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.

Didn’t know the difficulty before starting. Trail was tough in spots, but so worth it.

Fairly Strenuous hike in some places but well worth the hike to see this beautiful, spectacular water fall. Be sure to pack plenty of water or your water filter. I always carry my Sawyer Mini Water Filter which is ideal. Lots of water falling over the granite rock. Love this hike that we have made this hike about 6 times now. Have fun,

Tried to start on Oil Camp Road but could not find the entrance. Navigation lead us to Bowers Road instead. Went up to 276 and started here. Multiple switchbacks going down, then the trail straightens out following Oil Camp Creek. Two waterfalls about a mile before Oil Camp Road. Found the entrance on Oil Camp Road. Nice trail, 6.5 miles total out and back, not too steep going back up. May return to find waterfalls on Oil Camp Creek, was too cold today. Could also connect to Rim of the Gap trail from here.

Great hike. Made it to Hospital Rock and about a half hour further up the mountain. Did not make it to the falls. It was challenging up the mountain as I carried a backpack with some weight. I was breathing like I was hyperventilating and loved the challenge. Really enjoyed this hike and will do it again. It was a gorgeous day and I was with two friends. I will sleep well tonight.

Great little trail with a fantastic waterfall as your reward at the end.

hiking
1 month ago

Strenuous hike with an awesome payoff, between the beautiful views from the trail, the cliffs and the stunning waterfall.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful scenery, easy hike, never lost my breath. Should have did this three times to get my cardio.

hiking
1 month ago

I don't know if I've seen more beautiful falls, and I have seen a few. The trail is rigorous, though not the most rigorous I've ever done. I did sweat in my layered clothing in the late fall on our ascent. I recommend starting early so as to be able to enjoy a long rest at the falls before descending again. My buddy and I brought our hammocks and relaxed for a while before heading back down. Not a lot of traffic.

Nice hike good footing worth the effort. On a sunny day might get lucky and see the rainbow from the falls.

This was my first hiking experience.
I enjoyed it immensely

My husband and I enjoyed this hike. The terrain is somewhat challenging in a couple of places. The view at the waterfall is pretty spectacular!

camping
2 months ago

Loved this hike. You can camp along the trail but you need to check in with a ranger. FYI site 14 is a long way to carry stuff. You will walk through small streams along the path of its been raining

hiking
2 months ago

We started at the Jones Gap State Park parking lot and followed the Jones Gap Trail for about 3/4 of a mile where it continues to the left and the Rainbow Falls trail starts to the right. From here it's a moderate to hard trail up to the falls but definitely worth it. Since we started early in the morning we met most of the traffic on our way back down.

This isn't our first time here and it won't be our last! Jones Gap State Park has a lot to offer!

Tough hike but totally worth it!

Good for my morning cardio. uneven terrain the whole trail- rocky, rooty. But the waterfall.... AH-MAZING!

hiking
2 months ago

Great leg workout hiking uphill. Lots of steps. I recommend footwear with good ankle support because of all the rocks you're walking through. I went the day after a heavy rainfall so the waterfalls were coming down pretty heavy and in great amount. Great intermediate hike. Not for beginners.

Beautiful trail. From the parking lot to the waterfall and back, it takes a total of 3.5 to 4 hours at a reasonable pace. It's challenging, but kid/dog friendly. If you're not into climbing steps, this may not be for you. The waterfall at the end is definitely worth it!

Great hike! I don't recommend if you are severely out of shape! Very steep in places. the falls are amazing and totally worth the hike! I'd recommend trying an easier trail if you've never been hiking before.

Great hike with Beautiful water fall.

Nice fairly strenuous hike to very pretty waterfall. Out and back. Allow about 4 hours or so with a break for lunch.

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