Places We Protect

Jones Gap State Park

South Carolina

Aerial view of autumn color on forested mountain slopes.
Jones Gap State Park Located in South Carolina. © Mac Stone

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

Overview

Description

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 400 citizens, 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.

Access

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Highlights

Fishing, birdwatching, picnicking

Size

4,246 acres

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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 but they must be restrained on a leash no longer than 6 feet.
  • No alcohol except in specified areas.

Additional Information

For more information, visit the South Carolina State Parks website.

TNC Gives Jones Gap State Park 300 Acres See the dedication.

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