Jones Gap Trail

Jones Gap State park, South Carolina

Distance3.8mi
Elevation Gain2,352ft
Trailhead Elevation1,340ft
Top2,501ft
Elevation Min/Max1340/2501ft
Elevation Start/End1340/1340ft
Jones Gap Trail is a hiking trail in Greenville County, South Carolina. It is within Jones Gap State park and Caesar's Head State Park. It is 3.8 miles long and begins at 1,340 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,352 feet. The Toll Road Falls and Ben's Sluice attractions can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Rim of the Gap Trail, Rainbow Falls Trail and Jones Gap Falls Trail.

Jones Gap Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Part of the 11,000-acre Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area, Jones Gap is a peaceful yet popular area due to five waterfalls and numerous trails located in the park. Rainbow Falls has been a favorite hiking destination for years, especially with campers from the nearby YMCA Camp Greenville.

There’s even an alternate route to the falls accessed through the campgrounds. Don’t let the short distance on this hike fool you. It’s a very steep elevation change, and you will be crawling over boulders. But it’s definitely worth it—the waterfall is the best in South Carolina."

"A relatively easy day hike along the scenic Middle Saluda River from Jones Gap State Park to Caesar's Head State Park. The Jones Gap Trail is full of delights, chief of which is the relative ease of the hike, surprising in a trail that ascends 1,600 feet over its 5-mile length.

The trail was built in the 1840s by Solomon Jones as a toll road. Legend says that Jones chose his route by releasing a pig and following it, knowing it would take the easiest path. The story is certainly apocryphal; what Jones followed was the Middle Saluda River, knowing that the stream finds the easiest way down. And so it proved."

"Following the Middle Saluda River over its entirety, this portion of the Jones Gap Trail is easily among my favorites. You enjoy the sights and sounds of cascade after wonderfully flowing cascade, while the pups have ample opportunity to safely splash around in several swim holes along this magnificent river.

On the way to Ben’s Sluice, you’ll pass a challenging side trail leading to Rainbow Falls, and an easy spur trail that quickly brings you to view Jones Gap Falls. Without a doubt, you and the dogs are sure to enjoy exploring the Mountain Bridge Wilderness.
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"With more than 30 miles of trails at Jones Gap State Park, there are a lot of choices. This hike covers a pleasant, moderately strenuous trail that traverses boulders, passes several streams, and follows alongside the Saluda River.

A toll road built in the 1840s and in use until 1910, the path followed the Middle Saluda River downstream. Now riddled with boulders, the trail looks more like an old creek bed than a road— and thus makes for an interesting journey."

Jones Gap Trail Reviews

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6/17/2011
This is what a secluded stream valley should feel like. The forest canopy, mossy green rocks, the rich moist air and the sound of the river comforted me as we hiked. There are no broad vistas so we focused on the small sights - the plants and animals. It's a feel-good place, not an awe-inspiring one. Our walk-in campsite was perfectly situated from the trail, the river and the parking lot. We will return this summer.
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10/10/2008
Jones Gap provides well kept trails and easy hikes. I chose to stay 2 nights at the primitive campsites. I recomend site 13! Most of the sites site along running streams. No trout while I was there. There are numerous waterfalls to see, and breathtaking landscape around every turn.
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5/8/2008
good hike with varying difficulties a great litmus test
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8/2/2005
Well marked trails along a beautiful white water river containing trout. Even though it was a warm day and the humidity was up, the hike was very pleasant. There are a number of primative camp site all along the trail. Most of the trail is an easy hike, punctuated by sections of rocky and steep up hile grade, making the trails over all on the moderate scale. The trail is in the middle of pristine forest and extensively shaded. There are several wonderful water falls and small streams periodically cross the trail, but are easily crossed. When we stopped by the river to eat lunch, I could have remained there all day, listening to the birds and the river. The only negative point that I can make, is that a crucial foot bridge over the river along one section of the trail was down and we had to back track for about half a mile to the main trail to get around it. There are enought trails in this part occupy a hiker for an entire day, without retracing one's steps. All in all, I'll give the part an "A" rating as an excellent hiking experience!!! Pets must be on a leash, fishing is catch/release only, no natural bait or treble hooks, and all trash must be [acked out. I recommend a day pack with dry socks, a towel, food, water, a first aid kit, and a flashlight just in case. Fill out a hiking form and place it in the supplied box at the trail head, so the Rangers will be on the look out for you, if your not out by 9PM. The gate to the Park is open from 8AM to 9PM. There is a $2.00 users fee at the parking lot, bring change. Enjoy a great day of hiking. Charlton Patterson
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7/3/2005
Very nice day hike. Had allot of rain in the last two weeks there, and the rivers/streams were still very passible. Seen more campers along the trail then I did other hikers, surprised me as it was a Sunday morning. Trail is very well marked. For someone looking for a campsite along ahikeing trail, this is well recomended. Camp sites are very well spaced apart. There is now a 2 dollar fee at Jones Gap per person. Happy Trails
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10/10/2002
Awesome! Camping was great too.
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12/7/2000
Nice , well mantained trail. On weekends almost too crowded. During the week solitude is easy to come by. Nice place all-around .
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Dog-friendly
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Swimming, Hiking
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Waterfalls
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Jun 2018