Jones Gap Trail to Coldspring Branch Trail

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Date Hiked: 9/14/91

Length: 4.6 miles

Type: backtrack

Difficulty: 2

Scenery: 2

Blaze: blue

Main Features: Middle Saluda River

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. Park. (The parking lot is inside the gate, which closes at dusk.) It's about 0.25 miles from the parking lot to the trailhead.

Approximate Altitude Changes
Ascend 750 feet to Coldspring Branch Trail junction at 2.3 miles

0.0 parking lot
take the trail that goes down through the picnic area
0.1 bridge
(restrooms are on the right beyond the picnic area)
0.2 hiker and camper registration station
cross bridge to trailhead
0.8 turn left at junction (there's a sign)
0.9 step across stream
1.0 step across stream
1.2 cross bridge on right
turn left on old roadbed
1.4 rock-hopping stream crossing
1.7 trail narrows and footing gets worse
scenic cascade on left
1.9 rock-hopping stream crossing
rock-hopping stream crossing
2.0 trail widens and briefly loses sight of river
2.2 scenic cascade on left
small stream crossing
bear right
2.3 junction with Coldspring Branch Trail on left


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