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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.

We had a great time. Definitely worth the view!!

About 2.5 miles each way up mostly rocky stairs, with some creeks and a big waterfall at the top of the red marked trail... My dog and I really enjoyed it.

Trail has been made nearly impassable by Hurricane Irma. Many large trees have fallen across the trail. If you attempt it you will eventually begin seeing a white blaze marking the trail. The blaze begins about a quarter of a mile down the road bed. Stay with the white blazes and you will eventually reach highway 276. Total in and back distance is 6.6 miles.

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5 days ago

Great hike! Basically all up hill with lots of stairs, but take it at a nice pace and you'll enjoy it more. it's worth all the effort once you see that gorgeous waterfall. it's pretty big. Huuuuge. :-)

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9 days ago

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9 days ago

I loved it. Great and fun. Good weather too.

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10 days ago

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12 days ago

Mentally and physically challenging. I'm glad I accomplished it but I wouldn't do it again. There were a few good spots but it took me 8 hours.

If you are looking for peace and tranquility, and nature at its finest this is the trail you will not want to skip. Very well maintained.Not overtly difficult but a good workout. Im new to hiking but i will be back. Rainbow fall is worth the trek. Made it up in an hour and down in 40 minutes jogged most of the way down. Tricky to jog because of the rocks and roots. Rangers were really helpful also. Highly recommend this trail.

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20 days ago

WE DID IT!!!!!

Hard hike but beautiful at the end - totally worth it!

I really enjoyed this trail. Will definitely be a repeat offender.

This trail was more challenging than I anticipated, but it was worth every step. Your typical trail in the southern Appalachians, with deep forest but the ascent gets pretty steep toward the end. You can begin to hear the Falls as you get close and it doesn't disappoint in the least when you finally make it there!!

It was fun to get close to the Falls and see the individual water drops falling down. Many great boulders to sit down and have lunch on too!