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Jones Gap State Park, Marietta

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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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  • Soooooo..... It's Beautiful! We took the hike all the way up to rainbow falls! - It was NOT for the faint of heart! But, totally worth it! The park fills up fast! So arrive early! Bring water and snac...  more »
  • Great hiking. The hike is a little rough. There are a lot of rocks to step on and over. We had three teenagers and a 10 year old. I'm 40. The camping spots were spacious and right in the water. Loved ...  more »
  • We visited this place on a recent tour of SC State Parks. It's not too far off of US 25 or SC 11. It's very scenic. It appears to be a newer Park or has Ben refurbished recently. The Park office must ...  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!