in South Carolina viewed from a drone.
Jones Gap State Park in South Carolina viewed from a drone. © Mac Stone

Places We Protect

Jones Gap State Park

South Carolina

This Greenville County state park is among the most popular in South Carolina.

TNC's Role in Protecting

In 2008, The Nature Conservancy led an effort in partnership with the S.C. State Parks System, to expand the acreage of Jones Gap to accommodate increasing public visitation to this gorgeous Upstate mountain park. A 300-acre property, adjacent to Jones Gap, became available but the economic recession made fundraising difficult. However, through a community-wide effort with the help of over 400citizens, the Conservancy privately raised enough funds to successfully purchase the land in 2011. This 300-acre addition was dedicated to the SC State Parks by The Nature Conservancy in summer 2012. 

Why You Should Visit

Jones Gap State Park, located in northern Greenville County, is one of the most popular state parks in South Carolina. This mountainous, state park is part of the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area that includes more than 10,000 acres, including Caesars Head State Park and Wildcat Wayside State Park. Jones Gap is home to animals such as the rare wood frog, native brook trout, migratory birds, and multiple reptiles. This state park is also home to the Middle Saluda River, the state’s first designated Scenic River.

Recommended Things To Do

  • Trout fishing
  • Bird watching
  • Picnicking
  • Geocaching
  • Trail-side camping 
  • Swimming in the Middle Saluda River
  • Hiking to Rainbow and Falls Creek Falls

Park Guidelines

  • Parking is very limited, be sure to get there early otherwise there will be a wait especially during the summer
  • No cabins; reservations for back-country campsites can be taken 11 months in advance
  • Pets are allowed (they must be restrained on a leash no longer than 6 feet)
  • No alcohol (except in specified areas)

Directions

From Columbia to Jones Gap State Park, 303 Jones Gap Rd, Marietta, SC 29661 (Approximately two hour and fifteen minute drive):

  • Take Interstate 26 W toward Greenville/Spartanburg
  • Keep left to continue on I-385 N, follow signs for Interstate 385/Laurens/Greenville
  • Take exit 42 for US-276 toward Stone Ave/Travelers Rest
  • Turn right onto US-276 N/E Stone Ave
  • Turn right onto US-276 N/Rutherford St Continue to follow US-276 N
  • Turn right onto County Rd 97/River Falls Rd Continue to follow County Rd 97 Destination will be on the left

From Greenville to Jones Gap State Park, 303 Jones Gap Rd, Marietta, SC 29661 (Approximately forty-seven minute drive):

  • Head southwest on N Church St toward Beattie Pl
  • Take the 1st right onto Beattie Pl
  • Take the 2nd right onto S-23-3/N Main St Continue to follow N Main St
  • Turn left onto W Stone Ave
  • Turn right onto US-276 N/Rutherford St Continue to follow US-276 N
  • Turn right onto County Rd 97/River Falls Rd Continue to follow County Rd 97 Destination will be on the left

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