Rainbow Falls Trail

Jones Gap State park, South Carolina

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Rainbow Falls Trail is a hiking trail in Greenville County, South Carolina. It is within Jones Gap State park. It is 1.4 miles long and begins at 1,503 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is three miles with a total elevation gain of 1,588 feet. The trail ends near the Rainbow Falls attraction.
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Rainbow Falls Trail is a hiking trail in Greenville County, South Carolina. It is within Jones Gap State park. It is 1.4 miles long and begins at 1,503 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is three miles with a total elevation gain of 1,588 feet. The trail ends near the Rainbow Falls attraction. This trail connects with the following: Jones Gap Trail.
Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Jones Gap State park
Distance: 1.4
Elevation Gain: 1,588 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 1,503 feet
Top Elevation: 2,491 feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Rainbow Falls Trail
Parks: Jones Gap State park
Elevation Min/Max: 1503/2491 ft
Elevation Start/End: 1503/1503 ft

Rainbow Falls Trail Professional Review and Guide

"A short, steep hike down a sheer cliff for spectacular bottom-up views of a 100-foot waterfall. The footing on the extremely steep, 400-foot descent is treacherous in rainy or icy conditions. Whatever the weather, you should wear footwear with adequate ankle support and soles appropriate for walking on slippery surfaces.

From the trailhead, you move down quickly through rhododendron and mountain laurel, and within minutes you can hear the rush of Cox Camp Creek pouring out of the North Carolina mountains. Depending on the season and the density of the foliage, you soon encounter views of the powerful stream galloping out of plateau forest, dancing through rocky rapids, and then dropping in a dead fall to the floor of the V-shaped gorge. During the fall migration of songbirds and raptors, this cliff is an excellent vantage point from which to view warblers, vireos, ravens, peregrine falcons, and bald eagles."

Recent Trail Reviews

5/29/2011
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Not an easy summer trail due to heat - but completely worth it! A moderately difficult trail with 2 awesome water falls. At 1.5 miles you reach Rainbow falls that you can walk down to. Keep going along the main trail and you can easily rock hop to the top of Rainbow Falls. Go another 1/4 mile to reach Turtleback falls. We had a blast sliding down Turtleback falls with lots of other people. Bring a swimsuit, a towel and a lunch to make a day of it! Trails are well marked and maintained. Parking was limited at the top of the trail head though.


8/11/1999
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Went right after it rained and fell more than on a downhill slope , very steep trail but well worth the hassle for the view.



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