Rainbow Falls Trail is a 5.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Gatlinburg, TN that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
Excellent outing... This trek was nothing compared to Laurel Falls. Weather dropped 20 degrees or so and was overcast most of the day with a slight drizzle all day. On the way down we came with in three feet of a deer coming up the trail.
Not even sure how many years ago but my legs still hurt. This is a tough climb, but the beautiful waterfall and the "I did it" thrill make it worth the pain.
Beautiful hike and great workout. A steady incline the entire way to the falls but worth it! Saw a bear before entering the trail. Amazing!
The most common sentence heard amongst the trail is "how much farther is it?". Plenty of wild life along the way (came face to face with a black bear when I whipped around a turn) and the waterfall has plenty of space around it for you to have your own little section to rest.
Be aware that once you reach the wide opening with the largest group of people resting that you have seen, odds are you are at the top -- the sign is a bit hidden that lets you know you are at the top. Unless you want to hike an additional 5 miles to what is described as a lake, make sure you know when to stop.
P.S. Don't wear sandals, however it is not bad at all coming down!
Good trail plan on a lot of rocks and steep grades. Falls were a little weak at this time of year due to lack of rain. Overall pretty good hike.
Came down from overnight at LeConte Shelter. August of 2016. Great trail. Down grade the ENTIRE way.
Great trail. Pretty rocky and steep, but worth the effort.
Beautiful. Signs of bear but no sighting. Came down from LeConte Shelter and joined the trail out. It's down grade the entire way. Lace em up tight!
Go early!! We went just before sunrise and were the only ones there- we had the falls all to ourselves! They weren't spectacular because of lack of rain, but it was still really nice to sit and have a snack at the top. 3 stars because of the lack of views. There are trees blocking your view of the rest of the mountains the whole hike so you never get that overlook onto the GSMNP that a lot of hikers, like myself, enjoy
Went on the first day of fall after particularly dry summer. Very little water at the falls. Great hike otherwise. Rates as difficult and I think that's a fair assessment as first 2.7 miles are all uphill. (1500 ft of elevation gain). I would do this again in wetter weather I'll bet the falls are very impressive when running at capacity.
Was a harder trail than we thought. Great steep terrain with some decent scenery. The fall was a little less than we expected, but it hasn't rained in awhile.
Beautiful hike, so much to see on your way up with the old growth trees but the trail is so rocky you can't look up! So peaceful when you get deeper into the hike, perfectly quiet. The falls weren't as spectacular because of the lack of rain this year but still beautiful and sit by and have a quick lunch. My husband and I walked about a milk past the falls just to see some more views but the trail got more difficult the further we traveled and we were pretty wiped out by then so we turned back.
Awesome trail experience. I very much enjoyed this hike. Pretty relentless climb of 2.5hrs up to the falls. The actual waterfall is definitely a sight to see and worth the effort. We did see a couple of turkeys looking for acorns on the way back down....lots of seeds and nuts for forage. This is a forest hike, so not much to see along the way.
Very nice trail and a reasonable degree of difficulty. The waterfall was a delight but there wasn't a ton to see once you left the river on the way up to the waterfall. We saw squirrels and wild turkey.
It was alright. Nothing really stood out to me. It was a fun hike but I probably wouldn't do it again