ready work a workout! Look out for rattlesnakes, as my dog and I encountered one higher up on the trail!!