Rainbow Falls Trail

MODERATE 627 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 moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
5.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,653 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

snow

no dogs

Trail is currently open Friday-Sunday. Temporarily closed Monday-Thursday excluding federal holidays. Trail is set to re-open on weekdays in Fall 2018.

A bit more challenging going up than expected, but we were also trying to keep a fast pace. Slippery in spots when coming down- hiking boots recommended if it’s rained recently. Saw a mother bear and her two cubs in a tree which was awesome! Pretty trail and pretty falls

hiking
9 days ago

Great trail and pretty falls. Just a warning...we were there yesterday and there was a fairly large and active yellow jacket nest in the ground right next to the trail. It’s maybe a half mile and those suckers were aggressive. I was stung a couple times and heard of others that were as well.

trail running
12 days ago

great trail! a little scrambling and ALL uphill! hiking is very manageable, but even the most experienced and fit runners will need a walk break! along the way, you can see remna ts of the fire that took place here but also the recovery, simply beautiful. i swear some of the trees here would compare to the Sequoia's in CA. the falls at the 2.5 mile marker are a welcome sight and resting spot...even managed to crawl behind the falls for a cool spraying! as stated only currently open friday-sunday and there are signs warning of bear activity. well worth the effort put in to see this gem!

hiking
15 days ago

This was a fun hike. Definitely take your time going up especially with kids. We had a 7, 9 yr old and two toddlers in backpacks... slow and steady was the rule. Took us about 5.5 hours with lots of breaks going up.

16 days ago

nice hike, good views, weak falls

17 days ago

really beautiful waterfall and hike

hiking
18 days ago

Amazing!!! be careful going down, there's a chance for twisting your ankle!

hiking
19 days ago

This trail was intense just sayin

25 days ago

The falls were absolutely beautiful and so was the hike. A lot of interesting rock formations, smaller falls, and a great view at one point of the trail. This would have been a 5 stars however: 1) it was very crowded, the falls are only open Friday-Sunday due to rehabilitation 2) people graffiti on multiple rocks 3) hard to get a photo of the falls without someone climbing near the falls and/ or sitting directly next to them. Overall nice hike but would do the hike earlier in the day or later when less crowded

27 days ago

A good hike and nice view

hiking
30 days ago

Beautiful hike! It had some steep inclines that were tough on me at 4 months pregnant, but the destination was worth it!

hiking
1 month ago

Very well kept trail. Challenging but doable!

hiking
1 month ago

A good hike. Only opens on Fridays to Sundays. Mostly unpaved, with rain it could be a bit muddy. My 5 year old did it. It took a bit time to hike up, but coming down was a breeze.

1 month ago

little bit of a workout but totally worth it

hiking
1 month ago

Nice enjoyable hike, it took only a hr to hike up to the falls. The falls are well worth the hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Our first hike in the Smoky Mountains! Very scenic with a beautiful waterfall in the end! A little steep but a nice challenge. Our group ranged from 6 to 62 and we all enjoyed it! Will definitely do again on our next visit!

1 month ago

Fun family hike!

1 month ago

Pretty nice trail. Steep so it’s a little challenging. The falls were cool but not amazing

1 month ago

Great hike and views. Rocky terrain so take caution. Marked trail leads to Mt. LeConte.

1 month ago

Neat well kept trail

1 month ago

Beautiful Views! Hike was a little difficult

1 month ago

Amazing!

1 month ago

Pretty amazing hike.

1 month ago

absolutely beautiful shaded hike, breathtaking huge waterfall we thought it was the first little one but ten mins after that there is a huge waterfall you can sit on the Rocks and feel it's refreshing mist, it only took us 2 hrs to get there and hour and 15 mins back well worth the hike

hiking
1 month ago

Bring plenty of snacks and water

hiking
2 months ago

Was worth it for us. We went in the spring and it was cold. It was also just after a large snow storm, so the snow was melting and we got a gorgeous view of the falls! Hiked with my 11 year old and he did great! Took us 2.5 to get up and 1.5 to go down. Several smaller falls along the route as well.

2 months ago

This trail was relatively easy. Other trails we have been on became part of the terrain, whereas this was a “trail” the whole way. Rainbow Falls was beautiful- wished we had seen a rainbow! Worth the view for the distance of the hike. We enjoyed it!

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike but definitely more on the difficult side going up. It had recently rained so there were parts that were very muddy. We passed a lot of people that had slipped and almost slipped ourselves a few times. But if you’re up for the challenge, it’s a beautiful hike, shaded in most parts with pretty water scenery.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail - easy to follow. Not a lot of people since it’s a moderate trail and out to the falls is all up hill. The top of the trail is really nice with the water fall to see and rocks to sit on to enjoy the scenery. Definitely recommend good shoes and water for the hike. About 3 hours for approx 6 miles.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail is pretty tough if you aren’t a seasoned hiker. The trail is a steep incline to the falls. The waterfalls along the way are pretty as well. Rainbow falls was beautiful at the end of the trail but it had rained recently. Coming down was much faster but took us 3 hours of hiking to do this trail there and back. Nice hike.

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