Coldwater Creek Trail
(renamed Hospital Rock Trail)

Picture of view along Coldwater Creek Trail

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Date Hiked: 3/18/90

Length: 6.0 miles

Type: backtrack

Difficulty: 4

Scenery: 3

Blaze: metal Mountain Bridge markers with plastic orange disks, also blue ribbons and white circle blazes

Main Features: streams, views

Animals: chickadees, pileated woodpecker, turkey vultures, snails, eastern fence lizard, butterflies

Location: Jones Gap State Park, South Carolina

Driving east on highway 11 from near Table Rock State Park, drive 4.0 miles past the merging of highways 11 and 276. Turn left on River Falls Road (beside F-Mart). Drive 5.7 miles to the Jones Gap State Park parking area at the end of the road.

Approximate Altitude Changes
Ascend 1,720 to intersection on ridge top at 3.0 miles

0.0 walk down path beside gate at entrance to parking lot
0.1 bridge across river
bear right across picnic area, then follow sign to campsites 1-5
0.2 jump small stream
bear left at fork
campsites 3 and 5
0.3 campsite 4
small structure on left with pipes
0.4 campsite 2
take left fork at Mountain Bridge marker #30
begin fairly steep ascent
(watch for blue ribbons and Mountain Bridge markers carefully
from this point on -- the trail is difficult to follow)
0.5 cross stream
cross stream
0.6 cross stream
cross stream
go under power line attached to wooden poles and turn right
for a potentially wet stream crossing (look for the blue ribbon on the far side of the stream)
begin steep ascent
0.8 view of valley from clearing under high voltage power line
1.0 cross stream with thin waterfall on left
1.1 cross stream
1.2 turn left on top of knob with partial views in three directions
impressive boulder with cave under it in valley on your right
1.4 climb ladder then turn right
turn right at junction where faint trail goes right and left
1.6 cross stream
walk through narrow passage between two rocks then turn left
begin carefully following white circle blazes
large overhang on left (good rain shelter)
2.1 continue straight along wet base of large rock with grass tufts
2.2 good view along dangerous stretch beside drop-off
curve left leaving views and entering rhododendron beside stream
2.3 cross stream
turn right on old road
cross stream
2.4 unclear switchback turns left sharply
2.5 turn right on old road
2.7 stream flows under road
3.0 intersection on ridge top with five ways to go
(blazes are only visible on the path you came in on)


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