Jones Gap and Coldspring Branch to Bill Kimball Trail (Jones Gap State Park, SC)

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Jones Gap and Coldspring Branch to Bill Kimball Trail (Jones Gap State Park, SC) is a 9.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Marietta, South Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
9.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1833 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

The Jones Gap Trail (blue) is an easy to moderate trail following the Saluda river. It's a steady ascent which gets quite rocky/rooty at times. There are several nice spots by the river to take a break! At about .6 miles (1km) the Rainbow Falls Trail starts off to the right (which is moderate to hard and about 1 1/2 miles long.) Another .6 miles down and the trail to the Jones Gap Falls will be on the right. It's just a couple of hundred feet long and worth taking a look. The Coldspring Branch Trail (orange) crosses the creek several times. It is a little steeper (moderate) leading up through forested areas. The Bill Kimball Trail (pink) is what makes this loop hard. Having reached the highest point of the hike, there are several areas on the way down where one might just have to be on all fours (around the rock walls which are beautiful!) Once back to the Saluda, the return is easy! Enjoy!!!

hiking
21 days ago

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.