Gorges State Park

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Becky V
7249320267 contributions
Oct 2021
We visited the Gorges State Park this weekend and the leaves were spectacular. Lots of nice views. Enjoyable
Written 26 October 2021
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DisneyDarwin
Spring, TX1,104 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
Rainbow Falls alone is awesome and worth visiting the park. The best waterfall we have encountered in the south that we could get close to. Add to that a shiny new visitor center and numerous other waterfall hikes and this place is s gem
Written 30 July 2021
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Sue H
Franklin, MA138 contributions
May 2021 • Friends
Gorges State Park can be accessed from Rt 281. The entrance road is long and winding and takes you to the Visitors Center which has restrooms and maps. The park is very large with with multiple campgrounds and we saw they are building a new one. The park offers hiking trails mostly moderate to difficult to cliffs and waterfalls. The trail to Whitewater Falls is easy.
Written 12 May 2021
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Vickie W
Nashvile, TN25 contributions
May 2021
The Rainbow Falls hike was worth my aches and pains the next day (for this moderately active adult.) When you hike down, then you have to hike back up. Be prepared to get shoes wet. Hiking boots highly recommended. And we thought it was worth it to just go 10-15 minutes more to see Turtleback Falls. It was a great day in Gorges State Park.

We packed a lunch and ate it sitting on rocks in the river halfway to the waterfall. I highly recommend making a day of your visit to the waterfalls.
Written 5 May 2021
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wvlivingston
Brevard, NC971 contributions
Apr 2021
This is one of the most impressive visitor centers that I've seen in any state: impressive architecture with an emphasis on the environment, clean restrooms, plenty of parking, helpful staff. We only go here for the Rainbow Falls/Turtleback Falls Trail. The trail is well maintained, about 4 miles out and back if going to Turtleback. There's another fall further, but it's not that impressive if don't want to go further. The trail is a long descent and then a long ascent both ways -- not excessive, but need to be in pretty good shape. Rainbow Falls is always impressive. If you want to see the "rainbow" pick a sunny day, which are limited as Gorges State Park is a micro-rainforest and can get over 130 inches of rain a year. Do NOT climb on or near this falls -- numerous deaths have occurred here. Turtleback Falls is nice but not as impressive. Despite warnings, often in the summer there will be some climbing and sliding down Turtleback Falls -- not recommended during high water or for those who don't like cold water. Depending on the time of year, there's lots of wildflowers. April 23 we saw trillium, lilies, yellow magwarts, aster and other small flowers. If you want to avoid crowds, avoid weekends and start early. We never go on weekends. When we began hiking on a Friday morning at 9:45, we were the 3rd car in the lot. When we left at 12:15, there were 30 cars in the lot, and this was a cool day.
Written 26 April 2021
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CarolinasTraveler
Charlotte, NC163 contributions
Mar 2021 • Couples
A perfect way to spend a Friday during a Pandemic. We got on the trail at 9am and hike to Rainbow Falls and Turtle Back Falls, passing less than 3 people. It did get busier when we headed back to the parking lot at the end of our hike. Most hikers were very courteous about keeping their distance and friendly. We also passed a few hikers with dog on leash. The hike is definitely challenging if you go to both Rainbow Falls and Turtle Back Falls, appx 5+ miles round trip. There several nice spots on the rocks along the stream for resting and breakfast. The ranger station before you get to the trail has very clean bathrooms and trails map. We would highly recommend this trail for anyone who want to hike challenging trail with views of waterfalls.
Written 19 March 2021
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Robert P
Dunwoody, GA211 contributions
Dec 2020
We did the Rainbow Falls hike/trail. Signage to the trailhead and parking lot were good and the portion of the trail within the state park was in excellent shape. Trails are well marked. Dogs are allowed on-leash. The main attractions are located on US Forest Service property and the trail is in rougher but still pretty good shape. Round trip the hike is about 4 miles. There are a couple of shallow water crossings and lots of seeps that wet parts of the trail. The mist from Rainbow falls makes one section of the trail muddy. This trail is a nice option if you're looking for an easy half day option. Plan on about two hours of hiking time.
Written 7 December 2020
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Mac D
Clemson, SC2,431 contributions
Nov 2020 • Couples
This is a great place to hike. It is not to difficult but also does have a few spots that are a little challenging. Bring a 2nd pair of shoes to wear home as the trail has some muddy spots. Wear hiking boots if possible to keep from slipping. The Rainbow Falls are spectacular!
Written 25 November 2020
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Hexo
4 contributions
Oct 2020
The trails could be made a bit safer as tiring 1 1/2 hours walk could be not that safe for everyone. We liked the view.
Written 28 October 2020
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Al Parker
Raleigh, NC37 contributions
Oct 2020
The waterfall is absolutely beautiful. The hike to it was misrepresented in the online description that we read. It is more than a 30 minute hike. It took us 55 minutes each way. There are two places where you have to walk through shallow creeks or try to navigate your balance on small rocks in the creek. Plan to get your feet wet. The hike was more strenuous than we expected based upon the information we read online. I would not recommend this for families with young children. Teenagers would be fine here.

Be very careful when driving through the park. The speed limit is 25 mph, but is not clearly posted except right at the entrance. They need more signs to remind drivers of the speed limit.
Written 18 October 2020
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