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Tougher than I expected but was a good workout. Beautiful views along the lake.

Trail well maintained. Pup loved it, a few streams to cross and the falls are gorgeous. Bring the bug spray.

Tried to find the Trail with the gps, no success on finding the destination of the trail.

This was an amazing start to the many trails we covered this weekend. The trails are navigatable but I used walking sticks to help a little climb up and down the terrain. Going to the bottom was well worth it. A family brought a picnic and sat on the rocks at the first area of falls to enjoy the scenery. So worth it if you want to try your skills at hiking along tree roots to get around.

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.

We just went on a brisk 1.5 mile walk with our dog post Hurricane Flo. Nice breeze. Not a very busy trail. The Awendaw Path was definitely less traveled as the green got much thicker the further we went. Lots of swamp areas. Look out for the large female banana spiders! Overall an easy straight in and back trail.

One of my favs

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

trail running
4 days ago

Great for a run - especially in fall!

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

awesome hike!!!! not for the inexperienced

Short but strenuous 2 miles uphill hike to the top with an INSANE waterfall. So worth it. Well marked with purple circles on trees. Highly recommend!!

Nice Scenic trail to get away from it all , or to walk your dog on. Just a beautiful stroll in the forest .

hiking
9 days ago

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

hiking
9 days ago

Beautiful, straightforward hike. Little to no change in elevation. Tons of spiders, but overall a nice, easy day hike. The bridge is the best part!

This was a very quaint family friendly park with plenty of picnic tables and grills to use.

a very tall two tier falls. first section is normal plunge second is Cascade. very steep to get to falls but worth it

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

Really nice trail! Water on both sides! Very peaceful. It is paved which was nice and very spacious so plenty of room for people biking and me with my dog!

hiking
11 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!!

11 days ago

I did it counter-clockwise. The downhill part at the beginning (the foot-traffic only trail) was actually very challenging on the knees and toes, but my body was thanking me when I was able to do the gradual return hike up instead. It was a nice hike, no spectacular over looks or water views, but still relaxing. Only saw one biker on this Friday early afternoon.

12 days ago

This is by far the most difficult trail I’ve ever done. Going up is basically like 2-2.5 hours of stairmaster. There is a brief reprieve between mile 2.0 - 2.5 and after you reach the summit the last half mile is all downhill on the far side of the summit to the overlook. The hardest part for me was the half mile back to the summit when I started back down the trail from the overlook, probably just because I was so worn out from coming up. The whole trail out and back is 7.2 miles (3.6 each way). There is a lot of visible damage from recent storms, but overall a nice scenic journey. The halfway shelter is so-so, but there is a big boulder just past it that’s perfect for a rest and has A+ views. A little scrambling was required between mile 2.5 and the summit, but nothing tough. Steps have been cut/blasted into some of the steeper rock faces which makes it easy to scale those. The views from the overlook are truly some of the best I have ever seen and really gave me a new respect for the SC upstate area. There were some nice water features on the initial part of the trail also. My legs were complete jelly when I got back to the bottom and my extremities were starting to get swollen and stiff, but it was in the low 80’s and extremely humid. All in all I was glad I did it though, feels like a real accomplishment. I started at 8:30 am on a weekday and didn’t pass a single person all the way up, but did meet a few people on the way down. Seemed like there was minimal park staff around.

hiking
13 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.

Nice walk. Pretty view of the river.

hiking
14 days ago

Moderate for sure, although steep and lots of roots to trip you up along sections. Great place to use hiking poles. For about 60% of the trail, you share it with mountain bikers. Takes about an hour or so.

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