If You Only Take One Waterfall Hike In South Carolina This Summer, Make It This One
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.
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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.
Robin Jarvis is a travel and entertainment writer and editor for OnlyInYourState.com with a bachelor's degree in Journalism. Her love for travel has taken her to many parts of the world. She spent more than two decades living on the coast in South Carolina and currently lives in the mountains of North Carolina - although she still makes it back to see family in South Carolina quite often. When she's not working, she loves to hike, kayak, and check out new adventures. Get in touch at [email protected]
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