Rainbow Falls Trail

HARD 168 reviews
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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 1653 feet Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs


2 days ago

The rough hike was well worth it for the end result!!


2 days ago

hiking

Crowded trail in late August. We had to park far from the trailhead. Some water and good shoes recommended. Lots of rocks on the trail. We took our time going up, hung out at the falls for a while and ate lunch, super easy going down. Round trip took us 4 hours. Small waterfall about 0.5 mile to the falls, nice refresh point. Definitely worth the hike for the waterfall.


3 days ago

hiking

The route shown on the map ends at Rainbow Falls, but the trail continues on from there if you want all the way up to near the top of LeConte. There is connects with the Bullhead trail not too far from the LeConte Lodge, the Alum Cave Trail, Cliff Top, the LeConte shelter, and the top of Mt. LeConte is also within strking distance. This is definitely a challenging trail but an excellent hike.


5 days ago


10 days ago

hiking

Tough trail, but definitely a beautiful one. Be ready for a workout if you want to reach the falls! ✌


12 days ago

hiking

Second year in a row hiking Rainbow Falls. This hike is worth the uphill climb. The trail is fairly covered with large rocks, so carefully consider what shoes to wear. The falls this year were not as wide & thunderous as it was in 2015, however lack of rain this season is a factor. Still, you can't beat the beautiful green scenery around you as you hike. Do It.


13 days ago

Awesome trail, fairly strenuous. I recommend bring plenty of water and at least a snack or two.


1 month ago

hiking


1 month ago

hiking

Great trail. Loved to falls. The parking lot does fill up quickly. I ended up parking well down the road. I recommend bringing plenty of water. I overheard several people saying they wish they had brought more. I would definitely do this one again


1 month ago

hiking

Nice hike...loved the rocks and the stream. We hiked the week of 4th of July. Wish the waterfall would have been flowing better and we did not see a rainbow ☹️. Parking lot does fill up so suggest you get there early.


1 month ago

hiking

Beautiful hike, mostly in the shade. This will be strenuous for those in poor shape and not recommended for those will mobility issues. Proper footwear advised - definitely no sandals or "flip flops" (although some will wear these). As others mention, this is a popular/busy hike - going early in the day is better. Expect some difficulties with parking unless you arrive early. A Camelback is a good idea, otherwise take plenty of water. Plan on at least 3 hours (likely longer) unless you are in great shape and are rushing to get through, but in that case, why are you going on this hike?


1 month ago

It was an amazing hike. I would do this hike again. Little challenging but worth it for the waterfall.


1 month ago

A vary busy trail. Lots of rocks and beautiful scenery. Highly recommend proper foot ware and enough water.


1 month ago

This would have been a more worthwhile hike of the falls would have been flowing more!


1 month ago

Good hike, my wife and I did it, no problem.
Tourist hikers should bring water and wear proper shoes...smh
I'm amazed sometimes


2 months ago

hiking

Quite busy. A good long walk up and back down.


2 months ago

Beautiful. This is a good hike.


2 months ago

hiking

There was no spectacular view but it was good for a strenuous hike.


2 months ago

hiking

Waterfall was beautiful, would probably only be worth it after rain. Saw a black bear right off the beginning of the trail, several turkeys and lots of lizards.


2 months ago

hiking

Pretty hike. Better waterfall if you go after there's been rain.