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The more well traveled trails are near the Cesar's
Head State Park Headquarters and the Jones Gap State
Park office. Here the trails are frequented by local
area people that are out for a nice swim or leisurely
walk along the trail. What makes this area unique is
the large amount of non-hikers that enjoy the rivers
and wide trails. The variety of trails is amazing. With
more than 45 miles of trails, it is sure that any hiker
should be satisfied with the hiking experience here.
My favorite loop is the following:
- Trail # 1 Foothills Trail from Jones Gap State Park
- Trail # 5 to
- Trail # 2 to
- Trail # 1 for a moderate 5 mile hike
|Other trails for a more experienced hiker are:
Despite the presence of trail markers hikers invariably
get lost. In the more well traveled sections of the
park, trail signs, maps and well worn paths are the
rule. The less traveled areas can get confusing. A variety
of jeep roads and unmaintained trails can turn around
even the most experienced hiker. For this reason, it
is highly recommended that you leave
your itinerary with the check in stations at the trail
Fortunately camping here is very limited. The sites
are only available by reservation only, and there are
few sites available on the weekends. You can reserve
a site by visiting the Jones Gap State Park Office.
The office is open seven days a week, however, it is
only open between the hours of 11:00 AM and 12:00 PM.
Often, on the busier days, there is a line outside of
the office waiting for the Park Ranger to show up.
Take Interstate 85 South or North to Greenville South
Carolina. Take exit 36 a or b, depending on which direction
you approach from, to I-385. Continue ahead at the end
of the limited access highway, past the Bi-Lo Center.
Follow 25/276 north. Take Route 276, a left turn, north.
Follow Rt. 276 north 12.4 miles from the center of Greenville.
Turn right at the Jones Gap State Park sign and follow
this road 5.2 miles to the gates of Jones Gap State
Park. To reach Cesar's Head State Park, continue past
the Jones Gap State Park Sign another 10.6 miles. Raven
Cliff Falls parking is an additional 1.2 miles past
Cesar's Head State Park.
303 Jones Gap RD
Phone: (864) 836-3647
Fax: (864) 836-3647
Office Hours: 11am-noon
Admissions: $2 age 16+; $1.50 SC seniors; age 15 &
Days and Hours of Operation: M-Su 9am-6pm (extended
to 9pm during Daylight Savings Time)