Rainbow Falls

Trail Activities: t

  • Hike


5.0 miles


Round Trip


Natural (Rugged)

Difficulty: Strenuous

Trail Features: t

  • Trail Head
  • Waterfall
  • Scenic Observation
  • Fee
  • Camping


Plunging over a granite cliff surrounded by granite walls, Rainbow Falls is spectacular. In the spring, azalea, meadow rue, and Solomon's plume envelope many of the boulders.

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Rainbow Falls drops 100 feet over steep walls streaked with black and tan from the alternating layers of amphibolite gneiss, granitic gneiss, and mica schist. In the spring, azalea, meadow rue, and Solomon's plume envelope many of the boulders. Reaching Rainbow Falls is a very strenuous five-mile round-trip hike.

Departing Jones Gap, travel approximately .75 miles along the blue blazed Jones Gap Trail, then veer to the right onto the red blazed Rainbow Falls Trail. From here, climb approximately 1,000 feet over a distance of 1.6 miles to the base of Rainbow Falls. After relaxing at the base of the falls, return to Jones Gap along the trails you traveled, gazing upon the amazing vistas of the Jones Gap valley that open up as you descend. Rainbow Falls is located on YMCA Camp Greenville property.

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


From Greenville, drive N on US 276 to Caesars Head State Park. Continue 2.6 miles past the park and turn right onto Solomon Jones Road. Drive 4.6 miles to a small parking area on the right. Backtrack on the road about 10 yards and turn left to access the trail.


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

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