Explore the most popular waterfall 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.

Jones gap Rainbow falls beautiful but stuff. lol love it!

Fun hike, would not necessarily call it a hard one, more on the moderate side. There were some portions of stone steps that got the heart racing, but nothing difficult by any means. The falls are beautiful! Make sure you veer off the left when you get to the falls to get a closer look, that way you can get the sun to shine into the water and you'll see where the name comes from!

on Rainbow Falls Trail

hiking
22 days ago

Beautiful walk along the Middle Saluda for first 3/4 mile of the trail. Good bit of elevation in the mile heading up to the falls. Well worth the effort!! DON'T MISS THE CLIMB BY THE FALLS. When you arrive at the base of the falls, walk up the left side and cross over the creek to a 25 ft lookout on the right side of the falls. You'll look back thru the fall into the sun!!

Hospital Rock trail was great hiking but long. Watch out for the ticks in May. We had about 10 or 12 ticks that hitched a ride on each of us

Very hard hike.. Pleasant view from all angles. The waterfall was definitely worth the trip. A bit much of a hike for one day... I pushed my body to the limit and enjoyed every minute!!!

hiking
1 month ago

I had no idea how much elevation gain there was to the waterfalls! I left Jones Gap State Park, and the first 3/4 mile is a pleasant walk on a wooded trail. After that the grade increases sharply for over a 1000 foot gain in elevation in a little more than a mile. There are some steep steps along the way, but the falls were well worth the effort! I stayed there 45 minutes, enjoying the beauty and hydrating for the return. Beautiful falls! It was very warm in July!

hiking
1 month ago

I liked it. A very nice hike. Not very difficult and nice falls at the end. I hiked it alone and have no desire to do it again unless a friend ask me to go.

Great hike. Took us (family of 4 with 2 out of shape parents and 2 in shape teenagers) a little over an hour to reach the falls and about 50 minutes to get down. That included a few breaks to rest, hydrate and/or check out the scenery.

Trails are well maintained with steps in all steep sections.

Falls are beautiful. Worth the effort. Plan to spend at least 30 minutes up there.

Had to wait about an hour to get in the park. We were 7th car in line when we arrived at about 1:00 PM on a Thursday during spring break.

hiking
2 months ago

I am 5’0 and some of the steps were taller than I wanted. This is a tough hike (didn’t realize I had a broke foot when I hiked it). Worth every step I took!!!
Spectacular view!

hiking
2 months ago

My husband, daughter (10 years old) and I took the Jones Gap Trail and used the Coldsprings Trail to make it a loop. Saw several waterfalls, and had fun trying to make it over streams. The mountains were gorgeous. We ended up hiking about 10 miles. The trails are all well marked and are moderate difficulty level.

I walked this trail from the YMCA camp with a group of kids from my son's school the boys loved it. my fit bit clocked 81 flights of stairs during thjis hike.

My favorite hike in SC! Starts rocky at the bottom and then it’s somewhat strenuous as you take the Rainbow Falls trail off the Jones Gap Falls trail. Definitely worth it though as the views from the base of the falls are one of a kind. I also climbed to the top around the left edge of the cliff. Views from there are also spectacular, but only attempt if you’re confident in your climbing ability.

stunning.

Great hike. Dogs and humans enjoyed it very much!

camping
3 months ago

Our trip was on Oct 30th 2017. We backpacked in and camped at site 11, just before Jones Gap Falls. The portion of the trail we hiked to get to our camp site was gorgeous, fun and challenging at times with the rocky terrain. We LOVED site 11, it was roomy with the sounds of the river and nearby waterfall. I would have loved to stay longer and explore more of the trail, definitely plan to return to hike some more.

Wonderful short hike. Beautiful falls and stream.

Great loop. The creek is gorgeous and there are more waterfalls than are marked on the map. Took me 5 hours with pauses to catch my breath. Definitely ascend on the Cold Spring Branch trail and descend on Tom Miller/Jones Gap — the Tom Miller trail is very steep.

Beautiful when the waterfall is frozen.

What a fun hike!

Warm up on Jones Gap with a steady ascend for about 2 miles, hop back and forth across the creek and then head up the mountain on Coldspring Branch (breaking a bit of sweat here!) only to end up on your backside in certain places making your way back down on Bill Kimball! After that it's all downhill back to the parking lot!
We met about 10-12 people, the majority of them on Jones Gap, 3 on Coldspring Branch, and none on Bill Kimball.

hiking
4 months ago

took my bassett hound on this trail and it was a perfect hike. tough on the way in and easy out.

hiking
5 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

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.

hiking
6 months ago

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

hiking
6 months ago

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

hiking
6 months ago

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

hiking
6 months 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

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