Middle Saluda River
Located in Northern Greenville County, this was the first river in South Carolina to be given the State Scenic River designation. It flows through portions of the Mountain Bridge Wilderness and Recreation Area and is a popular site for participating in recreational activities and enjoying scenic vistas.
The scenic segment of the Middle Saluda River is contained entirely within Jones Gap State Park.
The Jones Gap area is a pristine valley in the Blue Ridge Mountains of South Carolina. This upcountry wilderness is well known for its natural features and diverse plant life. More than 400 species of plants can be found here, giving the valley recognition as a haven for rare and endangered plants and state record trees. Jones Gap State Park gives visitors an opportunity to experience the natural beauty of a mountain river flowing freely through a rock-bound gorge.
Picnicking, hiking, camping, trout fishing, backpacking and nature study are some of the activities enjoyed at Jones Gap. An environmental learning center offers nature exhibits, a meeting/assembly area and is also the site of the park office. Portions of the old Cleveland Fish Hatchery have been restored and are stocked with trout. Jones Gap State Park is located 25 miles northwest of Greenville off U.S. 276. Park hours: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., 7 days a week.