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“Stairway Falls”
Review of Gorges State Park

Gorges State Park
Ranked #2 of 7 things to do in Sapphire
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed October 26, 2013

Headed out to go to Rainbow Falls, got side tracked and went to Stairway Falls..very nice hike. The Visitor Center at the park is fantastic, and the short movie about the park a plus.

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Reviewed October 22, 2013

Really loved the experience hiking out to Rainbow Falls! As you hike towards the main set of falls at Rainbow keep your eye out for several short side paths that give great views of some smaller falls along the way. This is a good 2-3 hours round trip, and you are rewarded with a terrific view at Rainbow Falls. There are several great vantage points to take in the falls and you can also get close enough to feel the mist off the falls! Stunning! Next time would like to pack a lunch to enjoy along the way.

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Reviewed October 7, 2013

The hike to Rainbow Falls is a bit strenuous, but well worth the sore muscles! At 3 miles roundtrip, it's really not that bad. We camped out at the Raymond Fisher primitive camp area, and it was well maintained with picnic tables, tent pads, and a fire ring.

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Reviewed September 26, 2013

This is the nicest park I've ever seen. It must be brand new. We saw no one on the trails. We walked to the falls (Bearwallow?), and to the Vista atop the mountain. I have a feeling that the electric company gave the park a lot of money for the power lines. The trails were well maintained. I saw a snake eating a toad.
I went to the Welcome Center. It was state of the art. The water wall outside was impressive. We had walked the Horsepasture River Trail a few years ago, so I had already seen the waterfalls on the Horsepasture River. But that is an option. There are connections for the Foothills Trail and Whitewater Falls.
I'd recommend stopping by if only to hike a few short trails. I'm not a big fan of power lines, but the place seemed secluded and wild when the high tension lines were not visible.

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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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