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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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  • We hiked the Rainbow Falls Trail, about 4 miles round trip. There were many other trails that we can't wait to hike in the future. Reviews indicated that the park got crowded quickly and parking becam...  more »
  • If you like in the middle of the woods this place is perfect. Good hiking next to water stream coming out of mountains. Have your food with you. You are surely out there in the thick woods. The drive ...  more »
  • Not too far from downtown Greenville, you will find this gem of a state park in the Upstate region of South Carolina. I headed up there for a nice hike and I wasn't disappointed. I pulled in and the p...  more »
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  • Beautiful park! My husband and I did the Rainbow Falls trail all the way to the top, and while it was a bit arduous at a few points, it certainly was not impossible and the payoff at the end was spectacular. The falls are beautiful and the water and mist were cool and refreshing. We got there around 10 or 11 AM on a Sunday, found a place to park, and weren't done until about 4 or 5 PM. Communing with nature is the best way to go to church.
  • Parking in the park is limited.. Park Rangers stand out front and only allow so many cars in at a time, so go early. The place is definitely worth a visit the waterfall is absolutely beautiful and trails are very well maintained.
  • Very close to Greenville, but tucked away in the mountains. Beautiful scenery. Rainbow falls hike is challenging but definitely worth it.
  • Nice state park. Has both large easy trails and also narrow rugged challenging trails
  • Great little park. Nice picnic areas, trails, and scenery.