Jones Gap State Park/ Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area
The Jones Gap State Park/ Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area is a haven for all types of nature lovers. Here, those with a valid South Carolina fishing license can enjoy catching wild trout, including the rare, native brookie. Here, you can also find several thousand different plant and animal species on a given hike. This place is famous for having the serenity and peaceful environment of a deep mountain cove. Jones Gap and Caesars Head state parks come together to form the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area, which makes up 11,000 acres of nearly untouched mountain woodlands on the Blue Ridge Escarpment. The Middle Saluda River, is a highlight and also the state's first designated scenic river. Besides offering trout fishing, the river also serves as a living lab for the park's learning center. This center provides guests with hands-on ecology lessons for people of all ages. The park also has restored portions of the old Cleveland Fish Hatchery, which offers trailside camping and gives guests access to the 76-mile Foothills Trail.
Trail side and back country camping available. Camping reservations must be made for at least 2 nights. You must make a reservation request directly through the park if you request less than 1 day before check-in.
Enjoy fishing in the Middle Saluda, Matthews and Julian creeks for brook, rainbow and brown trout. A valid South Carolina fishing license is required. Artifical lures/flies only.
A network of easy to strenuous hiking trails in the Mountain Bridge Recreation Area links Caesars Head and Jones Gap state parks. Registering with the park before using these trails is mandatory. Detailed trail maps are available for sale at the park headquarters.
Office Hours: 11:00 a.m. to noon; Days and Hours of Operation: Monday to Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (extended to 9:00 p.m. during Daylight Savings Time)
From Greenville: Take Hwy 276 through Travelers Rest, Marietta and Cleveland. Approximately two miles N. of Cleveland turn right at park sign onto River Falls Road. Stay on River Falls Rd. until the name changes to Jones Gap Road. The park is six miles off Hwy. 276