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hiked this trail today with 2 dogs, a 5 yr old and 20 month old. excellent trail. great swimming hole at the very beginning of the trail and various water spots along the way and we were surprised to see another water fall half way through the loop. highly recommend with young ones.

2 days ago

Great hike with awesome falls at the end. As stated in other reviews, easy 0.6 mi beginning then 1.6 mi climb to the falls but well worth it. Took our dog and we had no difficulties. Went on a weekday afternoon and found ourselves alone at the falls.

Loved this trail! Lots of rocks and roots on the path, so you have to watch your footing, but overall it was a great hike to some awesome falls.

My first hike to Raven Cliff Falls was in 1966 before the current trail was made. We hiked in from Hwy. 276 near the bald rock overlook. That trail ran by the old bear hunter's cabin alongside Matthews Creek and ended at the foot of the falls. One of the most magical experiences of my life was sleeping under a full moon on the flat rock right at the bottom of the falls and seeing the spray and mist from the falls highlighted in the moon glow. Over time, I wore out the seat of several pair of shorts on the sliding rock about a mile down Matthews Creek from the falls.

An easy hike the first hour from Main Entrance of Park, on Jones Gap Trail then a strenuous hike thereafter. Beautiful views of the river along the way, and many mini waterfalls along the way. Wide trails and some narrow paths along rocks, rock jumping too, so much variety and so worth the trek. A nice park with $5 per person fee. Plenty of parking and clean bathrooms. From parking area to Jones Gap Trail to Rainbow Falls Trail and back is about 5.1 miles.

This trail is one of my all time favs!!♡♡♡

This trail was very fun to hike. A lot of great views.

awesome hike!!!! not for the inexperienced

14 days ago

This trail is amazing! Very beautiful and a great view of the falls at the top!

Great hike ! Beautiful waterfall! Jones Gap is as good as it gets!

16 days ago

One of my favorite and most rewarding hikes. A decent distance and moderate trails leading up to an amazing waterfall. Absolutely hiking here again!!

18 days ago

Gorgeous hike with a great pay off! Most of the trail has water alongside, which makes for beautiful views and cooler temperatures. My hiking buddy and I are both out of shape, novice hikers but we could do it! Took us 2 hours to the top and two hours down with plenty of breaks. Watch your footing as most of the smaller rocks are ankle turners!

Rim trial is very narrow, some places almost non existent. Lots of rocky river bed trail on Jones Gap. Do not recommend taking dogs on this loop. a few ladders to climb.

I would recommend this trail to anyone. At the end of the hike there was a rewarding view. On the way up is steep and can be challenging but on the way down was the easy part. Overall this trail was amazing.

20 days ago

Please do not use Busted Rock Rd for access to Reece Place Falls. This is a private road on private property and is not an access point for Headwaters State Forest. There is signage and a gate for a reason, please do not use this road.

I did #11, #13, #14, #12 as the app recommend. My app recorded 8.7 in 2:38 non-stop. It was very strenuous and not for the faint of heart. The swing bridge had the best view.

This hike took us right at 6 hours with several short stops. It was much longer than 7 miles, my Fitbit registered nearly 13 miles start to finish. It’s more than moderate and a few spots have some ladders/stair cases that are not so dog friendly. Going down dismal and back up the natural trail really takes it out of you so plan to take a long break at the bottom.

21 days ago

Pretty hike. The view of the falls is from far away at the overlook. I would rate this trail easy to moderate.

It’s worth the effort because the falls are AMAZING! This trail is rated “easy” but it definitely should be rated moderate to hard. Wear hiking boots as this is not for running shoes. The terrain is very rocky and unstable. We do a lot of Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina hiking. This is one of our favorites. You will not be disappointed with the falls.

27 days ago

My first hike in several years and was able to complete with little difficulty.

1) Arrive early - limited parking at Trailhead.
2) First 1/3 of trail parallels river & riverbed, only a slight elevation gain, with many good photo ops w/rolling water & large boulders.
3) Once you cross over the river (on bridge) the next 2/3's of trail has a very appreciable elevation gain providing a good physical workout
4) BUT, the Rainbow Fall at the top of trail makes all efforts VERY much worth it - aprx a 160 ft free-fall water fall to which you can hike to within feet of the Fall's base.
5) GREAT Trail in all four seasons (had the opportunity to hike last winter with snow on the ground - it creates a whole different ambiance & atmosphere!). GO FOR IT, you'll be well rewarded.

The hike is definitely a moderate hike for new or inexperienced hikers. Trail is narrow lots of roots and small obstacles. The hike was very enjoyable and a good day hike for anyone looking for a reason to get out and see nature. Would NOT recommend for kids who have never hiked before.

27 days ago

Any hike through the woods is enjoyable. The falls were small but still worth the hike. Pretty decent ascent coming back up. Chose to hike this trail because we got to the park too late to do the Raven Cliff Falls Trail. Will definitely be back.

We took the #11 trail for the view of the Raven Cliffs Falls and not the trail that went to the falls themselves (4.4 miles round trip out and back). Our group included beginner hikers so we took lots of breaks and took our time. The trail includes lots of short uphill and downhill sections and lots of tree roots -- some in our group found bringing a sturdy walking stick to be very helpful. The final lookout point was a really nicely built shelter with lots of benches for resting. The falls were quite far away but still looked really nice!

If you are used to hiking quite a bit, I would rate this as easy. I agree that it is "kid friendly" if your kid has hiked before -- we say many young kids that were doing fine with plenty of water breaks but also some that could barely handle all of the walking and were at their breaking points :(

27 days ago

It was super hot and humid yesterday when I hiked it which made the trail way harder. It’s not an easy trail, definitely a moderate as the second mile is most of your elevation gain. Very rocky terrain on the trail. The end is completely worth the trek. Amazing waterfall at the end. I’m used to hiking out west and this was similar to those trails. Who knew this kind of thing existed in SC!? Do this hike for sure, just don’t do it in the middle of a 90 degree day!

My ten year old rocked this trail with me to help celebrate by ten weeks without smoking. Needless to say when we got to the switchbacks I started to feel the kickback of all those years of smoking lol. Definitely start on gumdrop and work your way down, we did the exact opposite lol.

Great lollipop loop packed with beautiful scenery and very challenging terrain. I've hiked all over the southeast and this trail system is fantastic. Very well blazed. Be prepared and bring a backpack with at least 2 liters of water, plenty of nutrition, and safety items (light, fire starter, safety blanket, map, first aid basics). Trekking poles very helpful for this level of difficulty. I don't recommend unless you are an experienced hiker...Very well worth the elevation you gain to see THE most beautiful mountain terrain in SC!

Amazing waterfall!! Harder than I expected, I broke a pretty good sweat getting up there. Totally worth it.

Would rate this as moderate as opposed to easy. Well marked trail, but long uphill at times. Great waterfall

Would definitely rate this as more than “moderate”. Not sure what I did different but it was 9 mile hike. I did Raven Cliff Falls, down Dismal, up Natureland Trust to Gum Gap/Foothills and back out Raven Cliff Falls. The Falls were beautiful and it was exciting seeing it from the suspension bridge. Had a nice area to put your feet in the water/rest after crossing the bridge. A decent amount of downed trees I have to go over/under and a couple ladders to climb. Maybe my hike registered as longer because I did go to the Raven Cliff Falls overlook and then came back to go down Dismal. Did it clockwise like others recommended

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