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4 days ago

Beautiful waterfall!!! The trail leads along the river!!!
Well worth the hike.

Beautiful hike, wear hiking boots not tennis shoes! Bring water and a snack for when you get to the falls, it is well worth the hike. We live in Iowa and the trail was difficult for us but we made it!

Nearly better than clingmans dome due to the fact you can pretty much access this year around. the hike is short. about 3 fairly steep switch backs made of gravel start you out before switching to a paved maintenance road. at the T turn left and the tower will be just a ways up ahead of you. incredible panoramic views, just be sure to dress warm because it can get super windy at the top. took my 80 year old grandparents and we completed it in about a hour and a half. good for the whole family. foothills parkway is worth the drive all by itself too, this is just a bonus.

This was a pretty great trail! As someone who is highly active, coming back up had my heart rate going. There are lots of spots with really great scenery. There are some pretty cool high spots where you can look out and see way down and then some nice low spots. The waterfall is worth the hike in my opinion. We had a 7 year old and a 3 year old with us. The hike down was a bit slow for us because he walked the whole way but coming back up we backpacked him.

the walk to the falls is beautiful and fun to do easy enough to do with children

9 days ago

Great trail, moderate difficulty. Creek all the way along the trail so it makes for great views all the way through. There's a great spot- rock formation that makes about a perfect bench- about 1/2 to 3/4ths of the way through to have a sit and snack. Destination is beautiful and well worth the hike. Went in January and there weren't many other hikers.

10 days ago

Awesome hike!! We went during January so Roaring Fork motor nature trail was closed and we did the whole loop around. It is definitely moderate to difficult at times. Very lightly traveled trail with very nice rewards of mountain overlooks, creek bottoms and waterfalls.

11 days ago

A really fun hike with some great scenery. I would recommend starting the hike early around 7 o’clock maybe 8 o’clock; this is what I did and I had the whole trail to myself until I was on my way down.

12 days ago

Great hike for beginners. Not too difficult but enough to make you feel like you’ve accomplished something. Has multiple spots for hammocking and the falls are great to take a quick dip into. Awesome for a warm summer day!

I loved this hike , very popular tho and crowded at the falls , we had to take turns taking pics of it ...one thing I was glad not to see was a lot of trash on the trail .... a lot of rocks and roots to . but very BEAUTIFUL. .. ITS A SIDE VIEW of the waterfall to .

We went after a big rain and it was very muddy and slick most of the way up. Beautiful scenery with fishing creek beside you for much of the way.

HARD in the winter time! I’d recommend wearing proper hiking shoes and clothes. The views are amazing. I got to see 1 buck and a few squirrels. I made it to the little water fall.

22 days ago

Short couple hr long walk. There and back trail. Nice waterfall near the end. Lot of burn damage still very evident but adds a unique scenic view. Few downed trees over trail but nothing too bad. Few creek crossings so wear a dry boot.

Great hike! Be prepared for mud and ice!

Beautiful hike, especially along the river

For ADA needs this fits the auto drive 100%. Timber, wild life, home sites and water fall. All through the windows of your car.

Trail follows water most of the way. Around the halfway mark you'll make a steep climb before a sharp descent. At the top of that hill, I suggest climbing the boulders. You'll be rewarded with an incredible 360 degree view of the interweaving waterways. The falls at the end roars and is a great spot for lunch and pictures.

Beautiful the whole way through, with the river running parallel for the first bit of the hike and several smaller falls along the way. Loved the wooden and rock bridges and saw a few deer as well. It was raining during our ascent, and because it’s highly trafficked, it resulted in a muddy mess on the way down. This trail is very rocky and I highly recommend proper footwear, especially with the rain and mud. Great trail but would be better once it dries out in a couple days. The waterfalls were huge though because of the rain!

This is a scenic trail with lots of great views. However, it is extremely muddy and slick. I would not recommend it as a trail run.

Easy trail and nice views. Quick hike to a decent waterfall.

1 month ago

Great hike from either end but for me it is a little harder than moderate but well worth the hike.

