Jones Gap 9 Mile Trail Run & Hike

Jones Gap State Park & River Fall Lodge


Upstate Ultra welcomes you to Jones Gap State Park and the 3rd Annual Jones Gap 9 Mile Trail Run & Hike. We are excited to bring back the same challenge for our 3rd year event. The Hospital Rock Race will  be held on a 9 Mile course that climbs and views all that the Mountain Bridge Wilderness area has to offer.
Visitors can find the unforgettable peace and repose of a deep mountain cove at Jones Gap State Park. Trails and 13,000 acres of pristine mountain woodlands join the park with Caesar's Head in what is known as the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area. The Jones Gap State Park trails allow hikers to traverse between the two parks, as well as connect to a portion of the Foothills Trail and Palmetto Trail South Carolina hikers know and love. This course will showcase two scenic waterfalls, 18 back country campsites, over 60 miles of hiking trails, the scenic Middle Saluda River that runs through the park and over 13,000 acres of wilderness when combined with Caesar's Head to form the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area. 



  • Jones Gap 9 Miler Sept. 11th @ 8:00am


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Race Day Expectations

  • Please have your bib # available for our staff at packet pickup 
    • Bib Numbers can be found in the "Find a Participant Tab" in the race menu
  • Arrive 90 minutes prior to race start
  • Address for Parking/Packet Pickup listed below
  • Please carpool if available
  • Admission Fee is $5 IF held at State Parks
    • Fees are waived with State Park pass
  • Bathrooms - Parking - Start/Finish Line - Packet Pickup - Drop Bag Area -  Aid Stations 
    • All of these areas will be located within eyesight of one another 
  • Drop Bags can be placed at the start/finish line area. 
  • At packet pickup give your bib number to one of our staff or volunteers
    • They will give you a: 
      • Bib Number
        • Should be placed on front of the body and be visible at least when you cross the finish line
      • Safety Pins if needed
      • Giveaway Items
      • Event Apparel (if ordered)
      • Timing Chip & Strap w/ corresponding Bib # that needs to be worn on your ankle 
        • Needs to be returned. Failure to return the chip or lose the chip will include a $25 replacement fee
  • Prior to race start the RD will give some last minute instructions 
  • When you finish the race please return the timing chip and strap before getting your finisher medal 
  • If you DNF or fail to meet the time cutoff please return the chip, inform a volunteer or timer before leaving the facility 


Race Swag

  • Finisher Medal
  • Upstate Ultra Beer Glass
  • Upstate Ultra Sticker
  • Upstate Ultra Apparel (Optional during Registration)


Race Awards

  • Top 3 Male and Female will receive a custom hand made award!
  • Each finisher will receive a finisher medal that will be branded with the race logo and custom lanyard.
  • We will also publish our age group results that will coincide with our Race Series.
  • To learn more about our race series and awards please visit our results page here: HERE


Jones Gap Course Description

Each race will start at River Falls Lodge (River Falls Lodge Rd, Marietta, SC 29661) . Participants will cover one mile of road heading out of River Falls Lodge down to Duckworth Road before turning right down the road that runs along Palmetto Bible Camp. You will then enter the trail head of Falls Creek Trail for 1.2 miles to the Falls Creek (waterfall). The trail then merges with Hospital Rock Trail and you will follow that for 4.9 miles back to the Jones Gap Trail Head near the fish hatchery. Runners will then follow the main road for 2 miles back to the Lodge. The course will have a series of directional arrows that will be placed at all intersections. Please follow all directional arrows to stay on course. In the event that you make a wrong turn please backtrack to your original spot of confusion. 


Address and Parking

Runners can park at the following address: River Falls Lodge Rd, Marietta, SC 29661. We advise all runners to carpool if possible. Packet pickup that morning will also be located there. 


Aid Stations

There are no aid stations on the 9 mile course. There is a water fountain at mile 6.5 at the Ranger Station at the main park entrance. Due to the closed course of Hospital Rock you will need to carry all the fluids and nutrition you will need for this 9 mile event. 



In an effort to be good stewards to mother nature we will not have any of the following items at ANY of our events. This is in an effort to reduce the carbon footprint being placed by endurance events throughout the world. Please have a cup or hydration bottle if you will need to consume water/nutrition during the event. Please bring your own fork/spoon for any post race meals. Please bring your own bags for items collected at the race. Please make use of old safety pins or our new Bib Boards that will be available for the timing chip only. 
  • No Cups
  • No Plates
  • No Safety Pins
  • No Plastic Spoons/Forks
  • No Plastic Packet Pickup Bags


Switch Event: Email me and I will drop you down in distance. 
Defer Registration: We do not offer race deferrals
Transfers: We do not offer transfers to other participants. 
Refunds: We do not offer race refunds
Race Director Info: Matthew Hammersmith:
Race Contact Info

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River Falls Lodge Rd
Marietta, SC US 29661
Race Website

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Additional Fees
Special Use Participant Permit Fee: $2.50

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