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Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area

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Gems in Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area - 3

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gem Favorite Reward after a climb up Rainbow Falls Trail to find Rainbow Falls, view from the lower level.

Rainbow Falls

(15) Slater-…, SC
gem Favorite Check out this cool rock-and-tree-root formation right beside Matthew's Creek.

Raven Cliff Falls

(10) Slater-…, SC
gem Favorite Jones Gap Falls next to the Middle Saluda River off a little side trail from Jones Gap Trail

Jones Gap Falls

(12) Slater-…, SC

Recommended Routes in Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area - 5

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Favorite The Cathedral's colossal cliffs are truly a sight to see.
Difficult

Raven Cliff Falls Loop

7.8 mi 12.5 km 1,681' Up 512.27 m Up 1,683' Down 512.95 m Down

Slater-…, SC
Favorite Falls Creek Falls is a towering, yet beautiful must-see.
Difficult

Falls Creek Falls

2.0 mi 3.2 km 624' Up 190.19 m Up 625' Down 190.37 m Down

Slater-…, SC
Favorite The Middle Saluda River near and across on Jones Gap Trail (to the left TH in pic and across bridge standing on, Jones Gap Ranger Station and emergency 911 phone since no cell signal).
Very Difficult

Jones Gap - Caesars Head Loop

28.5 mi 45.9 km 6,337' Up 1931.51 m Up 6,336' Down 1931.18 m Down

Slater-…, SC
Favorite The Middle Saluda River near and across on Jones Gap Trail (to the left TH in pic and across bridge standing on, Jones Gap Ranger Station and emergency 911 phone since no cell signal).
Difficult

Jones Gap Loop

12.6 mi 20.3 km 3,318' Up 1011.38 m Up 3,319' Down 1011.63 m Down

Slater-…, SC
Favorite Lower Wildcat Falls with shallow pool, tucked among the trees right next to the road.
Intermediate

Wildcat Nature Trail Loop

1.1 mi 1.8 km 179' Up 54.47 m Up 186' Down 56.78 m Down

Slater-…, SC

Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area Hiking

  • 111 Miles 178 Kilometers of Trail
  • 5 Recommended Routes
  • 3 Gems Gems
  • 5 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 6 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 11 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area - 17

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1.5 mi 2.4 km #1Rainbow Falls Trail
Difficult
Slater-Marietta, SC
Difficult
Slater-Marietta, SC
5.6 mi 9.0 km #2Jones Gap Trail
Intermediate
Slater-Marietta, SC
Intermediate
Slater-Marietta, SC
0.9 mi 1.5 km #3Moonshine and Confusion Falls Trail
Difficult
Slater-Marietta, SC
Difficult
Slater-Marietta, SC
4.7 mi 7.6 km #4Rim of The Gap Trail
Difficult
Slater-Marietta, SC
Difficult
Slater-Marietta, SC
5.3 mi 8.5 km #5Naturaland Trust Trail #14
Difficult
Slater-Marietta, SC
Difficult
Slater-Marietta, SC
5.7 mi 9.2 km #6Hospital Rock Trail #30
Difficult
Slater-Marietta, SC
Difficult
Slater-Marietta, SC
1.3 mi 2.1 km #7Dismal Trail #12
Difficult
Slater-Marietta, SC
Difficult
Slater-Marietta, SC
1.9 mi 3.1 km #8Raven Cliff Falls Trail #11
Intermediate
Slater-Marietta, SC
Intermediate
Slater-Marietta, SC
3.5 mi 5.7 km #9Foothills Trail: Gum Gap Section
Easy/Intermediate
Slater-Marietta, SC
Easy/Intermediate
Slater-Marietta, SC
2.0 mi 3.3 km #10Bill Kimball Trail
Difficult
Slater-Marietta, SC
Difficult
Slater-Marietta, SC

Photos of Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area - 78

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The Middle Saluda River near and across on Jones Gap Trail (to the left TH in pic and across bridge standing on, Jones Gap Ranger Station and emergency 911 phone since no cell signal).
Nov 15, 2017 near Slater-…, SC
Massive rock outcrop on the trail.
Nov 11, 2018 near Slater-…, SC
Reward after a climb up Rainbow Falls Trail to find Rainbow Falls, view from the lower level.
Nov 14, 2017 near Slater-…, SC
Falls Creek Falls is a towering, yet beautiful must-see.
Feb 15, 2017 near Slater-…, SC
Hard to research, so here is BC site #D3, no fires, pet friendly, water access is behind me down a very steep embankment not easy after a long hike, easier if gotten before getting to camp. Closes to Moonshine and Confusion Falls trail to enjoy longer.
Dec 2, 2018 near Slater-…, SC
Sometimes the Rainbow is more than just falls, it can also be from some of the fall leaves, either way, probably why it is called Rainbow Falls.
Nov 15, 2017 near Slater-…, SC
Jones Gap Falls next to the Middle Saluda River off a little side trail from Jones Gap Trail
Nov 14, 2017 near Slater-…, SC
Check out this cool rock-and-tree-root formation right beside Matthew's Creek.
Feb 17, 2017 near Slater-…, SC