Rim of the Gap Trail to Jones Gap Trail

HARD 34 reviews

Rim of the Gap Trail to Jones Gap Trail is a 12.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Cleveland, South Carolina that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. 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
12.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3848 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

scramble

hiking
8 days ago

Good hike for exercise but no good lookouts / vantage points along the trail. First 2-3 miles were technical and fun but the remainder of the hike was lackluster.

Took about 6 hours to complete, which included a quick dip in the river and lunch.

15 days ago

hiking
19 days ago

Listen up: Rim of the Gap is rated hard because it's a tough trail, even for experienced hikers. Rugged, narrow trails with steep switchbacks, boulders to scramble, ladders, elevation changes, etc. Allow yourself plenty of time to push through the very technical 5.3 miles.

If you hike Falls Trail AND Rim of the Gap, you'll definitely feel it the next day.

hiking
1 month ago

I wouldn't say it's a hard trail, but she sure is technical. Not a hike if you like epic views, but definitely a hike for hikers (trail is beautiful).

1 month ago

Great trail, to make it a bit more intense start at Jones Gap and hike up to Caesar.

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trail running
3 months ago

such a fun trail... first 4km is hard and takes about an hour... lots of waterfalls and river crossings.. Rainbow waterfall is really cool.. takes me 3hr 15min to run/hike it

hiking
4 months ago

Fantastic trail. We started at Jones Gap parking, looped up to Jones Gap Falls, then looped around to the Rim trail. Almost constant elevation change for much of the loop, but very enjoyable climb on natural terrain. Trail was very wet as it is spring and there are streams and waterfalls everywhere. The last mile or two descending back to the parking lot did seem to take forever as it is very gradual and much easier than the previous miles.

hiking
4 months ago

4 months ago

As advertised when it comes to difficulty. Didn't find it to be as adventurous or death-defying as I thought it might be. We parked in Mountain Bridge lot and took connector trails to it. First two miles of RoG were slow and technical. Last 2 were easy and all downhill. Looped back on Jones Gap and Bill Kimball. Ole Bill was 2 miles of uphill abuse! Would choose a different return next time but all must ascend rather steeply out of river valley so it probably doesn't matter which you take. 11 miles took nearly 7 hours due to RoG and BK terrain. This loop is not for the ill prepared. Nevertheless it's always a good day to enjoy God's creation with your son.

6 months ago

Amazing trail. It nearly took everything out of me. Loved every minute. It was also nerve wracking and a little scary. Neither for the faint of heart nor the uninitiated. About 2 miles in, coming from the Caesar's head visitor's center, I had to stop and refocus, away from my fear and onto the fun. The trail is narrow, and extremely narrow in some spots. The sheer drops off the trail are indescribable. If there had been a way out, I may have taken it, but I was with an excellent guide, my husband, who knew my experience and ability, and he got me through it. The climb out of the gap, from blue to orange, to blue connector, to purple back to the visitors center was challenging. Am I glad I did it? Yes. My gps logged 11 miles on this loop. It took us 7 hrs with only 15 minutes for lunch.

hiking
8 months ago

We sorely underestimated the difficulty of this hike. It was exhausting - constant elevation changes, climbing over roots, scrambling over rocks, navigating narrow ledges with steep drop offs. This loop took us over 7 hours. The challenge made it really fun - like an obstacle course/hike combo. Be prepared if you take on this one!

9 months ago

Very fun trail! Lots of stream crossing, waterfalls.. pretty technical first 4km.. beautiful trail!

10 months ago

This is a very difficult trail and requires attentiveness to blazes. Lost the trail a few times and had to backtrack and find blazes. Very difficult terrain, too. But it is definitely worth it if you like to hike and are in pretty good shape. Part of the loop has some amazing waterfalls if you venture down to the stream (50 yards off the trail) at some places, and there are some good views every now and again on the actual rim of the gap trail. Would definitely reccomend, but be careful!

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hiking
Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Difficult, but worth it!!!