Rainbow Falls - SC, Falls Creek Falls, Jones Gap SP - Mod to very strenuous

  • January 12, 2014 · 8:30 AM

RSVPs open Thursday at 7:00 PM.

This is same hike cancelled last week. This one will also be weather dependent. If I cancel, I will post and email attendees by 7:00 PM Saturday evening.

Please, no dogs on this hike.

A day of hikes at Jones Gap State Park, SC. we will do out and back Jones Gap Falls trail and Rainbow Falls trail  (not Gorges State Park Rainbow Falls) and then stop on way back for short hike at spectacular Falls Creek Falls. Maybe  8 miles total., maybe more, maybe less, moderate to very strenuous. Maybe late getting back. May stop for dinner after hikes if folks want to.

Park Fees: 2$ per person.
Bring money for carpooling.

Directions to the trail head from "Ingles on Long Shoals Road"

I have not done this area so flexible attitude required

The Rainbow Falls hike is 5 miles total and is rated moderate-strenuous. The Falls Creek Falls hike is 2.5 miles total, rated strenuous-very strenuous, but worth every step!

PLEASE CHECK THIS PAGE AS DETAILS MAY CHANGE

Brevard hikers can meet at BiLo - Brevard at 8:30.

Please post which meet up site or if you are meeting us at trailhead (Jones Gap parking lot) We may  encounter parking challenge at Falls Creek Falls but we will work it out.

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  • craig de c.

    Just a great day, great waterfalls, some very strenuous hiking, good group. Thanks for coming out. Hike Stats:

    Jones Gap Falls/Rainbow Falls
    6.6 miles
    total elevation gain 3,048' - that was tough
    Falls Creek Falls
    2.8 miles (this may be off)
    total elevation gain 680' over a short distance - ouch!

    3 · January 12, 2014

    • NANCY

      We missed you all joining us at Papas and Beer!

      January 13, 2014

    • craig de c.

      Sorry I didn't call you. My cell phone was dead. We were pretty wiped out after the trek to Falls Creek Falls as well.

      January 13, 2014

  • Guy H.

    Hello Fellow Hikers,

    A very enjoyable Day and Hike!--- Thank-you --- For your time and conversation. Hope to hike again soon.

    Guy

    4 · January 12, 2014

    • Debra

      Great to have you along. Thanks for your helping hand.

      1 · January 12, 2014

    • NANCY

      Thank you, Guy....I appreciate your help with crossing the streams!

      2 · January 13, 2014

  • Jonna

    THANK YOU, CRAIG! What a great hike! Amazing waterfalls, strong hikers, and we couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day. Sorry if I’ve uploaded too many pics – didn’t want to delete any more of them... enjoy!

    1 · January 12, 2014

    • NANCY

      Thank you for being our photographer!!!

      1 · January 13, 2014

  • Debra

    A great hike to start the new year and especially after not hiking for two months. Nice group of hikers and good to meet the new ones. Thanks Craig for putting it all together.

    2 · January 12, 2014

    • NANCY

      Good to be on a hike with you again, Debra.....it has been awhile!

      1 · January 13, 2014

  • NANCY

    Thanks Craig for leading another fun day of hiking! This one rates at the top! It had everything....absolutely beautiful!! I hope your ear is better!!

    1 · January 13, 2014

  • Guy H.

    Hello fellow hikers,

    A very enjoyable Day and Hike! ---- Thank-you! --- For your time and conversation. Hope to Hike again soon!

    January 12, 2014

  • Michael S.

    One of the most beautiful hikes I've done. Roaring river, ridge views, and waterfalls, all in one!

    1 · January 12, 2014

  • Carrie

    Thanks so much, Craig! Great hike! Glorious day. Sorry we cut out on the last part, but we really enjoyed the spectacular falls! Can't wait to see pics.

    1 · January 12, 2014

  • Sammy F.

    So sorry to cancel. I was looking forward to it, because Eric spoke so highly of these falls. Hopefully someone will post this hike again.

    January 11, 2014

    • Debra

      And I was looking forward to riding in your new car!

      January 12, 2014

    • Sammy F.

      Maybe next time, Debra!

      1 · January 12, 2014

  • craig de c.

    I will meet group at Jones Park SP parking lot. Coming from Brevard and will stop in Hville to pick up Carrie. Please call me if any difficulties [masked]

    January 11, 2014

    • Michael S.

      Craig, we'll call in the am. Doesn't look like any need to meet at Bilo

      January 11, 2014

  • Guy H.

    I'll meet at Ingles on Long Shoals Rd. at 8:30 a.m.

    January 11, 2014

  • Debra

    I'll meet at Ingles on Long Shoals Road.

    January 11, 2014

  • Anna M.

    I may have to change my RSVP.... most likely a no... I am bummed as I wanted to admire and photography Falls Creek Falls, but I am sure there will be awesome photos and the waterfall will always be there...will miss you ... though...

    January 11, 2014

  • Justin

    I will not need to carpool, since I am leaving from Greenville; however, if possible I would like to meet during the hike at Jones Gap parking area trailhead if possible.

    January 11, 2014

    • craig de c.

      Justin - this hike is full and we are going to have parking problems as it is

      January 11, 2014

  • Nancy C.

    I will meet at Long Shoals Ingles

    January 10, 2014

    • Jonna

      I will, too.

      January 11, 2014

  • Sherrod B.

    I was really looking forward to hiking with the group again as it's been so long that I've been away but I came down with a bad cold and decided it wasn't such a good idea right now. Hopefully I will get another chance soon! Have fun!

    January 11, 2014

  • NANCY

    Yeah!!!! I got on....thanks Craig!!

    January 11, 2014

  • rich

    I did this hike when I was commuting from training in Charlotte just before moving here in the Fall. Rainbow falls are well worth the trip. It was awesome!!! I will be working, but take some pictures for me. I lost my cell phone and with it the pics I took during my hike. At least my first hike won't be a repeat, but I'll miss it all the same.

    January 9, 2014

  • Glenn C

    Bummer. Plans for Sunday midday or I'd sign up.

    January 8, 2014

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