Continue on an asphalt path past the picnic area and the Park Headquarters.4. Camping: Call 1-866-345-PARK (7275) or go online at www.SouthCarolinaParks.com to make your reservations today! At about the three-quarter-mile mark, you'll hit the junction to the Rainbow Falls Trail. Walk on the footpath from the parking lot and cross the footbridge over the Middle Saluda. Turn RIGHT onto River Falls Road (S-97). The terrain is gradually uphill to the falls, with large rocks and stream crossings studding the path the entire way. Buckeye Falls is a picturesque 60-70 foot waterfall just off the Hospital Rock Trail in Jones Gap State Park. Fill out a registration form before you start your hike.5. Best hike this weekend...love hiking next to water! The Jones Gap State Park trails allow hikers to traverse between the two parks, as well as connect to a portion of the Foothills Trail and Palmetto Trail South Carolina hikers know and love. Jones Gap Falls The 5.3-mile Jones Gap Trail follows an old toll road that was built by Solomon Jones in 1840 and was in use until 1910. I like to continue on the fairly short distance to this waterfall after completing the Rainbow Falls Trail. A moderate one mile hike from near the Jones Gap State Park Headquarters leads to this 50-foot falls descending over a rugged stone staircase. In this cove backcountry the river is quite wild with many waterfalls and rapids that add exciting sights and sounds to a pristine mountain woodland. Turn left onto the service road and cross a bridge. The trail to the falls follows the boulder-strewn Middle Saluda River, which is in sight most of the way. This means now, as trails go, it's wide and very reluctant … The hike to Jones Gap Falls is about 2.6 miles round trip and is a moderately strenuous hike. Passing the pond, the trail dives into the woods, leading to a group of primitive camp sites. For a round-trip hike of 2.6 miles (1.3 each way), it has a lot to offer! Its easternmost terminus is Jones Gap State Park and the 5.3-mile long trail meanders through lush woodlands towards Caesars Head State Park. You navigate boulders and it is very muddy. If you stay straight on the trail, you'll end up at another waterfall: Jones Gap Falls. The start of the Jones Gap Trail is located to left of the wooden bridge that crosses to the Ranger Station from the upper parking area. From there, the trail winds mostly downhill through forest for the next 1.8 miles until you reach a wooden sign for Jones Falls, with a short, 0.1 mile trail marked with blue blazes that takes you straight to the waterfall, for a total one-way distance of 5.3 miles. trail was clear, very rocky. Beautiful, not a bad incline at all, just technical when it comes to it being rocky. A 19-mile spur trail connects to Caesars Head and Jones Gap State Parks north of Greenville, SC. Continue on US 276 for 1.4 miles. 1-1-16 - Cindy and I chose Jones Gap State Park for our first hike of the New Year and as I was updating my blog, I looked at this page on my site and saw that I hadn't updated it since 2006 when part of the trail was closed. It cost $5.30. A big portion of the hike seems like an old creek bed. Waterfalls a pretty sight narrow entrance to the waterfall. The waterfall is located in Jones Gap State Park, part of the Middle Bridge Wilderness area. The trail to Jones Gap Falls is very pleasant as it follows the river the majority of the hike. Jones Gap Trail to Rainbow Falls, Jones Gap State Park. Creating community through people, parks and programs.Visit a local or state park near you. You have to travel through the Palmetto Bible Camp to find it. Dog enjoyed it. Therefore, it is not recommended for … Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. It's a 2.5 mile hike to the base of the waterfall and the hike gains over 1200' in elevation which could make this a strenuous hike for Nice trail. We took the Jones Gap Trail (blue blazes) to the Rainbow Falls Trail (red blazes). Lots of rocks and wet, but not too challenging and still fun. it follows the river pretty closely with a couple very small streams crossing the trail, nothing you couldn't easily cross. It is easy to follow and is marked with blue blazes. Going to try Caesar’s Head next time. With attractions like Rainbow Falls and the Rim-of-the-Gap Trail within its boundaries, its understandable that I had yet to visit this lesser-known natural wonder of Jones Gap State Park. We will likely try the Rainbow Falls next time. Had to constantly look down so couldn’t really take in scenery. Cold temperatures and ice have forced the seasonal closure of the yellow-blazed, western section of the Rim of the Gap Trail (between junction with trails 15-Frank Coggins, and 21-John Sloan). It's a great walk along the side of the river it can be a little muddy in spots I recommend it to everybody. 