Pinnacle Pass (#20)

Trail Activities: t

  • Hike


10.00 miles


One Way


Natural, Boardwalk

Difficulty: Strenuous

Trail Features: t

  • Trail Head
  • Visitor Center
  • Picnic Area
  • Information Sign
  • Parking
  • Scenic Observation
  • Waterfall
  • Pets
  • Fee
  • Camping


This spectacular trail ambles along one of the highest ridges in the State and is the longest trail in the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area. The Pinnacle Pass Trail is quite strenuous, but offers one of the best views in the East.

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The Pinnacle Pass trail will take you on a climb of about 1200 ft, climbing over rocks, crossing countless small streams, and hugging the base of some huge granite cliffs. At times the trail becomes part of the stream making the rocks a little slippery. After about 1.5 miles, the steepest part of the climb is over and the trail opens up a bit. This is where you will see some of the most spectacular views in the area, even when the trees are full.

Camping: Call 1-866-345-PARK (7275) or go online at to make your reservations today!


To the eastern trailhead: From Greenville, drive northwest on US 276 until US 276 joins SC 11. Drive approximately 1.4 miles past the junction, turn right onto River Falls Road (Greenville County S-23-97), and continue to Jones Gap State Park. From the parking area, hike about 100 yards on the Jones Gap Trail (blue blaze), then turn left (south) onto the Rim of the Gap Trail (yellow blaze). Hike .4 mile, then turn left (east) onto the Pinnacle Pass Trail (orange blaze).

To the western trailhead: From Greenville, drive northwest on US 276 to Caesars Head State Park. From the parking area, carefully hike back for .5 mile on US 276 to a brown pipe gate on the right. A pink blaze marks this as an entrance to the Naturaland Trust Trail. Hike for .9 mile on the Naturaland Trust Trail and turn left (east) onto the Pinnacle Pass Trail (orange blaze).

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Caesars Head State Park | 8155 Geer Highway, Cleveland, SC 29635 | (864) 836-6115 | Email

Jones Gap State Park | 303 Jones Gap Road, Marietta, SC 29661 | (864) 836-3647 | Email

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Lat: 35.11333915614903
Long: -82.59020894480979