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.
From 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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  • The most beautiful place I know! There are several trails, the Jones Gap trail goes along the River, up to a waterfall and beyond. Rim of the Gap is beautiful but strenuous, and can be icy in the...  more »
  • We aren't hikers but in good shape and Rainbow Falls was a wonderful experience for our family. It's tough. Be ready to work to get up 1500 feet over 2 miles to get to the falls. But, it's so worth....  more »
  • Great state park at the base of the Blue Wall where the Piedmont of South Carolina rises abruptly to the Southern Appalachian Mountains. The climb to Rainbow Falls is beautiful in the Autumn and Winter. But also lovely all year. It is short, but really steep.
  • A very fun hiking experience. A more of a remote location would be a great way to describe! Bring camping gear and enjoy a peaceful time throughout beautiful trails through the woods & wilderness. You can fish & find that the campsites are neatly oriented. Such a great place and the drive is always a pleasure!
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