Multiple trails remain closed at two Upstate parks after several landslides in the area.
Officials originally closed Caesars Head State Park and Jones Gap State Park near Marietta after five inches of rain fell in just a few hours Thursday. Both parks reopened on Saturday, but trails in higher elevation remain closed due to damage from flash floods and landslides.
The Jones Gap State Park website notes that the Hospital Rock and Rainbow Falls trails are closed, along with sections of the Falls Creek Falls, Pinnacle, and Rim of the Gap trails.
At Caesars Head, the Raven Cliff Suspension Bridge, Cold Spring, and parts of the Rim of the Gap Trail are closed until the water recedes. Meanwhile, the Dismal Trail is closed due to damage.
State parks spokesman Marion Edmonds said most of the trails should reopen by the end of the week.
“With some of the trails, it’s simply a matter of some minor clearing. With some, it’s simply a matter of checking to make sure they’re safe and reliable,” he told South Carolina Radio Network. “But there are a couple of spots, mostly the more remote and steeper trails,… (that) are going to take longer to repair.”
He said visitors should continue to check the parks’ websites for updates on trail conditions.