Beautiful, easy hike through a quiet forest along a lovely river.

on Rainbow Falls Trail

1 month ago

Even though it was super cold it was still an awesome hike!!! Snowing at the falls and it was gorgous!!! Closer to the falls the ground and rock crossings were icy. But it was still a great hike!!!

God this was the trail that led to my first view of a waterfall. Waterfall was breathless and worth the hike. However park ranger told us it was pretty easy hike, but my friend and I were struggling. Then again we weren't used to the altitude. Also lots of inclines, definitely not for beginners. Plenty of people hiking on trail which made me feel safe.

Having read everything we could get our hands on about the Walker Sisters and being fascinated with their story, my wife & I considered the hike to their home to be a pilgrimage of sorts. It’s a particularly special place for those who are familiar with their lives and their story. Walking through the cabin where these ladies lived for so many years was a moving experience.
The stop at Little Greenbrier School on the way to the cabin is worth a few minutes. (See if you can recognize one of the Walker Sisters in the class photo on the interpretive panel!) Glad to see so many of these historic structures being maintained, although it’s discouraging to see so much graffiti on many of them. (Portable toilet near parking area at school.) Trail continues at gate above parking area.
Recommend hiking from Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area (plenty of parking, restrooms locked when picnic area is closed) rather than driving to the school and hiking from there to the cabin. Trail begins at far end of vehicular bridge across from picnic area and features several stream crossings on sturdy footlogs.

The drive itself is quite a treat. Although paved, the road is narrow and winding.
All the historic structures along this route are worth exploring. Glad to see so many of these buildings being maintained. Definitely recommend purchasing the self-guiding brochure, which provides a wealth of information about each stop.
Wife & I did this after a day of heavy rain, and the Place of a Thousand Drips near the end of the route was simply incredible!

1 month ago

Wife & I made this our first stop in Cades Cove to beat the crowds while everyone else was exploring the 3 churches. Large parking lot with 2 pit toilets at trailhead.
This hike was quite enjoyable on a beautiful autumn day, and the falls themselves were impressive. The trail stays close to Abrams Creek much of the way, which makes the hiking all the more pleasurable.
The path is broad and smooth most of the time. On the way to the falls, the trail makes 4 crossings of feeder streams on sturdy footlogs. Although this hike could probably be done in sneakers, hiking boots with good ankle support are perhaps a better choice.
Recommend the side trip to the Elijah Oliver Place – interesting cabin and outbuildings.
As always, carry – and drink – plenty of water, and take some energy snacks (or lunch) to enjoy at the falls before heading back to the trailhead. Even though much of this trail is shaded, sunscreen is never a bad idea. And since the trail is near the creek much of the time, bug spray is advisable during the warmer months.
Highly recommend driving Rich Mountain Road out of Cades Cove. It’s a winding forest road with awesome views! And dinner at one of Townsend’s restaurants is a nice alternative to the craziness of downtown Gatlinburg.

Was very steep! The beginning along the water in the woods was beautiful. Waterfall not impressive. Much more abundant falls in North Carolina.

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1 month ago

easy trail

Beautiful trail, but we didn’t see many people on this route through Cucumber Gap and it could use a little work. Trail signs were present and easy to follow once we found Cucumber Gap.

We started at Jake’s Trail because the parking lot at Little River was full. So, unless you turn around after Little River & Cucumber Gap, it really isnt a “loop”. It was a little confusing, but the map helped. There was a steady climb for the first 3 miles and a challenging water crossing. So, if the parking lot is full, you may want to park by Jake’s Trail, but walk down the road to start at Little River Trail. To finish the loop, we had to walk up the road.

I enjoyed the longer trail, but it was more challenging. Luckily, someone laid a bunch of logs over a stream and we bushwacked about 50 ft to find it. We could not have crossed otherwise, water moving quickly due to previous rain
i assume.

Once we arrived at Little River Trail, it was more crowded (and for obvious reasons: there was a waterfall, scenic river views and ALL Flat).

Old cabins are laid out along the historic trail which is also accessible from this trail.

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