Hiking during the summer in South Carolina is best enjoyed when things are both well-planned in advance and we have a day when we can easily clear a morning schedule for a wilderness adventure. Most South Carolinians know by now that summer afternoons are usually met with a pop-up storm or rain shower and that temps regularly soar to their highest degree between the hours of 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. However, if you can get an early morning start at Jones Gap State Park, then a hike to Rainbow Falls will have a payoff that’s well worth the effort.
Accessing Rainbow Falls via the trail above requires a paid admittance to Jones Gap State Park. The daily park entrance fee is $5 for adults; $3.25 for South Carolina seniors (age 65 & older); $3 for children ages 6-15; and admission is free for ages 5 and under. Dogs are allowed on the trail as long as they are kept on a leash. The park is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. during the spring, summer, and early fall; and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. the rest of the year. Learn more about Jones Gap State Park here. And find out more about the trail at this link from alltrails.com.