1. Take a moment to look at the kiosk and fill out the registration info. Great trail. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and fishing. You can expect rocky trails similar to old creek beds. The trail begins alongside the rock-walled trout pond left over from the Cleveland Fish Hatchery built in that location in 1931. Excellent bird watching can be enjoyed on this trail. From the parking lot follow the signs to the visitors center and then follow the signs to Jones Gap Trail. Jones Gap Trail follows the river as it courses its way down through Jones Gap. Both Jones Gap Falls and Rainbow Falls are two amazing hikes through the back country of the park. From Greenville, NORTH on US 276 past junction with SC 11 at Cleveland2. saw half a dozen people coming back from rainbow falls, and had Jones gap falls to ourselves for the 20 minutes we stopped at the falls, Lake Wattacoo Via Mountain Bridge Passage Trail, Ashmore Heritage Preserve Trail (Chandler Rock), Jones Gap and Coldspring Branch to Bill Kimball Trail, Mine Mountain, Cart Trail, and Laurel Ridge Loop, Bridal Veil Falls via Mine Mountain, Cart Trail, Corn Mill Shoals, Pretty Place and Rainbow Falls via Hospital Rock and Jones Gap Trail [PRIVATE PROPERTY], Oil Creek, Pinnacle Pass, Rim of the Gap Loop, Gum Gap Trail - Foothills Trail Extension: Jones Gap to Sassafras Mountain. Backcountry campsites 10-13 are located fairly close to the falls and river. The trailhead to Rainbow Falls starts just past the visitors center on the other side of the Middle Saluda River. At about the halfway point, the trail turns to the right to head up to Rainbow Falls. Falls Creek Falls is a waterfall in Jones Gap State Park that features a 50-foot cascade that breaks over several stages. The trail to the falls follows the boulder-strewn https://www.alltrails.com/parks/us/south-carolina/jones-gap-state-park There’s a lot of easy parts but just enough rocks, streams to cross and roots to make it interesting. Several pools in the river provide wading opportunities and salamander hunts. There is not a number parking spot. Cross on the stepping stones of the tributary just past Campsite 11 and immediately turn right onto the short spur trail to the falls. It’s pretty easy with little elevation gain. When it comes to angling-especially trout fishing-South Carolina really shines. I'm not sure if the waterfall is on Camp Greenville property or is now part of Jones Gap State Park, but this is now the official trail to the waterfall. To get to Rainbow falls you will initially follow the blue blazed Jones Gap Trail for … The Jones Gap Trail follows the Middle Saluda River from the park visitor center along an old roadway built by Solomon Jones in the 1850s. Jones Gap State Park: Rainbow Falls is Excellent - See 115 traveler reviews, 175 candid photos, and great deals for Marietta, SC, at Tripadvisor. At about 1 mile the trail crosses the river over a very nicely constructed bridge that provides a great view of the Middle Saluda River. Start off on the Jones Gap Trail, a pleasant walk along the Middle Saluda River. Departing Jones Gap, travel approximately .75 miles along the blue blazed Jones Gap Trail, then veer to the right onto the red blazed Rainbow Falls Trail. You have to make a reservation online before you can enter the park. Jones Gap Falls is a delightful 40 Foot cascade tucked away in Jones Gap State Park. The Foothills Trail is an 80-mile foot trail running along the Blue Ridge Escarpment from Oconee State Park north of Walhalla, SC to Table Rock State Park north of Pickens, SC. The trail is part of an old toll road that was constructed by Solomon Jones in 1840 and was in use until 1910. Make sure you pack it in and pack it out. To the right just past the bridge is the bulletin board that marks the beginning of Jones Gap Trail. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. The other two popular falls in the area are Falls Creek Falls and Raven Cliff Falls but require an extended run or drive to reach them. The falls were nice. Sorry about that! Ranger told us that the hike from information center to the Jones Gap Falls was “easy”. The trail, a spur of the 80-mile long Foothills Trail, runs from US 276 above Caesars Head in the west to Jones Gap State Park in the east. Our 2.2 mile hike to Rainbow Falls begins at Jones Gap State Park. 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