Jones Gap and Falls Trail

MODERATE 70 reviews

Jones Gap and Falls Trail is a 11.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Cleveland, South Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

11.9 miles
2778 feet

dog friendly



nature trips






wild flowers



A nicely wooded up and down hike along the Saluda River. Be aware that the trails close at 6pm.

2 months ago

3 months ago

Jones Gap Falls is not a robust waterfall but it's very pretty and the hike along the Middle Saluda is worth it on its own. The trail is pretty rocky and can be quite wet(as in, streams across the trail) depending on the recent rainfall. You should go past Jones Gap Falls so you can see the nice cascades on the river and eventually Toll Road Falls about a mile on.

4 months ago

One of my favorites. Longer than it is hard, but beautiful at all parts. Very busy on weekends.

6 months ago

A party of 11, plus two dogs. Kids 8-14. The first part (Jones Gap Trail from Raven Falls parking lot) was a breeze because it was downhill the whole way. 1.3 miles in we stopped at a waterfall and ate. 3.5-4 to the Coldspring/Kimball junction. Bill Kimball trail was aggressive especially carrying my small dog up the side of a mountain. It was an adventure tho and I would do it again!

6 months ago

Jones Gap is an easy to moderate trail with rushing streams, beautiful waterfalls and plenty of backcountry campsites. Falls Trail will put you to work, but Rainbow Falls is worth the climb.

If you're hiking during or after heavy rain, you may encounter high stream crossings on the way back to the trailhead.

8 months ago

Took this trail to the water fall then came back and connected to rainbow falls trail. Easy hike but rocky. Falls were nice. Get there early as suggested.

10 months ago

Great hike! Depending on rain you might get your feet wet but beautiful start to finish and not too crowded.
We did Cold Spring to Jones Gap, then the little .7 back to parking. Going this way crazy uphill on that .7.

11 months ago

Awesome day hiking with my uncle. The trail is well maintained-parking can be an issue so get there early.

11 months ago

Beautiful trail! We spent the weekend camping off of this trail and hiking the many trails in the area. We will definitely be back!!!

11 months ago

Went there in 2014. Big bubbling creek and 2 water falls. Great trails. Best place I've been hiking and camping beside the creek. Beautiful! Love to go back if traveling down that way.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Rainbow Trail--great workout! Beautiful

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Awesome place and very good trails.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Great day for a looonngg hike! Parked in the Mountain Bridge lot. Made the loop counterclockwise but doubt it mattered which way you go. Took the 1.6 mile spur up to Rainbow Falls. Strenuous climb almost like a mini-Table Rock but well worth. The Fall was partially frozen and was a beautiful payoff. My app had the loop at 13 miles, took about 6 1/2 hrs.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Awesome trail! Did this one at night with 40° temp. Was cold and scary but still worth it! unforgettable memories :-)

Friday, October 21, 2016

Enjoyed this hike!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Take Cold Creek trail in as it will be all downhill. connect with the Jones gap trail then up to the falls. on the way back take the Jones gap trail to Tom Miller.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Love rainbow falls! Perfect picnic spot

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Great trail but get to the park early otherwise you have to wait for ages due to minimal parking

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Hiked five miles in to camp site 011. Had a blast. Parts of the hike are very strenuous; especially in wet conditions. Waterfalls and rapids galore. Highly recommend.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Hiked half of the trail with some friends (for #optoutside) who's ages varied from 31 to 63. The trail is very rocky which makes it a bit tricky underfoot at times, but overall, it's a solid easy to moderate trail. (Of course that's considering only the first half). The river and the falls that the trail runs next to are beautiful and the trail is very well maintained. Go early... The parking lot is small and fills up quickly.

Monday, November 23, 2015

love this section, always beautiful an the local rangers keep the trail well mantained.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

We didn't get to the park until 3 today and didn't realize they closed the trails at 6. We started the JGT at the ranger's recommendation and just calculated a turn around time and ended up hiking out to the JG Waterfall (which was really pretty!) and then a few more miles past it out and back. The trail is easy with one or two very brief steep parts. It follows a large creek for the first few miles. It is a very peaceful, and wasn't busy at all when we were there. Lots and lots and lots of rocks on the trail, which adds some texture to the trail. Our girl (a mountain curr/shepherd mix) absolutely loved it too! There is a nice bridge and some pretty nice views, though nothing really high up. Very good if you are looking for a peaceful, low impact trail. The ranger was also really really helpful and nice!

Friday, July 03, 2015

Started Jones Gap Trail #1 at Jones Gap Park and finished Jones Gap Trail connecting to Tom Miller Trail #2 ending at Caesar's Head. The creek was full and flowing and the falls were flowing also. We did not meet up with other hikers until about the last mile prior to trail #2. While on trail #2 passed a group of 5 hiking in to over night camp at around camping spot 14. Would do this trail again, and would probably camp over night also.

Sunday, May 03, 2015

This can be combined with the Rim of the Gap trail along with other bypass trails to form a loop once you hike to Caesars Head State Park at the end of the Jones Gap trail, otherwise it's out and back, but still a great hike, I stayed at Jones Gap State Park as a base camp.

Friday, April 10, 2015

The full Jones Gap Trail goes from the Jones Gap State Park Trailhead to a paved road (US 276) just a few yards below the NC state line and YMCA's Camp Greenville. I've hiked the JGT several times this winter and spring using both ends of the trail as starting points. It's a lovely hike and pretty moderate all the way through with any moderately-strenuous sections being short (

(Sorry folks, I wrote a lengthy review of this trail but AllTrails' system truncated it as you see it above. I'm not taking the time to rewrite it right now. I've submitted a support ticket and hopefully they can restore my review. If not, I'll update this one or write a new one sometime in the near future.)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

This trail was wonderful! I went mid-summer on a weekday with 4 others and we easily made it out and back in 5 hours (including an hour long play session at the base of Rainbow Falls). The views were gorgeous and there were wild ripe blackberries growing on the sides of the trail. We spotted several Red Spotted Purples and many cardinals and spiders. The whole day was wonderful but Rainbow Falls was what made it worth it. The water was cool and refreshing after the 1500 foot climb from the trail head and we discovered why this place got its name! If you climb up behind the falls in the afternoon the sun shines in just the right place to make huge, vibrant rainbows! Definitely worth the climb!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Nice trail, a little rocky but not bad. A nice waterfall about 2 miles in, i didn;t hike the whole trail tho. I did fine some great camping spots too :)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

I hiked the trail with a friend and his dog this past was scenic and peaceful!! We only encountered 4 other people on the trail! A warm, sunny day in early March is a great to explore this trail.

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

The Palmetto trail at Jones Gap is rocky. The rainbow falls trail is steep, but it has a nice view of the falls. There was a kid's group there that I had to maneuver around. The pinnacle trail is strenuous, brushy, and somewhat dangerous. I had a good time dipping into the streams.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Very nice trail. Would not recommended if you are taking small children since sections are very strenuous and at some points steep. Scenery is excellent and there are lots of other trails in this area. Highly recommended for a day hike. The weather this time of year (March) is perfect for this part of the state for hiking.

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