Rainbow Falls is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Reliance, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
A spur trail from the Clemmer Trail in Polk County, TN of the Cherokee National Forest. An easy out-and-back trail to a beautiful waterfall. Description: Rock Creek pours a total of 30 to 40 feet over a series of three distinct drops. The only really good vantage of all of them together is when the vegetation is not in leaf. While no formal name is given to the falls on the Cherokee National Forest trail signs, the same agency has it labeled on its online map entitled Chilhowee Trail System. http://www.mymaps.com/tnfalls/Cherokee/rainbow.html
Feb 10, 2017, water was just right for crossing the stream. A few nice Hemlock trees left (they are being attacked by Adelgids). Nice rhododendrons to contrast with the unclothed white oaks, sweetgums and other hardwoods. The right side of the trail suffered from some recent burn scars. The fire did not cross the creek. The falls... lower which I believe to be Rattlesnake falls and the upper falls or Rainbow falls had a lovely flow. Great day for a hike and the trail is very easy to follow. Enjoy...
Go past the first fall, it will be worth it.
Boots required, moderate hike with great scenery and decent elevation gain. When not in drought two creek crossings that are slightly above ankle deep.
A nice couple-hour (or less) hike. Elevation and slope are not bad, and the water crossings were easy for my wife and me. And we are both occasional hikers in our 50s. The falls are pretty, this is definitely worth doing, unless you are looking for a real physical challenge. parking is limited at the trailhead.
The trail was a little steep for kids after passing the small falls and the trail seem to go missing after coming to a small creek crossing. There were also many trees that had fallen over the trail. The best part was it poured rain on the way back, but found a nice cliff to get out of the down pour.
Ya ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm just incase you want to hike this trail keep in mind there is water crossings, 2 of them. And if you hike the mountain side to the left of the trail it's 600 foot straight up to the next trail is Clemmer Trail. I wouldn't recommend this trail for anyone.
Perfect hike! My 5 yr old even did it! Took us about 2 hours.
Good easy hike, love the falls for sure....
Awesome hike. Just long enough and beautiful scenery. Great for the dogs too!!
A very enjoyable and easy hike. My adult son and I spent a couple of hours enjoying the pretty waterfall as well as the numerous species of wildflowers (including jack-in-the-pulpit and Vasey's Trillium). It's half a mile from the Parksville Lake Campground, just off U.S. 64 near Benton, TN, and the parking area also serves the Clemmer Trail. Highly recommended!
A wonderful easy hike to a sweet little waterfall. My son (adult) and I did this one in a couple of hours, stopping often to photograph the many varieties of wildflowers, including jack-in-the-pulpit, Vasey's Trillium, and pink lady slipper. This is a half-mile from the Parksville Campground of the Cherokee National Forest; the same parking area also serves the Clemmer Trail. Excellent hike!