Rainbow Falls Trail

HARD 200 reviews

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.

5.5 miles 1687 feet Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

hiking
5 days ago

Very nice hike, the falls makes it with it!

backpacking
11 days ago

My nephew and I attempted this trail on the way to Mt Loconte but turned around just past the Falls when it got to late and temp dropped. Very tough with a Osprey 65L pack and it didnt help we got to the trail head late.

22 days ago

Hard

23 days ago

hiking
24 days ago

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hiking
25 days ago

Moderate hike but the falls make it worthwhile--awesome hike.

hiking
1 month ago

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.

1 month ago

Awesome

hiking
1 month ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

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!

1 month ago

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!

1 month ago

2 months ago

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.

backpacking
2 months ago

Came down from overnight at LeConte Shelter. August of 2016. Great trail. Down grade the ENTIRE way.

2 months ago

Great trail. Pretty rocky and steep, but worth the effort.

backpacking
2 months ago

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!

hiking
2 months ago

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2 months ago

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