Explore the most popular nature trips trails in Jones Gap State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Love this trail. Beautiful waterfall and challenging hike.

hiking
12 days ago

Exhausting, but so worth the hike! strenuous, flat, rocky, waterfalls and mist

hiking
19 days ago

Hard to believe every new trail seems even more beautiful than the last one. Trail was easy to follow (even I couldn’t get lost). Runs along the stream most of the way. Crosses under a sheer rock cliff and takes you to the base of the falls. Great today and would be great once the leaves are off in order to get a whole different perspective. Only about six others on the trail. Had the falls to myself.

Great trail, nice and wide. Follows the creek which gives you a nice ambience while hiking, but the spiderwebs were insane this time of year. I must’ve hit 50, but that was the only down side.

Tried to run this trail. took two friends. broke both my legs an hour into it. Frank lost his mind after 9 hours. We ran out of food by the third day. Joey ate a mushroom and died. I lost vision in my left eye on day 7. Frank chased a squirrell of the edge of a cliff and died. i only survived because i tripped and fell and rolled down to the bottom and landed in front of park ranger. dont attempt this trail.

hiking
29 days ago

Great hike with awesome falls at the end. As stated in other reviews, easy 0.6 mi beginning then 1.6 mi climb to the falls but well worth it. Took our dog and we had no difficulties. Went on a weekday afternoon and found ourselves alone at the falls.

hiking
1 month ago

Loved this trail! Lots of rocks and roots on the path, so you have to watch your footing, but overall it was a great hike to some awesome falls.

hiking
1 month ago

An easy hike the first hour from Main Entrance of Park, on Jones Gap Trail then a strenuous hike thereafter. Beautiful views of the river along the way, and many mini waterfalls along the way. Wide trails and some narrow paths along rocks, rock jumping too, so much variety and so worth the trek. A nice park with $5 per person fee. Plenty of parking and clean bathrooms. From parking area to Jones Gap Trail to Rainbow Falls Trail and back is about 5.1 miles.

This trail was very fun to hike. A lot of great views.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail is amazing! Very beautiful and a great view of the falls at the top!

hiking
1 month ago

One of my favorite and most rewarding hikes. A decent distance and moderate trails leading up to an amazing waterfall. Absolutely hiking here again!!

hiking
1 month ago

Gorgeous hike with a great pay off! Most of the trail has water alongside, which makes for beautiful views and cooler temperatures. My hiking buddy and I are both out of shape, novice hikers but we could do it! Took us 2 hours to the top and two hours down with plenty of breaks. Watch your footing as most of the smaller rocks are ankle turners!

I would recommend this trail to anyone. At the end of the hike there was a rewarding view. On the way up is steep and can be challenging but on the way down was the easy part. Overall this trail was amazing.

It’s worth the effort because the falls are AMAZING! This trail is rated “easy” but it definitely should be rated moderate to hard. Wear hiking boots as this is not for running shoes. The terrain is very rocky and unstable. We do a lot of Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina hiking. This is one of our favorites. You will not be disappointed with the falls.

1) Arrive early - limited parking at Trailhead.
2) First 1/3 of trail parallels river & riverbed, only a slight elevation gain, with many good photo ops w/rolling water & large boulders.
3) Once you cross over the river (on bridge) the next 2/3's of trail has a very appreciable elevation gain providing a good physical workout
4) BUT, the Rainbow Fall at the top of trail makes all efforts VERY much worth it - aprx a 160 ft free-fall water fall to which you can hike to within feet of the Fall's base.
5) GREAT Trail in all four seasons (had the opportunity to hike last winter with snow on the ground - it creates a whole different ambiance & atmosphere!). GO FOR IT, you'll be well rewarded.

hiking
1 month ago

It was super hot and humid yesterday when I hiked it which made the trail way harder. It’s not an easy trail, definitely a moderate as the second mile is most of your elevation gain. Very rocky terrain on the trail. The end is completely worth the trek. Amazing waterfall at the end. I’m used to hiking out west and this was similar to those trails. Who knew this kind of thing existed in SC!? Do this hike for sure, just don’t do it in the middle of a 90 degree day!

Amazing waterfall!! Harder than I expected, I broke a pretty good sweat getting up there. Totally worth it.

Would rate this as moderate as opposed to easy. Well marked trail, but long uphill at times. Great waterfall

on Rainbow Falls Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Great workout. Definitely broke a good sweat on the way up. Beautiful towering waterfall. Get there early because parking is limited.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome! Very good workout. Had to stop a few times to take a breather!

Fairly easy trail. Would be difficult to get lost.
Beautiful views all around. Enjoy the climb

Great workout and beautiful views! Highly recommended!!

This trail is steep, but very well maintained and Rainbow Falls was a great reward for my 11, 10, and 8 year old hiking companions.

hiking
2 months ago

Good hike to beautiful views of the falls and mountains. Well worth the time.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike and decent workout. The only bad thing i would say is that parking at Jones Gap sucks. Make sure you get there early or you will be waiting a long time for a parking spot.

Fantastic views, worth the climb. Starts off flat, becomes very rocky and steep with lots of roots. Loved it!!!

Did this rocky hike with the best friend and pup! Spray yourself with bug spray prior. The trail was lined with the river/creek for most of the way up, and there were multiple bridges that were great for the views. 10/10 would recommend!! It took us about 3 hours and 15 mins but we hung out at the waterfall for an hour.

Well marked trail. Strenuous at times - but worth the view of the falls once you arrive.

Only downfall was having to wait 30 min to even get into the park due to it being at capacity.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked this with my kids on a hot summer afternoon. It's an interesting hike with lots of different views. The lower section along the river is woodsy and pretty traveling along the river. Then you go uphill (and more uphill) giving you some expansive mountain views and some interesting giant rock faces. The falls are beautiful, but when we got to the top we heard music...large group of middle school age campers blaring not-so-great music and hanging out. Still worth it though. It's a heck of a lot quicker getting back to the bottom than making the climb!

problem is...... they do not open the park until 9AM!

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