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.

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!

7 days 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


13 days 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!

18 days ago

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

23 days 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.


This was a definite challenge for average hiker. The rocky path and steep steps makes this a great hike with a beautiful reward as the falls are amazing. This is a great place to picnic, hike and camp.The leaves should be awesome in about two more weeks.