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Jones Gap State Park, Marietta

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4.8/5 based on 75+ reviews on the web
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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  • With over 50 miles of trails and proximity to Caesars Head, Jones Gaps has something for everyone. Easy trails to very difficult trails that hug the edge of steep drops with Ladders and ropes needed t...  read more »
  • We came to Jones Gap with our 11 year old and our 4 year old. While the trails were a bit advanced for the little guy, he handled it super well. This is a beautiful, well-maintained park. We'll defini...  read more »
  • I enjoyed this Park very clean. The hike to Rainbow Falls is challenging and know that there is no pool to get in when you get there. Not many places to park so get there early or be ready to go to Ca...  read more »
  • 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.
  • Coves are unique ecological sites with species not found elsewhere in the area. Take a guided tour with a park ranger to learn all of the beauty in Jones Gap.
  • Great park! There are some challenging hikes here with waterfalls and winter views.
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