River Falls Lodge Rd, Marietta, Greenville County, South Carolina, United States

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Jones Gap 9 Mile Trail Run & Hike

September 17th 2022

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. 
Welcome to the Upstate Ultra Trail Series brought to you by the South Carolina Ultra Marathon Club. We are proud to bring in a series of events that range in distance, terrain, and season! But each race will always posses the same energy and positive atmosphere from our staff, volunteers, and S.C.U.M. Runners. Our club and its races are open to all runners, walkers, and hikers and each member will receive 20% OFF any Upstate Ultra event along with discounted club gear and local sponsors! Join the club for 20% OFF all races - HERE - Check out all of our other events - HERE



  • Packet Pickup: Sept 17th at River Falls Lodge @ 7:00am
  • Jones Gap 9 Miler Sept. 17th @ 8:00am


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Discounts and Membership

  • All S.C.U.M (South Carolina Ultra Marathon) receive 20% OFF

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Race Swag

  • All Participants Will Receive:
    • Finisher Medal
    • Custom Race Logo Sticker
    • Upstate Ultra Sticker
    • Upstate Ultra Wristband
    • Pancake Breakfast or Quesadilla Lunch
    • Camping is offered (Optional during registration)
    • Upstate Ultra Apparel (Optional during Registration)
    • Race Specific Shirt, Hat, or Socks (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. 


Pancake Breakfast

Post race we will be making pancakes for our runners and volunteers! Please bring your own fork and plate. 


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.
Defer Registration: We do not offer race deferrals
Refunds: We do not offer race refunds
Race Director Info: Matthew Hammersmith: WithoutLimitsGreenville@gmail.com

Bracket/Division Details & Fees:

  1. Jones Gap 9 Mile Trail Run & Hike

    Activity Starts: 9/17/2022 08:00 - Activity Ends: 9/17/2022 18:00
    Registration opens : 4/1/2022 00:00
    Activity type: Trail race
    Requires Date of Birth
    Requires phone number
    Registration Periods:
    • Registration opens : 4/1/2022 00:00
      Registration closes : 4/2/2022 23:59
      Race fee : $25.00
      Processing fee : $2.45
    • Registration opens : 4/3/2022 00:00
      Registration closes : 9/10/2022 23:59
      Race fee : $50.00
      Processing fee : $3.90
    • Registration opens : 9/11/2022 00:00
      Registration closes : 9/17/2022 23:59
      Race fee : $60.00
      Processing fee : $4.48

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