Jones Gap, 25 miles from downtown, seems a world away

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Jones Gap State Park offers trailside camping and serves as an access point to the 76-mile Foothills Trail.


Located in the rugged terrain of northern Greenville County, about 25 miles from downtown Greenville, Jones Gap State Park links visitors with nature.

Wild trout, including the rare native brook trout, are among several thousand different plant and animal species at the park.

Jones Gap (3,346 acres) and adjacent Caesars Head state parks together form the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area, 11,000 acres of pristine mountain woodlands on the Blue Ridge Escarpment.

Jones Gap highlights include the Middle Saluda River, the state’s first designated scenic river. Besides trout fishing, the river serves as a living lab for the park’s busy learning center, providing hands-on ecology lessons for young and old alike.

The park also includes restored portions of the old Cleveland Fish Hatchery, offers trailside camping and serves as an access point to the 76-mile Foothills Trail.

Jones Gap is a relative new park, with the property having been acquired from various land owners from 1976 through 1986.

Pets: Pets are allowed in most outdoor areas provided they are kept under physical restraint or on a leash not longer than six feet.

To find Jones Gap State Park, drive north from Greenville on Highway 276 through Travelers Rest, Marietta and Cleveland. Approximately two miles north of Cleveland, turn right at park sign onto River Falls Road, which becomes Jones Gap Road. The park is six miles off Hwy. 276.

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Abe Hardesty