Jones Gap State Park

Marietta, North Carolina

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This state park and the adjacent Caesars Head State Park are operated as low-impact wilderness parks. This means that they are not designed like traditional parks with big drive-up campgrounds, parking lots, and heavy usage areas. Rather, the park facilities are integrated into an exceptional mountain landscape, leaving the emphasis on the natural. Foot trails lead along crystalline streams crashing over mossy boulders beneath cathedral-like forests, where rock faces offer sweeping vistas and spring wildflowers peek through leaves that colored the landscape the previous fall.
The Best In Tent Camping: The Carolinas

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The Best In Tent Camping: The Carolinas

by Johnny Molloy (Menasha Ridge Press)

This state park and the adjacent Caesars Head State Park are operated as low-impact wilderness parks. This means that they are not designed like traditional parks with big drive-up campgrounds, parking lots, and heavy usage areas.

Rather, the park facilities are integrated into an exceptional mountain landscape, leaving the emphasis on the natural. Foot trails lead along crystalline streams crashing over mossy boulders beneath cathedral-like forests, where rock faces offer sweeping vistas and spring wildflowers peek through leaves that colored the landscape the previous fall.

© 2010 Johnny Molloy/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Marietta
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Jones Gap State Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Jones Gap State Park

Recent Trail Reviews

7/1/2006
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While camping in Jones Gap Park (June 23-25) we experianced way to much rain to hike the trail so we returned the following weekend to camp and hike again. The trail has been wiped out just about 30 meters from the foot bridge that cross's over the river 1 mile in. The rains caused a part of the mountain to land slide vertually cutting the trail in two and tearing the bark off of hugh old growth tree's as they tumbled down into several piles. For now the rangers will let you hike up to the destruction but the trail is like I said cut in half. Have to say it was a spectacular site (both the river raising up 6' in the rain and the destruction along the trail). Most of the trail has also been washed of earth exposing a lot of rock so it is slightly harder then simple moderate at this point.



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