Coldspring Branch Trail, Bill Kimball Trail,
Jones Gap Trail, and Tom Miller Trail

Picture of part of rock face called El Lieutenant on Bill Kimball Trail

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Date Hiked: 4/25/98

Length: 6.7 miles

Type: loop

Difficulty: 3

Scenery: 3

Blaze: orange on Coldspring Branch Trail, pink on Bill Kimball Trail, blue on Jones Gap Trail, blue on Tom Miller Trail

Main Features: El Lieutenant (300-foot granite face) on Bill Kimball Trail, cascades along Jones Gap Trail

Animals: vultures, crows, millipede, pileated woodpeckers, rufous-sided towhee, chipmunk

Location: Caesars Head State Park, South Carolina

Drive north from Caesar's Head State Park on highway 276. After 1.1 miles there's a parking lot on the right. The entrance is at the far end. Park. Walk back up highway 276 toward the park headquarters for about 0.1 miles until you come to a gated road on the left. There's a sign that says "Coldspring Branch Loop". The trail follows that road.

Approximate Altitude Changes
Ascend 150 feet from parking lot to high point at 0.4 miles
Descend 200 feet to junction with Bill Kimball Trail (5) at 0.7 miles
Ascend 50 feet to high point at 0.8 miles
Descend 1,100 feet to stream crossing at 3.1 miles
Ascend 1,150 feet to high point at 6.4
Descend 50 feet to parking lot
Total Ascent: 1,350 feet

0.0 Raven Cliff Falls parking lot
Coldspring Branch Trail (3) blazed orange
(the trail starts at the exit end of the parking lot)
0.2 turn left on road by gate
0.4 high point
0.5 partial views on both sides
0.7 continue straight onto Bill Kimball Trail (5) blazed pink
(Coldspring Branch Trail turns right here)
0.8 high point
0.9 follow ridge with deep valley on right
1.1 descend from ridge
1.6 steep descent on stairs and switchbacks
1.7 low point
begin following base of rock called "El Lieutenant", over 300 feet high
2.4 cross stream
2.5 cross stream
cross stream
2.9 cross stream
3.0 cross stream
cross stream
turn left on Coldspring Branch Trail (3) blazed orange
3.1 cross stream
cross stream on two-log bridge
3.2 cross stream
turn left on Jones Gap Trail (1) blazed blue
3.3 cross stream on two-log bridge
3.6 cross stream
3.9 cross stream
4.2 cross stream
4.3 cross stream
4.5 cross stream
4.6 cross stream
4.8 cross stream
5.6 cross stream on one-log bridge
5.8 cross stream
cross stream
turn left on Tom Miller Trail (2) blazed blue
6.4 high point
6.7 car


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