Gorges State Park features plunging waterfalls including the powerful Rainbow Falls, rugged river gorges, sheer rock walls, and a high concentration of rare species. Highly recommend stopping by the expansive visitor center with its museum-quality exhibits, augmented by picnic grounds and shelters.
Backcountry-style recreation is a hallmark of Gorges, with distance hiking, backpack camping, trout fishing, mountain biking, and horseback riding welcome in various rugged interior parts.
The 7,500-acre park incorporates a portion of the long-distance Foothills Trail and touches Lake Jocassee at the South Carolina border.
Address: 976 Grassy Ridge Road, Sapphire, North Carolina 28774
GPS: 35.0960, -82.9510