Jones Gap State Park, Marietta

Jones Gap State Park is a South Carolina state park in northern Greenville County, near Marietta. The 3964acre park, which includes the headwaters of the Middle Saluda River, is, with Caesars Head State Park, administered by the state Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism as part of the Mountain Bridge Wilderness.HistoryFrom 1840 to 1848, the self-taught mountain road builder Solomon Jones cut a toll road from Caesars Head, South Carolina, to Cedar Mountain, North Carolina. Because Jones had no formal training, local legend claimed he had blazed the trail with a hatchet while following the lead of a sow. The unpaved Jones Gap Road was the only direct route between Greenville County and Transylvania County, North Carolina, until in the 1930s an alternate route was chosen for the Geer Highway .In the early 1950s, Henry Ware, who had in his youth traveled through the Gap in a wagon, encouraged his cousin, businessman E. Ervin Dargan to buy 2,000 acres of Jones Gap land from the Saluda Land and Lumber Company. In 1976, fearing the destructive potential of real estate development and the increase of motorized vehicles traveling the old road, the men both sold and donated their land to the state for use as a park.
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  • One of the nicest, if not the nicest, day hikes in the area. Nice to go in the fall after the leaves are down to see the mountains beyond. You have to get here relatively early as the rather small par...  more »
  • It can be difficult to actually get into the park as there are only like 35 parking spots so try to pile into one vehicle. We did the Rainbow falls hike which is about a 5 mile round trip from the par...  more »
  • This really is five star all the way, but it is frustrating to arrive and have to wait an hour and a half to get in on the weekends. The extremely limited parking is actually a good thing, because it ...  more »
  • The only problem with this park is the limited parking. Once parked this is a gateway to the mountains. There is a easy trail, suitable for kids, running alongside the river. Or head off to the more serious trails. Friendly park staff. I keep going back here again and again.
  • Recently visited Jones Gap for the first time in 10 years and man, had I forgotten​ how amazingly beautiful this park is. From the moment you get out of your car you are enveloped by the forest. The middle Saluda looks and sounds like the river of your dreams. Try to get there early to spend some time alone in this tranquil setting because​ it can crowded.
  • I visited the Rainbow falls very strenuous hike, but well worth it loved it!
  • Hardcore trails.. Beautiful scenery.. Great area for picnics..
  • Good hike to rainbow falls. Well-marked and easy to follow. Visitor center doesn't have much. Parking is a pain but definitely go, you will not be disappointed!

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