Rainbow Falls

Rainbow Falls

Rainbow Falls drops 100 feet over steep walls streaked with black and tan from the alternating layers of amphibolite gneiss, granitic gneiss, and mica schist. In the spring, azalea, meadow rue, and Solomon's plume envelope many of the boulders. Reaching Rainbow Falls is a very strenuous five-mile round-trip hike.

Rainbow Falls is located on YMCA Camp Greenville property but is accessed through Jones Gap State Park. Information about admission price and reservation policy for Jones Gap State Park can be found here: https://southcarolinaparks.com/jones-gap

Hike length: 5 miles

GPS Waypoints Lat: 35.13001440812385 Lon: -82.58621970698579


1.  Departing Jones Gap, travel approximately .75 miles along the blue-blazed Jones Gap Trail. Rainbow Falls is located on YMCA Camp Greenville.NORTH on US 276, past Caesars Head State Park.

2.  Veer to the right onto the red-blazed Rainbow Falls Trail.

3.  Climb approximately 1,000 feet over a distance of 1.6 miles to the base of Rainbow Falls. 

4.  After relaxing at the base of the falls, return to Jones Gap along the trails you traveled, gazing upon the amazing vistas of the Jones Gap valley that open up as you descend.


As we just provide information, if you have a question regarding a particular trail, it is best to contact the source listed. We encourage good stewardship of our natural resources.  Be prepared for your outing and Leave No Trace of your visit. For more hiking and waterfall trips, check out the publications of Milestone Press.
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