Rim of the Gap (#6)

Trail Activities: t

  • Hike

Length:

4.3 miles

Type:

Round Trip

Surface:

Natural (Rugged), Boardwalk

Difficulty: Strenuous

Trail Features: t

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

Summary:

There are several huge rock formations, the most famous being Weight Watchers rock, a formation with an opening you can walk through if you are thin enough. Also, users will be treated to some striking views of Cleveland Cliff and Rainbow Falls.

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The 4.3-mile Rim of the Gap Trail runs between Caesars Head and Jones Gap state parks in the Mountain Bridge Wilderness in northern Greenville County, SC. There are numerous small waterfalls and cascades along this very wet and - at times - narrow trail. 

If you start from Jones Gap State Park, you will begin on the Jones Gap trail for approximately 100 yards, then turn left onto the Rim of the Gap and begin an extreme incline for the first 2.6-miles. If you start from Caesars Head State Park you will cross US 276 and hike on the Frank Coggins Trail for 0.8 mile. Once on the Rim of the Gap, you will experience minor ascents, but steep descents going into Jones Gap State Park.

Allow yourself plenty of time to hike this trail, because you will encounter several sets of stairs, ladders, and some slippery rock and cable-aided water crossings. Hiking this trail in wet or icy conditions is not recommended.

Camping: Trail-side primitive camping is allowed on certain trails. Call 1-866-345-PARK (7275) or go online at www.SouthCarolinaParks.com to make your reservations today!

Directions:

To Jones Gap State Park: From Greenville, drive northwest on US 276 to the junction with SC 11. Drive approximately 1.4 miles past the junction, turn right onto River Falls Road (Greenville County S-23-97), then continue to Jones Gap State Park. From the parking area, follow the Jones Gap Trail (blue blaze) for about one hundred yards and turn left (south) onto the Rim of the Gap Trail (yellow blaze).

To Caesars Head State Park: From Greenville, drive northwest on US 276 to Caesars Head State Park. From the parking area, walk straight across US 276 to the Frank Coggins Trail (purple blaze). Hike for .8-mile and turn left onto the Rim of the Gap Trail (yellow 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: 35.12001095278614
Long: -82.59523280251057