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.

Love chasing waterfalls? So do we! On this Only in South Carolina signature road trip, you can drive to seven spectacular waterfall trails in Sumter National Forest in approximately two hours!