Jones Gap Trail Run

Sat September 12, 2020 Marietta, SC US 29661

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 2nd Annual Jones Gap 9 Mile Trail Run & Hike. We are excited to bring back the same challenge for our 2nd 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 backcountry campsites, over 60 miles of hiking trails, the scenic Middle Saluda River that runs through the park and over13,000 acres of wilderness when combined with Caesar's Head to form the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area. 


  • Jones Gap 9 Miler Sept. 12th @ 8:00am

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Discounts and Membership

  • All S.C.U.M (South Carolina Ultra Marathon) receive 15% OFF

Packet Pickup

  • You can pick up your race bib and any apparel items purchased race morning near our timing tent at the start finish line. Packet Pickup will start 60 minute prior to the start of each distance! Apparel will be for sale on race day. Race Day registration is also available but I will warn you now, you will not like the price. Best bet is to register now!
Participant Information

Race Swag

All race participants will receive an Upstate Ultra Sticker and a unique wooden finisher award. Not everyone likes shirts so we have provided an option to purchase an Upstate Ultra Tri-Blend Shirt, Performance Socks, Trucker Hat, or Trail Buff. Post race we have options of soup, pizza, or our infamous pancake breakfast!


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Packet Pickup

Packet Pickup will be held at River Falls Lodge located at River Falls Lodge Rd, Marietta, SC 29661. 


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. 


Course Markings

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. Cutting the course (even if unintentionally will lead to a disqualification)


Jones Gap Course- Map HERE

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. 


Course Cut Off

11 hour cutoff for the Marathon. Runners in the Marathon need to finish their first lap by 12pm or be drop down to the 1 lap event. All runners who need to stop their race for whatever reason before finishing please return your chip tag to the timing table and indicate that you are pulling out of the event. We allow individuals to drop from one event to another to receive a finishers award to that distance.


Aid Stations

There are two aid stations on course that will be located at the start/finish of the 9 mile loop. The aid station will be fully stocked with tailwind, soda, water, cookies, salt, chips, and crackers. We encourage all runners to bring a dish or aid station food to help contribute to this wonderful event. This is a cup-less event so runners are required to carry a hydration bottle if they will need fluids during the race.
Race Contact Info

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River Falls Lodge Rd
Marietta, SC US 29661
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Additional Fees
State Park Participant Fee: $5.00

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