About the Park

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“Pure, raw wilderness with insane rapids and waterfalls. Went on a 4 day hike through there and there is no other place like it on earth.”

Henry Morris Austin IV (Facebook Fan)

“Great trails, great signage, incredible scenery. HIGHLY recommend for any outdoor enthusiast in the area!”

Doug Alexander (Facebook Fan)

“Amazing visitor center and picnic area. Clean, well maintained. Variety of hikes for different skill levels. Can spend an hour plus alone just in the visitor center. Great history of this area.”

Kimberly B (TripAdvisor Fan)

“My husband and I went on a second honeymoon to Sapphire Valley. We went to Gorges State Park for a hike to see waterfalls. Be sure to stop at the ranger station. They are great at giving instructions and a map for the different waterfalls to walk to.”

Wendy L (TripAdvisor Fan)

Gorges State Park is set in Western North Carolina in the heart of the Land of Waterfalls.  The gorgeous park is punctuated by plunging waterfalls, rugged river gorges, sheer rock walls and a high concentration of rare species. Exploration of this unique environment often begins at the expansive, Gold Level LEED Certified visitors center with its educational exhibits, retail center, beautiful stone fireplace and unbeatable vistas. The center is surrounded by picnic areas that are perfect for a family pit-stop before hitting the trails.

Backcountry-style recreation is a hallmark of the park. Winding hiking trails, rugged backpack camping, peaceful trout fishing, exciting mountain biking and unbeatable horseback riding are all available in various parts of the rugged interior. Make sure to stop by the visitors center before beginning your trip for a map and trip advice.

The 7,500-acre park incorporates a portion of the long-distance Foothills Trail. The alluring Lake Jocassee sits just at the South Carolina border. Trails, campsites and other amenities continue to be developed at this relatively new state park, often with the support of the Friends of Gorges State Park.

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