Rainbow Falls Trail

HARD 202 reviews

Rainbow Falls Trail is a 5.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee 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 1686 feet Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

hiking
7 days ago

Great hike. Went really early and only a few people on the trail. Walk back was a breeze.

17 days ago

Black bear at the trail head, just a few feet off the trail. Saw glimplses of 2 others along the way. Falls are beautiful, everyone seemed to be ignoring the signs not to climb up under them.

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice hike, the falls makes it with it!

backpacking
1 month 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.

2 months ago

Hard

2 months ago

hiking
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hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months 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.

2 months ago

Awesome

hiking
3 months 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
3 months 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!

3 months 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!

3 months ago

3 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
3 months ago

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

3 months ago

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

backpacking
3 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
3 months ago