Jones Gap and Falls Trail

MODERATE 69 reviews

Jones Gap and Falls Trail is a 12.3 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.

DISTANCE
12.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2637 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

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

hiking
17 days ago

hiking
1 month 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.

2 months ago

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

hiking
4 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!

hiking
4 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.

6 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.

hiking
8 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.

hiking
9 months ago

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

9 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!!!

hiking
9 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.

10 months ago

Rainbow Trail--great workout! Beautiful

hiking
11 months ago

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 :-)

hiking
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.

hiking
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Love rainbow falls! Perfect picnic spot

hiking
Sunday, February 28, 2016

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

camping
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.

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