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Rainbow Falls in Jones Gap State Park

Rainbow Falls in Jones Gap State Park is on my top ten list for Waterfall Hikes. When we first moved here and inquired about hikes, this was mentioned most often as a must-do. It starts off crossing a bridge over the Middle Saluda River and you make your way to the restrooms and Visitor Center. The first half mile is fairly easy and beautiful along the river and then the hike ventures up from there after crossing the river. There are climbing rocks and stone steps and a steep incline for the remaining mile and a half. The difficulty level says strenuous but it is doable with rest and plenty of water! You can hear the sounds of smaller waterfalls and running rivers along the way. It is very peaceful and dog friendly. I recommend going in spring when everything is blooming and the water is rushing. We found a great sliding rock about halfway up and decided it was the perfect time to rest for lunch and cool off. My kids took off their shoes and socks and took the plunge! Just enough of a recharge to get you up the rest of the climb till you round the corner and spot the tallest waterfall in this region at 140 ft. It is pretty unique and powerful. Hope you get a chance to enjoy it!

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