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Best trails in Cleveland

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Looking for a great trail near Cleveland, South Carolina? AllTrails has 30 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Gorges State Park or Table Rock State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Stumphouse Mountain Bike Park or Green River Gameland. Ready for some activity? There are 15 moderate trails in Cleveland ranging from 1.6 to 12 miles and from 994 to 3,202 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Rainbow Falls Trail
Jones Gap State Park
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 2 h 33 m
NOTE: If you want to visit Jones Gap before 2 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays, you need to pay $5 and reserve one of the 30 parking spots available the day before your visit. This parking fee is in addition to the visiting fee. Reserved parking spaces will be held until 2 p.m. Parking spot reservations may be made here: https://reserve.southcarolinaparks.com/mountain-bridge Starts off easy when you enter the trailhead, but will quickly get steep as you walk up a lot of stairs. We recommend bringing A LOT of water, especially during the summer. The view of the falls are BEAUTIFUL!Show more
#2 - Raven Cliff Falls and Dismal Trail Loop
Caesars Head State Park
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Length: 8.8 mi • Est. 5 h 3 m
Although dogs are allowed on this trail, some users have reported that the trail has ladders and steep rock faces, making it difficult for dogs. Combining the Raven Cliff Falls trail, the Gum Gap trail, the Naturaland Trust trail, and the Dismal trail for a great adventure! This is a great workout with a tremendous payoff. Hike trail #11(FHT/Raven Cliff Falls,easy) to trail #13 (Gum Gap,easy). Follow Gum Gap to trail #14 (Natureland Trust, strenuous) over the suspension bridge and down the the side towards Matthews Creek at the bottom. Along the way there is a great break spot on a ledge and the Cathedral formation. This section is very steep going down. Cross Matthews Creek on the cables and start the vicious switchbacks on Trail #12 (the Dismal Trail) back to trail #11 and eventually the parking lot. This hike is outstanding. Be prepared, either direction this is a hard hike with a well earned payoff.Show more
#3 - Raven Cliff Falls Trail
Caesars Head State Park
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Length: 4 mi • Est. 2 h 5 m
Raven Cliff Falls is the king of South Carolina waterfalls at an estimated 420 feet. Matthews Creek plunges off Raven Cliff Mountain at the Blue Ridge Escarpment near Caesars Head. The escarpment is where the Blue Ridge Mountains (part of the Appalachian chain) drop abruptly 2,000 feet to the Piedmont below. This sudden drop is the geologic reason why there are so many falls in the area. it is one of the most scenic and photographed waterfalls in the state. It was named for the ravens that breed in the high cliffs forming the falls. Over 150 species of ravens have been identified in this region.Show more
#4 - Falls Creek Waterfall Trail
Cleveland, South Carolina
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 1 h 19 m
This a great little workout, a bit much for the toddlers but okay for the pre-teen crowd. The hike starts uphill and stays that way for a good while. There are some flat stretches mixed in and a couple of stream crossings. Being this short the hike reaches the falls before you're too tired to enjoy the falls and they are beautiful. You can cross at the base of the falls and hike up the trail on the other side for a great picnic spot. Please note: the cables at the base of the waterfall have been removed.Show more
#5 - Pinnacle Mountain Trail
Table Rock State Park
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Length: 7.8 mi • Est. 4 h 9 m
Strenuous hike to summit of Pinnacle Mountain. Small waterfalls. Good overlook. The trailhead is just beyond the Nature Center at the edge of the parking lot. Be sure and fill out the self-service trail registration at the trailhead. The first 0.2 miles is a relatively flat, paved path that parallels a creek. Small cascades and pools are easily accessible from the trail. After the pavement ends, follow the trail signs for the Pinnacle Mtn. trail. The trail is in fair shape most of the way. There is significant erosion in a few places and parts of the trail can be quite muddy. At about the 2.5 mile mark is the Bald Rock Overlook where you can look back towards Table Rock Mtn. The summit is marked by a sign and a pile of rocks but you're in the middle of a forest with no view. Return the way you came or continue on the Ridge Trail that connects the Pinnacle Mountain and Table Rock trails.Show more
#6 - Wildcat Wayside Nature Trail
Cleveland, South Carolina
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Length: 1 mi • Est. 30 m
Located off the Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway (SC 11/US276), Wildcat Wayside Nature Trail is an easy loop of around 0.9 miles with an upper and lower falls. The trail is primarily used for hiking and accessible year-round. The lower falls can be viewed from the parking area. The upper falls can be viewed by hiking the trail loop. The loop takes you through a beautiful forest and along a stream. Signs at the upper falls encourage hikers to stay on the trail and not attempt to navigate the area at the base of the falls as there have been fatal accidents in the past.Show more
#7 - Jones Gap and Rainbow Falls Trail
Caesars Head State Park
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Length: 11.9 mi • Est. 6 h 40 m
A nicely wooded up and down hike along the Saluda River. Be aware that the trails close at 6pm (8pm during daylight savings).Show more
#8 - Ashmore Heritage Preserve Trail (Chandler Rock)
Ashmore Heritage Preserve
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 2 h 3 m
#9 - Moonshine Falls and Confusion Falls via Asbury Trail
Cleveland, South Carolina
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 2 h 46 m
Please note that this trail starts in a privately owned camp. You will need to visit during normal business hours to obtain permission to hike here. There is a cable bridge 1.5 miles into the trail. This type of bridge has one cable on bottom, and one on top that allows you to cross a stream. Although dogs are allowed to use this trail, this cable bridge would be impassable for dogs. The bridge may also be difficult to traverse for hikers. Users have reported that the trail can be rocky and unmaintained in some areas. The Naturaland Trail portion of this hike can be especially steep and overgrown. This is an excellent trail with deer, turkey, and numerous other wildlife not to mention the wide array of wildflowers along the way. The grade is easy and there are numerous stream crossings, the best being the cable crossing over Matthews Creek. After Matthews Creek you will eventually come to Moonshine Falls and a cave. This is an excellent rest place. The 40 foot waterfall makes for great photo ops. This is a relatively secluded hike as the camp owns most of the trails. You may also want to get in touch with Caesars Head Park as part of the trail after Matthews Creek is shared with their trail system for a short way before cutting off to the right.Show more
#10 - Bill Kimball - Coldspring Branch Loop
Caesars Head State Park
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Length: 5.2 mi • Est. 3 h
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