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Jones Gap State Park

Jones Gap State Park is a popular recreation spot for those wanting to experience backcountry hiking and primitive camping, and is the access point to the 76-mile Foothills Trail. Located in Greenville County SC, Jones Gap and Caesars Head state parks together form the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area, which is 11,000 acres of pristine mountain woodlands on the Blue Ridge Escarpment. In this video, Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area Park Manager Michael Trotter shows viewers some of the highlights of Jones Gap state park including Rainbow Falls at the entrance to the park, hiking trails, campsites and the Middle Saluda River, South Carolina’s first designated scenic river. Jones Gap also is the site of the old Cleveland Fish Hatchery, South Carolina’s first fish hatchery, which was in operation from 1931 until 1962. Viewers see the last remaining operating trout pond from the original fish hatchery that was restored by park officials last summer. Viewers also see the Jones Gap Education Center where park officials teach the Discover Carolina education program, a curriculum-based education program for third- and fourth-graders, and offer hands-on ecology lessons for youth and adults. Jones Gap State Park is open Monday through Sunday from 9 am until 6pm with hours of operation extended to 9 pm during Daylight Savings Time. Admission is $2 for those aged 16 and older and $1.25 for South Carolina seniors. Those 15 and younger can enter the park at no charge.