Rainbow Falls

EASY 32 reviews

Rainbow Falls is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Reliance, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
465 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

forest

waterfall

wild flowers

Rock Creek pours a total of 30 to 40 feet over a series of three distinct drops. The only really good vantage of all of them together is when the vegetation is not in leaf. While no formal name is given to the falls on the Cherokee National Forest trail signs, the same agency has it labeled on its online map entitled Chilhowee Trail System.

Gorgeous! We hiked it with our two kiddos and it was pouring rain. So much fun.

hiking
19 days ago

Very scenic and easy trail. Nice waterfall. I would do it again

backpacking
24 days ago

can you camp one night here ??

hiking
26 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Two water crossings. Good hike to take children on.

hiking
1 month ago

muddy trail from the night before small trail but with a four year old is kind of tough specially the two crossing creek carrying him across

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail. Cross over the river twice to keep to it.

1 month ago

1 month ago

beautiful waterfall, nice hike with 2 creek crossing

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

3 months ago

3 months ago

Nice trail. It had two river crossings.

4 months ago

Feb 10, 2017, water was just right for crossing the stream. A few nice Hemlock trees left (they are being attacked by Adelgids). Nice rhododendrons to contrast with the unclothed white oaks, sweetgums and other hardwoods. The right side of the trail suffered from some recent burn scars. The fire did not cross the creek. The falls... lower which I believe to be Rattlesnake falls and the upper falls or Rainbow falls had a lovely flow. Great day for a hike and the trail is very easy to follow. Enjoy...

hiking
5 months ago

Go past the first fall, it will be worth it.

hiking
6 months ago

Boots required, moderate hike with great scenery and decent elevation gain. When not in drought two creek crossings that are slightly above ankle deep.

7 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
Monday, June 13, 2016

hiking
Friday, June 10, 2016

A nice couple-hour (or less) hike. Elevation and slope are not bad, and the water crossings were easy for my wife and me. And we are both occasional hikers in our 50s. The falls are pretty, this is definitely worth doing, unless you are looking for a real physical challenge. parking is limited at the trailhead.