Down and back up shaded trail over rough terrain. Trails very well marked. River could be dry. Check out some of the small caves. The elevation change could be difficult for some, but the trails are not that long. You could easily hike every trail in the system in an afternoon
Zachary G. on Rainbow Mountain Loop Trail
Experienced hiker difficulty: easy.
Nice trail that does a loop. There's some neat rock formations that you see and walking on the rugged rocky trail is cool. The trail itself doesn't offer a view as you're in the trees the whole time.
-1 star because when I visited the creek at the lowest elevation was dry. Not much you can do about that though.
-1 star because there wasn't too much to see other than the rock formations.
I'd recommend this for a quick lunchtime walk or something. Probably not the best for jogging due to the rocky trail.
Confusing start… parked at pavilion b/c large "Trail" signs point down toward playground behind pavilion. But three large paths lead away from playground. Turns out if you take the trail left from playground you be going clockwise on Loop. Trail to right of playground has lots of small dead end veins. Might have been easier if I'd parked up the hill at the water tower and started counterclockwise from there. Overall great trail, granddaughters enjoyed it.
This is the main loop of the trail system. I like to walk it counterclockwise, going by the water tower first. It is 1.5 miles and easy except for a brief steep rocky stretch going down (counterclockwise on loop) to the Spring. The trail runs along the ridge for first half-mile. Shortly after water tower, side trail to right goes by Balance Rock, a thousands years old rock structure that looks ready to tip over. Side trail rejoins main trail, weaves through beautiful scattered rocks. Trail takes sharp left and crosses over ridge to east/Huntsville facing side. Downhill to the Spring, then uphill to the Rainbow playground, parking lot, and pavillion.
See Land Trust of North Alabama website for detailed map.
Caleb H. on Rainbow Mountain Loop Trail
Very easy but still gives you a nice workout.