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“Beautiful, Barely Used since it's New”
Review of Gorges State Park

Gorges State Park
Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Sapphire
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

The Museum building is brand new and just opened...it is state-of-the-art and just outstanding. Make a point to step inside and look around. You will be glad you did. Go to the trail head in the park and go to rainbow and turtleback falls. Beautiful hike (parts of it runnable). We explored...there are more picnic facilities and another trail on this western side of the park, accessible from 281 just south of the intersection with 64. We did not run/hike that trail, but will next time we are there, and we do plan on going back. For running and a longer trail, there is one that is 7.3 miles long on the east side of the park, and the guy at the museum made it sound like the road to get to that side is right around the corner practically - it is not. The road that goes to the other side of the park is a good ways down 64...getting pretty close to Rosman, actually. We did go check out that trail too, although did not have time to do the whole thing (and it was raining again while we were there), but the initial look at it indicated it is well maintained and runnable, for those looking for runnable trails. This trail head appears older and more established than the one with the new museum, etc., which has obviously had A LOT of money put into it. They are expecting a lot of visitors in the future. Worth going to.

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Reviewed July 6, 2013 via mobile

We've hiked many trails and have seen many waterfalls through the years. The trail to rainbow falls would be in the top 10 in our book. It is a three mile hike with portions that are strenuous but well worth the effort. Allow about three hours to enjoy the surrounding beauty. I would definitely recommend this trail and would love to hike this again!

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Reviewed July 4, 2013

The new visitor center is very nice. Lots of interactive stuff for kids. This park has been recently revamped and everything is clean and well maintained. There are lots of good hiking trails with beautiful waterfalls.

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Reviewed May 27, 2013

My wife and I are at that age where shear cliffs are a bit too much. Most of this is a wide trail, secure footing, stepping stone crossings, green canopy, beautiful views. It has well marked trails and distances are often given.

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Reviewed May 22, 2013

Our newest state park is really great. I highly recommend it. Located in really scenic area of county. Drive the loop road, stop and picnic, hike, etc. New visitor center.

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